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The new Southern Oregon AVA has no Pinot envy. In fact, the resident wineries of the appellation are banking on defining Southern Oregon as an alternative to the Pinot-centric Willamette Valley.

The large Southern Oregon AVA is home to a diverse mix of climates and terroir. In general, though, most vineyards in Southern Oregon benefit from significantly warmer temperatures and a much drier climate relative to their northern neighbors.

The new AVA encompasses the Applegate Valley, Umpqua Valley and Rogue Valley AVAs as well as a connecting corridor of land between the latter two regions. While these regions may not register with the average consumer outside the state, they are well known in the Oregon wine industry as a source of quality wines made from heat-seeking red grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. If Earl Jones, the petitioner of the AVA and owner of Abacela Vineyards, has his way, Tempranillo will eventually be listed among the other Iberian varietals.

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Varietals Produced in Southern Oregon View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Southern Oregon View all

  • John Michael

    John Michael Champagne Cellars is a boutique winery producing various champagnes and still wines....

  • Lipa Wines

    Founded in the spring of 2005, Lipa was started in 2003 by 4 friends (1 US, 1 Italian and 2 Frenc...

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Southern Oregon on Snooth

  • Dancin Vineyards Tribute Red Blend Southern Oregon 2013

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    Floral, earthy and dusty aromas with dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry and restrained spice. This is surprisingly juicy and zippy on entry, but finds its character towards the mid palate with more dusty, earthy fruit notes of black cherry, birch bark and a toasty oaken finish that's drying and has good length, with just a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Day Wines Running Bare Mae's Vineyard Applegate Valley 2014

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    Floral cherry and licorice aromas. Delicate and flavorful on the palate with notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry, chunky tannins coming through on the mid palate and a finish of medicine and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quady North Syrah 4-2a 2007

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    A bit harsh, but drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Troon Vineyard M&t Reserve Southern Oregon 2013

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    This has a truly unique nose with campfire smoke and bacon fat aromas with dark blackberry and full black cherry aromas. The palate is much fruitier though there is still that same smoky character mixed with rich cherry and raspberry fruit, soft but alluring tannins and a finish that's full of dark chocolate and more of the signature smoked baco... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Troon Vineyard Longue Carabine Applegate Valley 2014

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    Soft oak notes with hints of peach, white grape, honey and a touch of salted caramel on the nose. More white peach and cream on the palate, this is smooth and rich but shows good fresh spice, some lemon zest, more caramel baked apples and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried many wines of Southern France along the way.  I think my favorite was the Burgundy Pinot Noir wines, as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Henr Estate Pinot Noir Umpqua Valley Barrel Select

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    Wine review by susanshelus


  • Deer Creek Vineyards Pinot Gris 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by 622712deercreekvineyards 622712 deercreekvineyards


  • Underwood Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by kappakutie


  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian ... in Mae’s Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley where 250 million years of geologic events has produced a soil composition of marine deposits that predate the Loire Valley’s marine deposits by 190 million years! The Gamay Noir is sourced from Havlin Vine... Read More

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