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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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Dobbes Family Estate

    Dobbes Family Estate is the realization of my dream of a family wine business and the embodiment ...

  • Fiasco Brothers

    Josh and Ryan started with wine making kits in early 2001 in an attempt to produce “drinkable” wi...

  • Agate Ridge Vineyard

    Agate Ridge is a family owned estate vineyard in beautiful Southern Oregon. As our vision contin...

  • Zenas Wines

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

  • Del Rio Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Valley View Chardonnay Anna Maria 2008

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    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Spangler Vineyards Souther Oregon Red Table Wine 2009

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    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Valley View Vineyard Anna Maria Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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  • Valley View Pioneer Label Merlot 2006

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    Fantastic, Pomerol quality, Merlot from an up and coming region that offers a great value! Bigger wine than most Cali merlots, similar to Washington Merlots. Read More

    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Troon Vineyard Riesling Applegate Valley Dry 2010

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    Funky on the nose with all sorts of weird aromas that range from dried flowers to licorice. Chewing tobacco, dried blood orange and apple butter with a little old wool blanket thrown in for good measure. Light and bright on entry with a lovely rhubarb note early on that leads to a mid-palate full of subtle and elegant orchard fruit flavors. This... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Del Rio Vineyards Muscat Rose Jolee NV

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    Floral and fruity on the nose with grapefruit, floral and tropical fruit aromas. This is lightly fizzy with noticeable sweetness balanced by good acidity, but once the gas dissipates this is a bit loose and soft. Theres plenty of fruit, sort of like adult fruit punch, with cherry, pomegranate and tropical fruit tones. The finish is sweet and fai... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hinman Vineyards Red Blend Rogue Valley Rogue Valley Red 2007

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    This is a big rich spicy blend of noble grape varieties from the Bordeaus and Rhone regions of France, 33% Cabernet franc, 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet sauvignon,4% Tempranillo, 3% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 1% Grenache. Spicy, chewy red, deep with the flavors of blackberry and cherry with balanced tannins in a beautiful finish and lasting taste in the mouth Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • A To Z Wineworks Merlot Blend Rogue Valley 2011

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    A refreshing and easy to drink dry Rose. Perfect for hot humid dry days. On the nose, plenty of strawberries, watermelon, bubble gum and cherries. Reminds me of a jolly rancher. Despite the sweet smells, this wine is dry. Starts off with plenty strawberry and watermelon flavors up front that continue throughout. In the middle and on the ba... Read More

    Wine review by steve16046


  • Dom Serene Evenstad Pinot Noir 2006

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    Wine review by RasmusK


  • Wm Augustus ­ Viognier Marsanne ­ -Rogue Valley Or 2009

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    Wine review by smithdaj54


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