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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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

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Popular Wineries in Rogue Valley View all

  • Valley View Winery

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

  • Paschal Winery

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

  • Agate Ridge Vineyard

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

  • Trium Wines

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

  • Fiasco Brothers

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

  • Del Rio Vineyards

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

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Rogue Valley on Snooth

  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by RasmusK


  • Wm Augustus ­ Viognier Marsanne ­ -Rogue Valley Or 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Dobbes Family Estate Grenache Blanc Rogue Valley Crater View 2010

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    Melon, bright white fruit (such as lemon, grapefruit and starfruit) are all balanced on the palate and provide a zingy, zesty and acidic finish that leaves you wanting more! Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Dobbes Family Estate Skipper's Cuvee Pinot Noir Appellation Rogue Valley Wine By Joe/Dobbes Family Estate 2006

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    Great wine... Oregon has some good Pinot Noir... this one was around $15.. worth it Read More

    Wine review by spazzo


  • Troon Vineyard Merlot Applegate Valley Vineyard Select Elaine's Vineyard 2007

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    This is intense and bright with lots of fine green herb notes, tarragon, and fennel seed all wrapped around orange washed red fruits all sitting on a freshly chopped pine tree stump in the rain. Rich and bright, this is youthfully vibrant with a lovely base of tannins and fine acidity lending the wine a firm yet fresh feel. The fruit is a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rose a To Z 2010

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    An excellent rose with a hint of cherries, dry and to the point perfect for summer with light dishes including fish. Enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Rose a To Z 2010

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    I am not normally a fan of Rose wine. They are often to whimpy or too sweet for me. It was bright and juicy without being too fruity. I liked it. Read More

    Wine review by bamasteve


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