Rogue Valley Wine

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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Viognier

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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Popular Wineries in Rogue Valley View all

  • RoxyAnn Winery

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

  • John Michael Champagne Cellars

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

  • Arcane Cellars

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

  • Zenas Wines

    In 1856, Zenas Howard followed the rugged Oregon Trail west to settle in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. F...

  • Velocity Cellars

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

  • Paschal Winery

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

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  • 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

  • Foris Fly Over Red 2009


    Merlot 46%,Cabernet Sav. 28%, Malbec 26%. JUICY. Great nose and nice finish. This is a fun wine (went great with a veggie and salami loaded homemade pizza). When I think Oregon, it's pinot of course (gris and noir). This shows me the state is not just a one-trick pony. This has hints of complexity ... certainly not the structure or depth ... Read More

    Wine review by grittyk

  • Troon Vineyard Riesling Applegate Valley Dry 2011


    Oily nose with tangerine, red pepper, and melon. I'm tempted to call it "Troon-Tang," but I won't. The body has sparkling bright acidity and fills out the palate well over the length, which is fairly good. Easy to drink with nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Foris Pinot Blanc Rogue Valley 2010


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    Wine review by DeeFuhr

  • Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Griffin's Cuvée 2009


    A little bit oaky, with black pepper and raspberry aromas; as it sits the red fruit really gets powerful. The body is quite jammy, with s*-tons of umami fruit esters coming out on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Rogue Valley Skipper's Cuvée 2010


    Mineral earth and a light underlayment of oak support a tart, cherry pie filling style of fruit with minty and blueberry top notes. This is pretty big in the mouth but remains fairly lightweight. I think the modestly high alcohol adds to the impression of richness here, but the intensity of the flavors are undeniable. While the nose shows quite ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Griffin's Cuvée 2010


    This smells stemmy and minty. High toned with chalk, crushed raspberry, rhubarb and floral aromas all topped with a touch of bacon and a little allspice. This is really fresh and has a fine combination of richness and precision in the mouth. The fruit is transparent with light red cherries and raspberries all wrapped in fine herb and spice notes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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