SOUTHERN OREGON

WINE SCENE
Spring 2016

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EDITOR'S LETTER / READING BETWEEN THE VINES
Thanks for taking this issue of Wine Scene along as you
discover the spectacular Southern Oregon wine region!
If you happen to be enjoying a glass of wine right now, I
hope you’re enjoying yourself at a winery featured on these
pages. From north to south, Wine Scene is dedicated to
introducing you to an all-star lineup of local wineries and
telling the story of the people making it happen. Today,
our Southern Oregon wineries are not only earning more
medals at wine competitions, they’re creating a wide array of
enjoyable on-site winery and tasting room experiences for
visitors and locals.
Increasingly, wineries are the new favorite place for people
of all ages to gather and socialize with family and friends in a
beautiful, natural environment. Indeed, for many singles, the
“wine scene” is replacing the dreaded “bar scene” as a more
upscale venue to meet and make new friends. Since wine is a
natural complement to food, art and music, it’s now a major
component of the regional tourism draw. And, for those
lucky enough to call Southern Oregon “home,” it’s improved
our quality of life in numerous ways. So no matter your
favorite wine or winery, discover something special in Wine
Scene—from Ashland to Elkton!
Along with amazing industry people working between
the vines, our climate, geology, soil and topography enables
70+ grape varieties to grow here, making this one of the
most remarkable wine-producing regions in the world. With
an abundance of quality fruit, the effort of skilled farmers

and winemakers is literally paying off in our glasses. And
the best news is that the outside wine world has noticed,
including writers and wine judges, as evidenced by Wine
Enthusiast magazine naming Southern Oregon a “mustvisit” destination and the host of medals won at the 2016 San
Francisco Wine Competition.
Enjoy your wine journey and thanks again for taking Wine
Scene along for the ride as you discover the essence of the
Southern Oregon wine scene.
Cheers to Living Between the Vines!

Whitman Parker

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CONTENTS / SPRING 2016

4 / A GRAPE'S JOURNEY
In our continuing story, follow our grapes
to learn more about the fascinating
process of FERMENTATION and why it’s
truly the essence of all great winemaking.

6 / NEW TROON TOURS
The new Grape Expedition Tour at Troon
offers visitors an insider’s look into how a
winery functions—from the vineyard, to
the barrel room, and beyond.

8 / DE-VINE WEDDINGS
From rustic to rural and riverfront to
refined, discover why more and more
brides and grooms are holding their dream
weddings at local wineries.

19 / BAMBU RESTAURANT
For Bambu's Chef Adam Ward, serving
creative, Asian-inspired dishes sourced from
the finest, local ingredients is as important
as serving them alongside local wines.

20 / OUR GREAT CLIMATE
SOU Professor Greg Jones explains how
and why Southern Oregon’s grape-friendly
climate enables vineyards to be “masters
of all” —from Albarino to Zinfandel.

42 / INDUSTRY NEWS
Recent industry news & events mirror
Southern Oregon’s growing reputation as
an award-winning wine producing region,
from the accolades, to new celebrations,
and educational opportunities.

12-41 / WINERY DIRECTORY
Rogue Valley..........................12-21
Upper Rogue..........................22-25
Jacksonville............................26-31
Applegate Valley....................32-39
Umpqua Valley.......................40-41

REGIONAL MAPS
Rogue Valley..........................13
Upper Rogue..........................23
Jacksonville............................26
Applegate Valley....................33
Umpqua Valley.......................41

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A Grape's Journey / FERMENTATION

by MJ DASPIT

From Tank to Barrel
Photos courtesy of Del Rio Vineyards

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hen we left off, our white grapes had gone
skinless, seedless and pulpless to ferment—
typically in a stainless steel tank, but sometimes
in-barrel. Our red grapes remained whole, perhaps
still on the stem in an intact bunch, slightly crushed
or macerated to release some juice. Red grapes are
commonly set to ferment in square bins made of
stainless steel or food-grade plastic. The bin has
a removable cover that allows easy access so the
winemaker can “punch down” the solids that rise
to the top of the fermenting juice. The punch down
re-mixes the juice, pulp, skin and seeds, called “must,”
for maximum extraction of color and flavor.
The conversion of the sugars in the grape juice
to alcohol through the action of yeast is known as
“primary fermentation.” Yeast is a living organism
which needs relatively warm conditions and a food
source to grow. Yeasts are everywhere—in soil, water
and on plant surfaces. Today’s modern winemaking,
which emphasizes natural processes and as little
intervention by the winemaker as possible, favors the
use of naturally-occurring yeast for fermentation.
Thus, the yeast arrives on the skin of the grapes as
they come in from the vineyard and goes into the
fermentation vessel with them. In the fermenter, the
yeast feeds on sugars, produces byproducts (alcohol
and CO2), reproduces and dies. Expired yeast falls
to the bottom of the fermentation vessel, creating
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what the winemaker calls the “lees.” You may have
seen the expression “sur lie” on the back of a bottle
of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to describe how
it was made. This French expression means that the
winemaker stirred the lees back into the wine to
intensify its flavor, very much like the punch down
process for reds.
When there is no more sugar in the juice for
the yeast colony to feed on, the yeast expires and
fermentation stops. At this point, the wine is
fermented to dryness, meaning there is 0% sugar in
the wine. In making some wines, such as Germanstyle Riesling, the winemaker halts the fermentation
process before all the sugar in the juice is consumed
by the yeast. These wines are said to have residual sugar
or RS. Fermentation can be halted by several factors
including cold, the addition of distilled alcohol to the
fermenting wine, as in the making of Port-style dessert
wines, or the addition of Potassium metabisulfite. Any
of these actions will kill off the yeast colony, preventing
further primary fermentation.
Fermentation usually takes a week to ten days.
During this time, the winemaker will take samples
of the juice to carefully measure the acidity, sugar
content and alcohol percentage. This monitoring
allows the winemaker to assess whether the wine is
coming along nicely, or whether he needs to influence
the process somehow. How? If the fermentation is

