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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • 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

  • Ledger David Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Rogue Valley Southern Oregon 2016


    Tropical fruit and herb notes on the nose with a bit of lemon ice. Lemon and grapefruit notes on the palate with a touch of soft sweet fruit and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ledger David Cellars Sangiovese Rogue Valley Southern Oregon 2014


    Lovely aromas of floral and endless ripe black cherry with pleasant spice. On the palate, a bit tart with cherry and cranberry notes, medium acidity and chewy tannins, finishing with a bit of medicine and licorice, candied strawberry and dry earth. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • This offer from Ian Cauble looks worth trying:  ATA RANGI, MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR, “CRIMSON”WAIRARAPA, NEW ZEALAND 2016 It’s not news to Pinot Noir lovers that New Zealand has a few appellations capable of producing world-class Pinot Noir. Central Otago, on the south island and home to the most southerly (as in, close to Antarctica southern) v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...

  • Trium Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this.  As if the only thing that mattered was latitude.  (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place?  I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well.  L... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions

  • Dancin Vineyards Chardonnay 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Dancin Vineyards Tribute Red Blend Southern Oregon 2013


    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


    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


    A bit harsh, but drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Troon Vineyard M&t Reserve Southern Oregon 2013


    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

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