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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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Tempranillo

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

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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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  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered throughout this diverse awesome state.Bon Appetit! It's a good lif Read More

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  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    Own rooted The problem child of the year, stuck ferment, bit of va Licorice, herb stem, and earthy aromas wrap around a bit of funk on this high toned nose which shows significant VA. Off dry, this is rather fruity and simple with firm little tannins that contribute to a slightly dusty feel in the mouth. Short on the finish with some floral no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Richard:I did work in the aerospace industry (as a contractor) but I'm now retired.  For what it's worth, I had not heard of Mauritson wines out here, but that Mirassou 2011 'Sunset Red' Pinot Noir blend at our wine tasting party comes from the same location (Healdsburg, CA). My wife has developed her own spreadsheet to track our wines in the ba... Read More

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  • Dobbes Family Estate Syrah Rogue Valley Fortmiller Vineyard 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Rogue Valley Oregon Amelia Rose Cuvee 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Dobbes Family Estate Grenache Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2011

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    Not the most approachable of pinots I've had, but this cherry- and starwberry- forward pinot will win you over. Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk


  • Hi Neecer, just showed my wife your first post and she recognized the car park in the background as being in Montalcino, where she enjoyed a week of vacation last year. Welcome to snooth!  We've been to Washington state and to Oregon several times and are planning our next trip to visit our son in Portland this July. You are very lucky to live i... Read More

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  • J. Scott Cellars Pinot Blanc Southern Oregon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by wblackbubb


  • Purple Cow Red Blend Willamette Valley Gabriela 2008

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    Wine review by anchca


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