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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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Southern Oregon View all

  • Lipa Wines

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

  • John Michael

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

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Southern Oregon on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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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    Wine review by 622712deercreekvineyards 622712 deercreekvineyards


  • Underwood Pinot Noir 2013

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    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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  • Dom Serene Evenstad Pinot Noir 2006

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    Very complex,easy on the palate and a long finish Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • LuckyLucy, let me also welcome you to Snooth!  If you're looking for "black cherry, milk chocolate, earthy & even smoky notes that's not so tannic" I'd suggest an older southern Rhone. Many of the grenache, syrah, mourvedre blends have loads of dark cherry and earth, but may be a bit on the tannic side when young. Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a bit pric... Read More

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  • I suppose I should make a more proper introduction, Becky.  It is a pleasure to meet you, and I have enjoyed the contributions, above, that you have already made to the Forum.DV's description of me "EMark is not a novice by virtue of the volume of wine he's experienced" does need a bit of explanation.  Relative to a lot of people here, I have ex... Read More

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  • Abacela Albarino 2014

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    Mineral, flinty notes of citrus and peach on the nose with a hint of green apple as well. Good fresh acidity and a zesty character in the mouth, with notes of green apple, tangerine, lemon and peach, finishing long with an extra mineral finish. Excellent wine to bring to the raw bar. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Abacela Grenache Rose 2014

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    Fresh watermelon, herb and mineral notes on the nose with pale cherry aromas and a bit of hay. Bursting with cherry and watermelon flavors, there's a good zestiness to the palate and a touch of cream to round it out, a very clean and easy drinking wine with a zip of perceived sweetness coming from the ripe fruit and zesty mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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