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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • 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


  • Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rías Baixas 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually we're partly surrounded by Washington State.  The islands in the middle photo belong to Washington!  The southern part of Vancouver Island (where Victoria is) is below the Canada/US border (the 49th parallel). The Oregon Treaty set the U.S. and British North American border at the ... Read More

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  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for ... ... 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 life.&nbs Read More

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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

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...


  • Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • 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


  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


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