stalled—for instance, if the yeast has quit working due
to low “brix” (sugar content)—the winemaker can
add sugar. If the wine lacks the proper flavor profile,
there are chemical additives such as tartaric acid that
can enhance its character. Such measures are typically
not necessary in a good year when the growing
conditions are optimum. But in years when there was
too much rain or too little sunshine to fully ripen the
fruit, the winemaker is tasked with making up the
shortfall of the crop with manipulation in the winery.
But wait! There’s more! After primary fermentation,
red wines are pressed off the must and transferred to
barrel. Depending on the varietal, white wines may
be bottled directly from the fermentation tank or they
may be barreled. In-barrel, red wines and some whites
typically undergo a second fermentation initiated
by inoculation with lactic acid bacteria, typically
Oenococcus oeni. Called “malolactic fermentation,”
this process converts tart-tasting malic acid to softertasting lactic acid. Lactic acid imparts a creamy
richness, called “butter” in the case of Chardonnays.
Winemakers actively prevent malolactic conversion in
varietals such as Riesling and Gewüztraminer where a
fruiter, floral character is desired in the finished wine.
In our next installment of “A Grape’s Journey,” we’ll
see what happens during the wine’s time in-barrel
and why wines, unlike baseball teams, are often
considered much improved by some time in the cellar.

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TROON VINEYARD
Behind The Cellar Door
by Anne Vidor

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sk anyone passionate about wine and they’ll tell you the journey is the thing.
In Southern Oregon, we take that journey down lovely country roads to
uncrowded tasting rooms where it’s not unusual to find the winemaker behind the
bar treating us to the story behind their label. The discovery of a great glass of wine
is really about our search for it, as along the way we add to our own wine wisdom.
Wine, after all, is better appreciated the more you know.
One Applegate Valley winery is leading the way in giving us what we want:
inside access. Troon Vineyard has long been a top destination for dedicated
oenophiles because, in addition to the beautiful estate grounds and excellent
wines, a knowledgeable and well-trained tasting room staff always has insightful
information to share. And now, even more so. Beginning this spring, Troon is
offering a behind-the-scenes and expanded estate tour and tasting that begins
in the vineyard and travels through the heart of the winery, enhancing the wine
experience and the journey.
“It became evident that visitors to the winery had a sincere interest and desire to
gain a better understanding of the importance of the vineyard as well as all of the
different stages in modern-day winemaking,” says Steve Hall, Troon’s Winemaker.
The newly-crafted tour is designed to do just that by explaining the evolution
of the grape, following the path it takes from the vineyard to the glass and,
most importantly, all of the steps in between. Now anyone interested in the art
of winemaking can experience it firsthand.
The tour starts with a sample of the first wine and an overview of where Troon
sits relative to its AVA and the surrounding wine region. This offers a great sense
of perspective; it’s a big wine-world and location is no small deal.
“Dick Troon planted vines back in 1973 on a gentle slope above the Applegate
River,” explains Hall. “Similar to Sonoma County and Paso Robles, with mountains
marching west to the Pacific Ocean, each summer afternoon, ocean winds race
up the Rogue River to cool this part of Southern Oregon. The hot days and cool
evenings force the grapes to naturally thicken their skins, and give us more
intensity and color in the wines.”
In the vineyard you will witness firsthand the impact of geography and geology.
Covering the life of the vine as well as some of the viticulture practices that

are distinctly Troon, such as their site-specific approach and commitment to
sustainability, this stop on the tour turns the notion of “sense of place,” into a
meaningful concept.
Next, the tour heads toward the winery to the crush pad and past the treading
room, places many winery visitors have never seen before. Here the practice of
“gentle handling” is revealed as much more than a nice idea: it’s an approach that
has real and tangible effects on the complexity of a wine.
“We gently tread on the grape clusters to unleash the natural yeasts and grab
color and aromas from the grape skins,” the winemaker says about their decision to
incorporate this age-old process, just one of the countless choices made by artisan
winemakers like Hall.
The tour passes the “wild fermentation preserve,” where wine ferments outside
and meets with native yeasts, kept naturally cool in the shade of large oak trees.
On to the tank room, you’ll sample another wine amongst the massive stainless
steel tanks and learn a bit about the role they play in the process. Proceeding to the
barrel room, the guide shares some of Troon’s specific barrel aging methods and
what this lends to the wines you love. The tour concludes with a private tasting in
the tasting room, where what you’ve just seen manifests as wine in your glass.
Troon Vineyard has rightly identified a meaningful evolution of the wine tasting
experience. According to a national study conducted last summer by Wine Business
Monthly, tasting room traffic and revenue is on the rise—up about 18% between 2013
and 2014 in Oregon—as is the trend toward more comprehensive and formal tasting
experiences. From sit-down, instructional tastings to extensive estate tours, wineries
across the country are answering the call from knowledge-thirsty wine consumers to be
allowed behind the cellar door.
We shop for wine differently than we do any other commodity; face-to-face
with the producer, where we gather information that simply cannot be gained
by standing in front of a grocery store shelf and making a selection based on
merchandising and price-point. Troon’s behind-the-scenes winery tours provide
the opportunity to enhance our understanding of wine. And, more importantly,
they’ll benefit every winery in Southern Oregon as locals and visitors gain a
deeper connection to and understanding of the wine in their glass.

“The Grape Expedition Tour” runs April through summer and harvest season, tours are held Friday-Sunday at noon, 2pm and 4pm.
To book a tour, contact a Tasting Room Ambassador at 541-846-9900, or email tastingroom@troonvineyard.com.

