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The Rogue Valley doesn’t usually receive as much attention as Oregon’s northernmost AVA, the Willamette Valley, which is unfortunate because it offers a richer diversity of climate and a wider variety of grapes.

The appellation is a series of interlocking mountain ranges and river valleys in Oregon’s southern extreme, on the California border. The valley is 70 miles wide by 60 miles long, and hosts less than 20 wineries with 1,100 acres under vine. The climate is distinctly warmer in this part of the state, although the valley hosts a wide range of macroclimates.

In the AVA’s eastern portion, heat-seeking red varietals, such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, thrive in a warm, dry climate on south-facing slopes nearly 2,000 feet in elevation. In the heart of the appellation lays Oregon’s newest AVA, Applegate Valley. Here, vineyards range from 1,000-1,500 feet, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot leading the pack in a range of varietals that flourish. In the valley’s western portion, at the base Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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Popular Wineries in Rogue Valley View all

  • John Michael Champagne Cellars

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

  • Applegate Red Winery

    I only make Red Wines. My approach as a wine grower is to keep it simple. It’s not the old world...

  • Foris Vineyards Winery

    Founded by Ted and Meri Gerber, Foris Winery and Vineyards is family-owned and family-managed. A ...

  • Del Rio Vineyards

    Del Rio looks over Southern Oregon's Rogue River between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ran...

  • Red Lily Vineyards

    Red Lily Vineyards is committed to a single goal—producing the finest tempranillo wine possible. ...

  • Arcane Cellars

    Come try our award-winning wines and stunning new releases: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Syr...

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