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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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Rogue Valley

Popular Wineries in Rogue Valley View all

  • Arcane Cellars

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

  • Valley View Winery

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

  • Trium Wines

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

  • John Michael Champagne Cellars

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

  • EdenVale Winery

    EdenVale wines are obtained from aristocratic vines, cultivated to perfection by select growers d...

  • Slagle Creek Vineyards

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

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Rogue Valley on Snooth

  • Swallow Cellars Pinot Gris 2009

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    Wine review by Mukuyu


  • Troon Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Foris Fly Over Red 2009

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


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