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De-Vine Weddings

by Sarah Lemon
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holesome, natural, yet sophisticated — the air of a
French farmers market supplied the theme for Alexi
and Jeff McCullough’s July 2015 wedding. A riverfront wine
estate in the Applegate furnished the perfect venue.
“We loved the beach setting,” says Alexi McCullough. “We
loved the tasting room.”
Every feature of Red Lily Vineyards painted a vibrant, yet
intimate portrait of the region, say the McCulloughs. With
fruits, vegetables, artisan foods and wines to rival California’s
Napa Valley, Southern Oregon emerged as an enticing weekend
destination for a majority of the McCulloughs’ 230 guests.
“We really wanted to show it off,” says Jeff McCullough, 31.
“I wanted them to experience our new home,” says
Alexi McCullough, a 29-year-old Rogue Valley native who
relocated with her husband from Seattle to Ashland.
The couple considered several other sites, from a historical
pear orchard in east Medford to a small, picturesque farm
secluded in the mountains above Ashland. On a friend’s
suggestion, the McCulloughs trekked 12 miles from Jacksonville
to Red Lily, joined its wine club and looked no further.
“Good wine was important to us,” says Jeff McCullough, a
financial advisor.
“We enjoy wine, and our friends and family enjoy wine,”
says Alexi, a second-grade teacher. “They (Red Lily) opened
up their entire portfolio.”
As diverse as grape varieties grown in Southern Oregon,
are wedding accommodations at area wineries. From the Old

World grandeur of Belle Fiore’s chateau near Ashland to the
humble roots of Red Lily’s 90-year-old, converted pole barn,
local wine estates are awash in ambiance. Elegant mansions
and walled gardens give glimpses into the genteel past of
pear cultivation. Manicured, park-like grounds and groves of
native oaks overlook the region’s peaks and valleys.
“People could get a whole sense of the valley there,” says
Jeff McCullough of the vantage from Red Lily’s 260 acres.
Rural landscapes appeal to Holly Adolph, but she didn’t
want guests and vendors to drive more than a few miles for
her September wedding. An icon of agricultural history in
the middle of east Medford, RoxyAnn Winery is five minutes
from Adolph’s childhood home, making it the obvious
backdrop for her next major life event.
“It just felt right for us,” says Adolph, a 28-year-old nurse in
Denver. “The value is so great … for what you’re getting.”
RoxyAnn’s price tag of $3,000 for up to 150 guests affords
access to the grounds, several historical structures, tables
and chairs, setup and cleanup crews and such necessities as
restrooms and trash bins. The winery also waives the first
$200 toward a wedding party’s wine purchase.
Comparable pricing structures for similar amenities are
offered at many Southern Oregon wineries. Grizzly Peak
Winery in Ashland can host up to 100 for as little as $2,500.
Fifty people are Red Lily’s maximum for an initial $3,500,
with $20 charged per additional guest. The Applegate’s
Schmidt Family Vineyards comes at a cost of $8,000.

THE WEDDING:
Alexi & Jeff McCullough
Summer 2015
THE VENUE:
Red Lily Vineyards
Jacksonville, Oregon
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THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
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THE FLOWERS:
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Some spots, such as Gold Hill’s Del Rio Vineyards, quote prices within a range
of several thousand dollars based on factors beyond the number of guests. Other
properties, such as Medford’s EdenVale Winery, don’t disclose pricing before
consulting with couples.
“ … Our ability to deliver a custom wedding and manage all the details … makes
for a priceless experience,” says Anne Root, EdenVale owner and general manager.
“The families enjoy the day, the party, special memories and don’t suffer the stress
of managing details.”
Invaluable are the event staff that most Southern Oregon wineries provide, says
Medford event planner Kimberly Hicks. Couples who help to set up and pick up
after their own weddings forfeit some of that festive feel, says Hicks. And separate
rental fees for tables, chairs and other items to outfit a site with no amenities can
result in very little cost savings, she adds.
“It’s more the ease and logistical planning,” says Hicks of venues, including
wineries, that offer a complete hospitality package.
Although other outdoor locales around the region are plenty popular for
weddings, the number of nuptials at wineries seems to be on the rise, with no sign
of slowing down, says Hicks. For some couples, the chance to drink good wine may
be just the “icing on the cake,” she adds.
“The romance of the vineyards, meadows, barns — and the gorgeous landscape
that surrounds us — captures the brides’ image of the perfect wedding day. A day
that is naturally and organically beautiful and romantic while not being uptight or
stuffy,” says Hicks.
Antique sofas and church pews mingled with birch logs and chalkboards at the
McCulloughs’ wedding. Old-fashioned lace contrasted with a modern color scheme
of navy blue and chartreuse, echoed in both bridal finery and floral arrangements
of hydrangeas and hop vines by Penny and Lulu Studio Florist.
“Everything was very natural,” says Alexi McCullough. “With a Southern Oregon
flair.”
The freshest harvest from Southern Oregon’s fields and gardens composed the
farm-to-table menu catered by chef Neil Clooney’s Smithfields in Ashland. Organic
butter lettuce, radishes, carrots, potatoes and herbs traveled fewer than 10 miles
from Barking Moon Farm to the winery. And high summer’s sweet corn grown at
Talent’s Fry Family Farm highlighted chilled avocado soup of a verdant green to
match the McCulloughs’ bridal bouquets.
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Main courses of Oregon steelhead and hanger steak were paired with Red Lily’s
Tempranillo, winner of numerous awards. Subject to a minimum wine purchase,
the McCulloughs scored a few bottles of the sold-out “Life of Riley,” a tempranillocabernet blend, for their head table and parents’ tables.
Lily Girl Rosé — served chilled at the beach — impressed not a few of the
McCulloughs’ guests, who rode complimentary shuttles to the winery. The crowd
toasted the newlyweds with cava that Red Lily didn’t produce but procured.
“The minute they stepped off the bus, we were greeting them with cava,” says
Ragan Atkinson, Red Lily’s special-events manager.
“The whole wedding was about the guest experience,” says Jeff McCullough.
With the entire Red Lily spread at their disposal, guests’ wedding invitation
entailed an exclusive look at one of Southern Oregon’s premier wineries. To
accommodate a wedding — only about a half-dozen per year — Red Lily closes
its tasting-room to regular customers for the day, says Atkinson. That undivided
attention convinced the McCulloughs that Red Lily would handle their special day
with as much care as its vines and fine wines.

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ROGUE VALLEY

BELLE FIORE WINERY

Belle Fiore Winery
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520
541-552-4900
bellefiorewine.com
Hours:*
Wednesday & Sunday, noon-8pm
Thursday-Saturday, noon-9pm
*Please check our website for
current hours as they may change
with the seasons.

