Surrounded by Southern Oregon’s vast collection of mountains, rivers and green forests, your visit to our diverse collections of wineries is all within a short, 45 minute to three-hour drive of each other. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville both feature world-class entertainment with charming bed & breakfasts and elegant hotels available nearby. Southern Oregon also features a diverse array of fine restaurants with talented chefs who often prepare locally grown cuisine to pair with our award winning wines.
Southern Oregon is full of natural treasures: Crater Lake, Oregon Caves, redwood forests, the mighty Rogue and Umpqua Rivers; all are surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness. In the past few decades, a new Southern Oregon treasure has emerged in the form of vineyards and wineries that are garnering national and international attention.
The rugged mountain valleys and diverse climates allow for a wide variety of intensely flavored wine grapes to be grown. The cooler areas of Southern Oregon produce wonderful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer while the warmer, more arid regions ripen big reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Grenache and Syrah. Many other unique varieties such as Albarino, Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Marsanne, Rousanne, Baco Noir, Marachel Foch, Mourvedre, Semillon, Petite Sirah and Viognier are also grown; making Southern Oregon one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world.
A visit to a winery in Southern Oregon can involve much more than just tasting wine. Located in beautiful valleys with stunning vistas, a family member or winemaker may be pouring wine in the tasting room, or be nearby to share stories and special wines with you. Many wines are only available at the winery or have very limited distribution, so be sure to take some wines home to share your discovery of Southern Oregon wineries with friends and family.
The Food Network visited Southern Oregon recently to film a four-episode program for viewers in the United Kingdom. The program, "Jeni and Olly's West Coast Wine Adventure," stopped by both the Rogue and Applegate valleys. Take a look!