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The Southern Oregon regional history of wine-making dates back to 1852, when settler Peter Britt established a winery in Jacksonville. Though there was further expansion and some degree of growth into the 20th century, most wineries were forced to shut down during the Prohibition.
 
The first Post-Prohibition success in the region was due to the efforts of University of California at Davis oenologist Richard Sommer. Despite UC Davis reports that Oregon would be unsuitable for quality viticulture from a temperature perspective, he saw the potential in the terroir and had inklings that certain varietals would take to the climate with proper care. So in 1961, he established Hillcrest Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, growing Chardonnay, Gewürtraminer and Pinot Noir. His successes inspired other vintners to follow and by the 1970s, the region was dotted with wineries. Southern Oregon was awarded AVA status in 2004.
 
Southern Oregon is the warmest and driest region in Oregon, Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

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  • RoxyAnn Winery

    RoxyAnn Winery handcrafts bold and exciting wines that possess tremendous color, complexity and d...

  • Brandborg Vineyard & Winery

    cool climate pinot noir and aromatic whites

  • Palotai Vineyard

    Palotai Vineyard and Winery invites you to enjoy its Old World hospitality. The winery employs su...

  • John Michael Champagne Cellars

    Located in the Applegate Valley wine country. A boutique winery producing limited, award winning,...

  • Paschal Winery

    The story of Paschal began long ago, when Roy and Jill Paschal bought the piece of property that ...

  • Velocity Cellars

    Velocity Wine Cellars is the personal venture of winemaker Gus Janeway. His conviction that great...

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  • Deer Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014

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    Wine review by Irishczar13


  • Underwood Pinot Noir 2013

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    Wine review by kappakutie


  • Dom Serene Evenstad Pinot Noir 2006

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    Very complex,easy on the palate and a long finish Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Abacela Albarino 2014

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    Mineral, flinty notes of citrus and peach on the nose with a hint of green apple as well. Good fresh acidity and a zesty character in the mouth, with notes of green apple, tangerine, lemon and peach, finishing long with an extra mineral finish. Excellent wine to bring to the raw bar. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Abacela Grenache Rose 2014

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    Fresh watermelon, herb and mineral notes on the nose with pale cherry aromas and a bit of hay. Bursting with cherry and watermelon flavors, there's a good zestiness to the palate and a touch of cream to round it out, a very clean and easy drinking wine with a zip of perceived sweetness coming from the ripe fruit and zesty mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rías Baixas 2009

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    Own rooted The problem child of the year, stuck ferment, bit of va Licorice, herb stem, and earthy aromas wrap around a bit of funk on this high toned nose which shows significant VA. Off dry, this is rather fruity and simple with firm little tannins that contribute to a slightly dusty feel in the mouth. Short on the finish with some floral no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Dobbes Family Estate Syrah Rogue Valley Fortmiller Vineyard 2010

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    Wine review by anchca


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