ELIANA WINES

BELLE FIORE WINERY is a place of
unparalleled elegance. A classical French
chateau with state-of-the-art winery, the
Italianate Wine Pavilion surrounded by
vineyards on the slopes above Emigrant
Creek—Belle Fiore’s landscaping, architecture
and décor are nothing short of eye-popping.
Belle Fiore offers a wide selection of wines
made to the exacting standards of their
Napa Valley-trained winemaker. Belle Fiore’s
talented, award-winning winemaking team
won Best of Show for their 2012 Numinos red
wine in 2015. They currently make 8,000 cases
of artisanal wines a year from the estate’s fifteen
different varietals.
Wine aficionados will not want to miss Belle
Fiore’s many award-winning wines including
Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone vintages or
such unusual varietals as Teroldego, Verdejo,
and Caprettone.
In addition to wines of exceptional quality,
Belle Fiore offers live music, special events, art
exhibits, exclusive winemaker dinners, tapas
and full meals. In beautiful weather, visitors
can enjoy relaxing with wine-paired tasting
specials on the patio overlooking the vineyard.
Outside the Wine Pavilion, there’s even a bocce
ball court.
And there could be no more sumptuous or
welcoming spot for your special private event
or wedding. Belle Fiore Winery, Estate, and
Vineyard is an extraordinary, must-see gem in
the Rogue Valley!

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Eliana Wines
158 Gaerky Creek Road
Ashland OR 97520
541-690-4350
elianawines.com
Hours:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday,
noon-5:00pm
Varietals:
Bordeaux Blend
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Tempranillo

ELIANA WINES is the label of Brian and
Carien Jordaan. Brian, a one-time commercial
grower of roses, adapted his “soft-handed”
horticultural technique to production of the
wine grapes that go into Eliana vintages. Since
2008, Brian and his family have tended Belle
Vista Vineyard, a stunning hillside site in the
Pompadour Bluff area east of Ashland planted to
Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vines, now nearly twenty years-old, have
yielded exquisite fruit under Jordaan’s care.
Made in very limited lots by winemaker Steve
Anderson, Eliana vintages reflect a unique
terroir and Jordaan’s exacting specifications.
Since 2011, Jordaan has added Tempranillo
to his wine list of exquisite Bordeaux varietals
and blends. From Thistlecroft Vineyard, a close
neighbor to Belle Vista, the Tempranillo is a
lush mélange of aromas and flavors featuring
ripe strawberry and dark cherry notes.
The best way to try Eliana is to stop by the tasting
room. Brian and Carien love sharing their elegant
wines with visitors. Open March-October, the
intimate indoor wine bar offers cozy warmth
while the outdoor seating offers incomparable
vistas of the vineyard with the Siskiyou
Mountains and Pilot Rock in the distance.

CENTRAL POINT
Ledger David Cellars / Pg 17
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502

MEDFORD
EdenVale Winery / Pg 18
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
RoxyAnn Winery / Pg 18
3285 Hillcrest Road
Medford OR 97504

See page 26
for a detailed
map of
Jacksonville

ASHLAND
Belle Fiore Winery / Pg 12
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520
Eliana Wines / Pg 12
158 Gaerky Creek Road
Ashland OR 97520
Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro / Pg 14
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
Grizzly Peak Winery / Pg 15
1600 E Nevada Street
Ashland OR 97520
Weisinger Family Winery / Pg 16
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland OR 97520

©Jacksonville Publishing LLC 2016
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ROGUE VALLEY

ROGUE VALLEY

ENOTECA WINE TASTING & BISTRO

ENOTECA is EdenVale Winery’s second
tasting room, located in the center of Ashland’s
bustling Plaza scene. The friendly staff and
award-winning wines await in a comfortable
and quiet “get-away nook.” The warm and
casual atmosphere is the perfect setting to
taste EdenVale’s many Rogue Valley wines and
explore the vineyards of Southern Oregon in
your glass. Edenvale produces wines that are
handcrafted—barrel and bottle-aged—using
sustainable methods, while supporting local
families and farmers in the Rogue Valley.

Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-3377
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Wednesday, noon-6pm
Thursday-Saturday, noon-8pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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Enoteca also offers tapas-style foods, soups,
salads, cheese boards and other light-fare menu
items designed to pair with featured daily wine
flights. The friendly staff can also help find the
perfect restaurant for lunch or dinner, help map
out your tour of local wineries or just engage in
good conversation.
Enoteca also hosts colorful local bands and
musicians on Friday nights, offers a stash of fun
board games and, as a member of the Ashland
Gallery Association, curates an ever-changing
array of work by local artists on its walls.
Offering one of the best “people watching”
views on the Plaza, the upstairs sitting room is
a great place to spend time relaxing with a glass
of wine in the perfect chair!

Grizzly Peak Winery
1600 E Nevada Street
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-5700
grizzlypeakwinery.com
Hours:
April thru October,
Thursday-Sunday, noon-4pm
November thru March,
Saturday-Sunday, noon-4pm
Varietals:
Cab Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Marsanne
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Roussanne
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

ROGUE VALLEY

GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY

GRIZZLY PEAK is nestled on a protected
mountain slope just minutes from downtown
Ashland. The high elevation site produces
top quality wine grapes and provides visitors
incomparable vistas. Established by Al and
Virginia Silbowitz in 1998, the list of Grizzly
Peak vintages available for sampling in the
tasting room has grown to include Pinot Noir,
Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc, Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier,
Chardonnay and several blends. Of four Grizzly
Peak reds entered in the 2015 Oregon Wine
Awards competition, all took gold and two,
the 2012 Cabernet Franc estate vineyard and
the Rogue Rouge Bordeaux blend, took double
gold. Daughter Naomi Fuerte, as friendly as she
is wine-savvy, presides in the tasting room, an
intimate spot perfect for visiting and sipping
with friends.
As you plan the next fundraiser or private
party, don’t forget that Grizzly Peak offers
interior event space suitable for up to 125
people in a building that will eventually house
the estate winery. A larger winery space
suitable for crowds of 200 will be available
soon. Check the website for the latest details
and hours. No matter the time of year, Grizzly
Peak is the right spot with the right wines.

