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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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Varietals Produced in Rogue Valley View all

  • 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

  • Slagle Creek Vineyards

    A small family owned winery located at 1800 feet overlooking the west end of the beautiful Appleg...

  • Velocity Cellars

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

  • Valley View Winery

    Established first in the 1850's, Valley View Winery produces a variety of wines which will please...

  • 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...

  • Arcane Cellars

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

  • Trium Wines

    After talking for years about making premium wine from fruit grown in their southern Oregon viney...

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Rogue Valley on Snooth

  • Foris Riesling Rogue Valley 2011


    Classic Riesling on the nose with an initial touch of candle wax followed by gentle honey, baked apple, lime leaf, herb and stone aromas. Vibrant right from the get go, you get a sense of some sweetness here in the body on the tongue but this is acid driven from the first sip. Very fresh and pure in style with apple, pear with a somewhat savory... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Foris Riesling Rogue Valley 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Griffin Creek Tempranillo Rogue Valley 2009


    A great, interesting nose on this wine. If you have ever wondered what coffee notes in a wine smell like...this is it. Also lots of spicy, peppery notes.Tastes like more of the same plus stewed plum, vanilla. Some oak influence but the oak is well integrated (aging done in French oak). We tasted this wine at their tasting room...the plan is to t... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Torii Mor Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2011


    Really, really good Willamette pinot blanc. Extremely well balanced with nice crisp citrus, good clean acidity, nice mouthfeel and a hint of minerality. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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  • Swallow Cellars Pinot Gris 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Mukuyu

  • Troon Vineyard Chardonnay 2010


    Pretty and perfumed with floral and herbal top notes over a core of wood spiced quince and apple fruit. Rather light and transparent on entry, this is rather subtle in the mouth but at the same time it's also quite aromatic on the palate. There are gentle hints of bay leaf and vanilla over the core of mineral flecked apple fruit. There's a fain... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Troon Vineyard Vermentino Foundation Applegate Valley Or 1972


    Apple blossoms, pressed flowers and a touch of quince greet the nose. Bright yet well-rounded with polished edges in the mouth, this shows off the quince of the nose layered upon apple and vaguely herbal flavors on the palate. There's nice focus and a mineral snap to this on the back end, which leads to a juicy fig-tinged citrusy finish that end... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden Syrah 2008


    Earthy and chewy, this bio-dynamically made Syrah had tones of blueberry and concord grape. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau

  • Swallow Cellars Rogue Valley Pinot Noir 2009


    Dry, lacked fruit. Somewhat flavorful, not what I expect from a Pinot. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227

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