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WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY

WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY is the first
wine tasting spot northbound visitors entering
Oregon on Interstate 5 encounter after
descending the Siskiyou Summit—and there
could be no better gateway to Rogue Valley
wine country. With a list including cool climate
Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir along with
Bordeaux, Tempranillo and Rhône varietals,
Weisinger offers wine tourists a taste of the
region’s diversity at their very first stop.

Weisinger Family Winery
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland OR 97520
541-488-5989
weisingers.com
Hours:
October-April,
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

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Varieties:
Tempranillo
Bordeaux Blends
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Dry Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Pinot Noir
Rose
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Viognier

Weisinger wines are made by second
generation winemaker Eric Weisinger, whose
resumé includes experience in California’s
Russian River, New Zealand and Australia.
Besides award-winning wines, visitors will
enjoy relaxing on the tasting room deck with
a nosh plate, taking in beautiful views of the
estate vineyard and the rugged Cascade Range
in the distance.
In support of the community, Weisinger
offers a full slate of cultural events. Each
month the work of a different local artist is
displayed in the tasting room and local authors
read at Friday Words & Wine. Look for live
musical performances starting with the Grand
Release event on Memorial Day Weekend and
continuing every Saturday and Sunday through
the end of September.
Weisinger Family Winery may be the first stop
on your winery itinerary, but it’s the last one
you’ll forget.

ROGUE VALLEY

LEDGER DAVID CELLARS

LEDGER DAVID CELLARS’ Central Point
venue, dubbed Le Petit Tasting Room, is
spectacularly located between the worldrenowned Rogue Creamery and equally famous
Lillie Belle Chocolates. Amid these culinary
stars, Ledger David shines brightly, having
recently burnished its reputation for premium
estate wines by winning nine medals from the
2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Ledger David Cellars
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502
541-664-2218
ledgerdavid.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
Malbec
Malvasia Bianca
Petit Verdot
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Wine Enthusiast’s Paul Gregutt lists two Ledger
David wines among his latest Editor’s Choice
picks: 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (92 points),
calling it “aromatic and compelling . . . fresh
and full of delicious fruit,” and 2013 Primoris
Chenin Blanc (91 points) about which he
writes, “Chenin Blanc is quite rare in Oregon,
and this wine, from vines planted just five years
previously, may inspire others to follow suit...
The balance and length are just right and the
varietal character is in evidence throughout.”
Ledger David fruit comes from the
Varner-Traul Vineyard planted in 2007 to
Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, Viognier,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet
Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
and Petit Verdot.
With so many stellar selections on its list, it’s
no wonder Ledger David’s label was designed
around an artist’s conception of three stars of
Orion’s belt.

OPEN DAILY - 4:30pm

Rogue Valley
featured wines

541-488-9511
50 E. Main St. Ashland

April 1-30th - Quady North
May 1-31st - Kriselle Cellars
June 1-30th - Irvine Vineyards

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ROXYANN WINERY

EDENVALE WINERY

EdenVale Winery
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
541-512-2955 x2
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, 11am-8pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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EDENVALE WINERY is the Rogue Valley’s
most unique winery and destination facility,
just-off Hwy 99 between Ashland and
Jacksonville. The winery is located on the oldest
commercial orchard land in Oregon, nestled
on the valley floor with breathtaking views
of the Siskiyou Mountains and surrounded
by orchards and vineyards. The Eden Valley
Orchards’ property takes you back to an
era of gracious hospitality with the on-site
1890’s Voorhies Mansion and formal gardens,
complimented by heritage pear trees and a
demonstration vineyard. The estate is the
perfect place to taste and experience old-world
styled wines…barrel- and bottle-aged. Here,
winemaker Ashley Campanella produces
premium, handcrafted wines including,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo,
Merlot, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,
Viognier, Pinot Gris and various blends.
EdenVale’s charming and historic Carriage
House serves as the present-day tasting room,
with a knowledgeable staff that love talking
about the wines and the region’s best attributes.
The grounds feature extensive, private picnic
areas and patios to enjoy the day, the views
and delicious wines. EdenVale also makes
an exquisite venue for weddings, and hosts
the Rogue Valley’s most prestigious public
and private events including a wide array of
music festivals, symphony concerts and weekly
summer dance and dining activities…enjoy
your visit!

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ROXYANN WINERY was originally the pear
growing and packing operation known as
Hillcrest Orchard. But Jack Day, grandson of the
Seattle businessman who became owner and
manager of Hillcrest in 1908, had other ideas. Day
planted wine grapes on 20 acres of the southfacing slope of RoxyAnn Peak where shallow clay
soils are perfect for Bordeaux varietals. With the
first harvest in 2001, RoxyAnn Winery was born.

RoxyAnn Winery
3283 Hillcrest Road
Medford OR 97504
541-776-2315
roxyann.com
Hours:
Monday-Thursday, noon-7pm
Friday,11am-9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Today the RoxyAnn estate vineyard runs to 70
acres from which the winery produces 15,000
cases of award-winning Claret, Pinot Gris,
Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah,
Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Many of the
original Hillcrest Orchard buildings, added
to the National Register of Historic Places in
1984, are still used by the winery. Visitors will
enjoy the warm, old-fashioned atmosphere
of the tasting room featuring premium
estate wines and gourmet items. The quaint
setting notwithstanding, RoxyAnn adheres
to enlightened sustainable farming practices
and employs state-of-the-art methods in wine
production, supporting preservation of the
natural surroundings while ensuring the finest
fruit and superior wines. The tasting room is
open seven days a week.

n oasis of tropical flavor beckons at east Medford’s Bambu restaurant, where
customers find both a “neighborhood spot” and a hotspot for local wines.
Bambu’s eclectic menu takes the taste buds on a tour of Southeast Asia and
the Pacific Rim. But chef-owner Adam Ward looks close to home for wines that
highlight his Pan-Asian cuisine. Southern Oregon, including east Medford’s own
iconic wine estate, RoxyAnn Winery, furnishes about one-third of the labels in
Bambu’s cellar and almost half of the restaurant’s wines by the glass.
“We sell RoxyAnn hand over fist above anything else,” says Ward.
Just a mile from Bambu, RoxyAnn Winery enjoys a following with the majority
of Ward’s customers, who live in close proximity to both businesses. When winetasting patrons ask for dining suggestions, RoxyAnn staff routinely point them in
Ward’s direction, says winery owner Chad Day.
“We’re a pretty good staple on their wine list.”
Installed in 2001 at the Larson Creek Shopping Center, Ward’s eatery opened
as Medford's second Asian Grill before reinvention as an upscale, rather than fastcasual, concept. Ward’s tenure at Ashland’s Thai Pepper are the roots of Bambu.
Also founded in 2001, RoxyAnn Winery is rooted in 150 years of agricultural
history, including more than a century as a commercial pear orchard. The vineyard
and winery share property with Hillcrest Orchard, owned by members of the same
family for four generations.
RoxyAnn’s extensive portfolio — from light, subtle pinot gris to dark, bold syrah
— provides a wine for just about any ethnic fare, says Day. From $28 to $35 per
bottle, the winery’s prices meet the midpoint on Bambu’s list.
“They don’t want wines that are going to sit on their shelf,” says Day.
RoxyAnn pinot gris is among the crisp whites that pair well with Ward’s citrusy,
spicy, herbaceous recipes, says the chef. Quady North Pistoleta accents the richness of
sesame- and macadamia-encrusted mahi with coconut cream sauce, says Ward. Kriselle
Cellars sauvignon blanc and Irvine Family Vineyards chardonnay — available in a halfbottle — are other complementary whites, he adds.

Chef Ward Keeps
Food & Wine Local
at BAMBU

by Sarah Lemon
On the other end of the spectrum, RoxyAnn merlot and Kriselle cabernet franc
are rich backdrops for Ward’s rack of lamb and Kobe beef specials. Although
the chef says he gravitates toward white wines, he appreciates such reds as Jaxon
Vineyards syrah and Simple Machine Vector, a grenache-syrah blend produced by
Brian Denner, winemaker at DANCIN Vineryards.
With a red and a white from Southern Oregon always on special, says Ward,
Bambu proves that food inspired by far-flung locales can promote “keeping
things local.”

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WINE SCENE
Thank you to our contributors!

Retired Naval Officer MJ Daspit moved from San Diego, CA with
husband Gary Greksouk to Ashland in 2004, where she began
a second career as a writer. Daspit’s published works include
the pictorial history ROGUE VALLEY WINE, co-authored with
winemaker Eric Weisinger (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and a
historical novel, LUCY LIED (Fireship Press, 2014).
Food and lifestyle writer Sarah Lemon gathers inspiration
from cooking, gardening and exploring all things epicurean in
her native Oregon. She frequently contributes articles to the
Mail Tribune newspaper, which also hosts her blog, The Whole
Dish. She has represented Southern Oregon as an ambassador
for Travel Oregon, and often serves as a judge for the region’s
various culinary competitions and festivals.
A publishing industry professional for more than 20 years, Anne
Vidor is a partner in The Hardy Agency, producing content for
clients and print publications across all lifestyle categories, but
with a focus on food, wine, and travel. Happily transplanted to
Southern Oregon from the Central Coast of California, she and her
husband live in the Applegate Valley.

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Great Climate + Great Grapes = Great Wine

Dr. Greg Jones
It’s the one thing we all complain about, but lovers
of Southern Oregon wines never should. It’s our
weather and the climate which, along with the right
terrain and soils, allows us to produce everything
from Albariño to Zinfandel—well, almost. The actual
number of different wine grape varieties planted in
Southern Oregon is about 70, with about 40% of
acreage devoted to Pinot Noir, 13% to Pinot Gris, 6%
to Syrah and 5% to Tempranillo. Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Chardonnay represent 4% each with
Riesling and Viognier at 3% each.
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But the diversity of our wine grape production
wouldn’t mean much if, as a grape producing region,
we were a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Is
that the case? Hardly! More like a master of all. If
you’re skeptical about the success of our diversitybased wine industry, check out these stats: from 1984
through 2014, the number of Southern Oregon wine
grape growers increased from 21 to 226, the number
of wineries grew from 3 to 121 and total crop value
went from $131,000 to over $28 million!
So how can the region produce high-quality grapes
that run the gamut from cool climate Rieslings,
Alsatians, and Pinots to “roasted slope” varietals
like Syrah and Grenache? Or, to put it another way,
in a world where specialization is usually the key to
top-quality performance, how is it that we practice
viticultural diversity so well?
Southern Oregon University’s Dr. Greg Jones,
Director, Division of Business Communication and
the Environment and Professor, Environmental
Science and Policy—our favorite viticultural
climatology guru—shed some light on that question.
Here are some features Jones credits with making
Southern Oregon uniquely suited to a broad spectrum
of wine grape production:
• Climate Envelope. Average temperatures during
our growing season fall within an envelope of 5866 degrees, a range that encompasses the climate
envelopes of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Napa

by MJ DASPIT

Valley, all three of which have much narrower
individual temperature spans.
• Growing Season. Due to our growing season
length and cool nights during the veraison-toharvest period, the four ripeness clocks—sugar
accumulation, acid respiration, phenolic ripeness,
and fruit character—are more in balance in
Southern Oregon than in the Willamette Valley
where sugar development often falls short before
rain falls or in the Napa Valley where ripe sugar
levels are reached before other elements of flavor
have developed.
• Rainfall. Southern Oregon has less precipitation
than the Willamette, making for lower disease
pressure and cleaner fruit, together with one of
the widest diurnal temperature (daytime high
versus nighttime low) swings of any wine region
worldwide…enabling greater potential flavor and
aroma development.
Dr. Jones summarized the effect of our latitude,
seven-month growing season and overall climate,
stating that these conditions “create a unique place
that provides ideal conditions for site-matched
varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah,
Viognier, Tempranillo, Grenache, Malbec and others
. . . with varietal character, natural acidity and brix
levels that result in the best wine from that variety
that can be made any place in America.”

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Medford OR 97501
541-608-1721
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NAUMES CRUSH & FERMENTATION is
Southern Oregon’s newest custom crush winery,
operated by the Naumes family with more
than 100 years of agricultural heritage and
experience. The new winery, with its state-ofthe-art facilities for winemaking, was created to
serve the fast-growing Southern Oregon wine
region. Naumes’ expanding list of custom crush
clients includes some of the most sought-after
wine brands in the region.
The downtown Medford winery includes
a cavernous temperature-controlled fruit
warehouse, handy to railroad tracks and major
traffic arteries, a crush pad with multiple,
manual and optical sorting tables, and a winery
with gentle gravity transfer capabilities, stainless
steel, temperature-controlled fermentation
tanks, gas injection system for gentle mixing,
cap management and additions—and more!
In the laboratory, where developing vintages are
analyzed for acidity, sugar content, and alcohol
percentage, there are more wonders to behold.
Besides the degree of accuracy and ease of
operation associated with the newest analytical
devices, their cloud-based software system even
enables clients to log-in and check on their
wines from anywhere, at anytime.
The wizardry and quality of Naumes’ wines is
in the artful hands of winemaker Chris Graves,
graduate of UC Davis School of Enology. Graves
enjoys making special wine—one special client
at a time. In addition to winemaking, Naumes
Crush & Fermentation also offers à la carte
climate-controlled cold storage for fruit and a
full range of laboratory services.

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1314 Center Dr, Medford, OR 97501
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AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD

AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD was founded by
the Kinderman Family in 2002 with visions of
family farming, land preservation and pursuing
a passion for wine. Located on 126 acres
featuring an iconic 105-year-old farmhouse
tasting room, the family carefully selected a
southern-facing slope to plant 30 acres to 17
varietals. With spectacular mountain views,
Agate Ridge hosts a variety of fun events
including the music series, “Rockin at the
Ridge,” “Bonfire Fridays,” vineyard dinners,
plein air art classes, and celebrations. See the
website for a full list of winery events from
March-November.

Agate Ridge Vineyard
1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
541-830-3050
agateridgevineyard.com
Summer Hours:
Daily, 12pm-6pm,
April thru October

Taking pride in producing exclusively-estate
wines, winemaker Matt Cates alongside the
family have total creative control from vine to
wine. The unique microclimate and volcanic
soils provide the foundation for the caliber of
fruit that allows Agate Ridge to have produced
highly-esteemed, award-winning wine for
nearly a decade. Several wines just medaled
at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition include a 2012 Viognier (Double
Gold), 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Gold),
2010 Black Sticky Dessert Wine (Gold) and a
2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Silver).

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir
Primitivo
Syrah
Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier

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LA BRASSEUR VINEYARD

LA BRASSEUR VINEYARD’s slogan,
“Unexpected, Unassuming, Unforgettable”
perfectly captures the vibe of this winery.

LaBrasseur Vineyard
2444 Cobleigh Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
541-865-3648
labrasseurvineyard.com
Hours:
Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
or by appointment
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petite Sirah/Primitivo Blend
Red Bordeaux Blend
Riesling
Rosé
Syrah
Viognier
Dessert Wines:
Early Muscat
Late Harvest Viognier
Petite Sirah Port
Plum

Why unexpected? The location for a start. Fred
and Candy LaBrasseur planted their 15-acre
vineyard on a beautiful hillside at 2,200 feet,
one of the highest elevations for winegrowing
in the Rogue Valley. The elevation provides
sunshine in foggy seasons and coolness
when the valley is hot. And those conditions
make for happy wine grapes. LaBrasseur has
produced award-winning estate vintages
medaling in diverse competitions including
the Finger Lakes International Wine
Competition, Newport Seafood & Wine
Festival, San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition and Oregon Wine Experience.
“Unassuming” describes the friendly
atmosphere of this completely family-owned
and operated winery and tasting room. The
emphasis on informality makes visitors feel like
part of the family—except they aren’t expected
to labor in the vineyard. So bring a picnic to
enjoy with a glass of wine on the crush pad or
on the lawn and just relax.
One visit will show you why the combination
of what the family puts into the wines and the
atmosphere they have created for sharing them,
makes LaBrasseur Vineyard unforgettable.

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Cliff Creek Cellars / Pg 24
1015 McDonough Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
Del Rio Vineyards / Pg 24
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525

EAGLE POINT
Agate Ridge Vineyard / Pg 22
1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
LaBrasseur Vineyard / Pg 22
2444 Cobleigh Road
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12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503

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CLIFF CREEK CELLARS AT THE VINEYARD

Cliff Creek Cellars at the Vineyard
1015 McDonough Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
541-855-5330
cliffcreek.com
Hours:
Thursday-Monday, noon-5pm
Mention "Wine Scene" for these
Weekday Specials
(Offers expire June 30th)
Thursdays-Receive a Cliff Creek
Govino with your 3 bottle purchase
Fridays-2 for 1 tasting
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purchase
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Sangiovese
Syrah
Blends offered:
Claret
Pink Pink Wine (rosé)
Red Red Wine (table blend)
Super Tuscan
White White Wine (table blend)

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DEL RIO VINEYARDS

CLIFF CREEK CELLARS vineyard and tasting
room is located on the 250-acre Garvin family
farm, a century-old farm located in picturesque
Sam’s Valley, just a short, scenic drive from
downtown Medford. Visitors will be treated
to fabulous wines in the tasting room and a
pleasing pastoral-setting featuring interesting
vintage and current-day farming equipment.
Cliff Creek is located in one of the Rogue
Valley’s most authentic farming communities
and is a must-visit. With vines producing
premium-quality grapes, they specialize in
Bordeaux and Rhône-style varietals, including
a big, bold Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and
Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cliff Creek’s expertly-crafted wines have won
numerous medals including gold for the 2011
Claret and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at this
year’s Cabernet Shootout as well as gold for the
2011 Cabernet Franc at the 2016 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition.
Each month in the tasting room, visitors are
invited to view works by a “friendly-priced”
local artist, and meet the artist at monthly
artists’ receptions.
This April, a new vintage of their “White White”
wine will be released, joining the popular “Red
Red” table wine series, with 5% of all sales
going to OHSU Knight Cancer Research. On
May 7, Cliff Creek is a must-stop on the annual
Roam the Rogue Tour, featuring 7 Upper
Rogue area wineries. Be sure and ask about
their “Cellar Club,” where members receive
complimentary tastings and a special, 4-bottle
quarterly selection, featuring new releases,
library wines and other exclusive offers!

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DEL RIO VINEYARDS is both a place deeply
rooted in history and a winery reflecting the
latest in viticulture and enology. The tasting
room was built in 1864 and served for many
years as the Rock Point Stage Hotel. The parcel
of land that comprises one of the largest winegrowing operations in the Rogue Valley was a
payment to the original owner for his service
in the Rogue Indian Wars. The big red building
displaying the Del Rio name, that today houses
the winery, began as the fruit packinghouse of
Del Rio Orchards.

Del Rio Vineyards
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
541-855-2062
delriovineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Friday Evening Summer Concert
Series begins in June
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Viognier

Similarly, Del Rio’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot Gris,
Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier reflect the timehonored traditions of Old World winemaking
blended with New World innovation by
winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume.
April, May, and June are prime months to visit
the tasting room! Between the sunshine and the
beautiful view, visitors love bringing a picnic to
relax and enjoy a bottle of wine outside. To kickoff Oregon Wine Month (May), Del Rio will be
participating in Roam the Rogue on May 7th. It’s
a perfect way to explore the Upper Rogue Wine
Trail, and see what the area has to offer. They
will also host a uniquely-Oregon themed dinner,
complete with local foods and inspiration on
May 14th. In June, the Summer Concert Series
kicks-off! Come ready to drink and dance in the
backyard every other Friday evening to start the
summer off right.

KRISELLE CELLARS

UPPER ROGUE

KRISELLE CELLARS is all about inspiration.
The 30-acre vineyard and wine tasting room are
sited just outside town on a south-facing slope
overlooking the ranchland between the Upper
Table Rock Plateau and the Rogue River.
The vineyard is comprised of alluvial soils
studded with round river stones that inspire the
wine label with its embossed silver wine bottle
emerging from the soil, expressing Kriselle
Cellars’ dedication to the land.
Kriselle Cellars owner and winemaker, Scott
Steingraber, produces award-winning varietals
and distinctive blends created from grapes
cultivated in the Rogue Valley Appellation,
including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo,
Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet
Franc, and Viognier.

Kriselle Cellars
12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503
541-830-VINO (8466)
krisellecellars.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5:30pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Red Blends (Di'tani and S/CS)
Rosé
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

Be sure to also explore Kriselle Cellars' notable
red blends—their 2013 Di’tani recently received
a Gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition.

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The tasting room crowning the hill overlooking
the vineyard takes inspiration from the Grand
Lodge-style construction and features a soaring
roofline and windows on all sides affording
breathtaking views. The patio is a beautiful
place to enjoy wonderful, hand-crafted wines
while taking in the beauty of the area. Visit the
Kriselle Cellars website for more information
such as: current hours of operation, availability of
wine-friendly food items, upcoming Spring and
Summer events such as Roam the Rogue, Oregon
Wine Month (May) and live music performances.

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JACKSONVILLE

JACKSONVILLE
Caprice Vineyards / Pg 27
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
Daisy Creek Vineyard / Pg 28
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530
DANCIN Vineyards & Winery / Pg 29
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
(One mile East of downtown Jacksonville)
Quady North / Pg 30
255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
South Stage Cellars / Pg 31
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
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970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
541-499-0449
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Hours:
March-December,
Thursday-Monday, noon-5pm
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JACKSONVILLE

CAPRICE VINEYARDS and ALPACA FARM
has been home to Jim and Jeanne Davidian
since 2004 when they moved their Riverside
California ranching operation to a site outside
Jacksonville. The property features a 7 acre
vineyard, leading the Davidians to establish
their Caprice label with their first vintage—a
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. Since, the Caprice
wine list has expanded to include Chardonnay,
Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Claret along
with Cabernet Sauvignon, all made in small
quantities, with special attention to the
character of estate fruit, produced by thirtyyear-old vines.

COOKING & WINE...A PERFECT BLEND

Inside the tasting room or outside on the patio
under the arbor, you'll enjoy Caprice wines
accompanied by appetizer plates with assorted
meats, cheeses, olives and crackers. Be sure to
browse the tasting room boutique, featuring a
selection of beautiful alpaca garments, some
sourced from Caprice's own alpaca fiber!
Caprice also offers fiber arts classes, displays
of spinning, weaving, knitting and felting
as well as a live music series every Saturday
and Sunday from 2-5pm from May through
September. And then of course, you will just
have to visit the alpacas!

Live music series May-September,
every Saturday and Sunday, 2-5pm
Varietals:
Blush
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Gewurztraminer
Viognier

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DAISY CREEK VINEYARD

Restaurant & Saloon
Located in Downtown Jacksonville - Gateway to the Southern Oregon Wine Region

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Awarded the 2015 Oregon Wine A-List Award
for its Commitment to Oregon Wines.

DAISY CREEK VINEYARD owners Russ and
Margaret Lyon came to Jacksonville in 1994
looking for a place similar to the Northern
Rhone Valley’s famous Côte Rotie (roasted
slope), the perfect place to grow Syrah and
Viognier. On a 23-acre tract where fortuneseekers once panned Daisy Creek for gold, the
Lyons planted a couple of acres of vines. Due
in large part to the mineral-laden soils washed
down from the Siskiyou Mountains by the
creek, and in larger part to the hard work of the
couple tending the vines, the fruit they grew
turned out to be good—really good.

Choose from over 20 Rogue Valley wines on
the Bella’s wine list.

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Daisy Creek Vineyard
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-8329
daisycreekwine.com
Hours:
May-October,
Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm
November-May, Closed
Varietals:
Whites:
Double Play Blend
Marsanne
Riesling
Roussanne
Triple Play Blend
Viognier
Reds:
Lyon Red Blend
Malbec
Merlot
Petit Verdot

Today the vineyard occupies over half of the
property and produces seven wine grape
varietals, all available for tasting at the Lyons’
on-site tasting room. The Daisy Creek label is
well-known for its exceptional quality—many
of which have won medals at prestigious
competitions including the San Francisco
Chronicle, Sunriver Sunfest, Savor Northwest
and Oregon Wine Experience.
Russ and Margaret are delighted to showcase
their wines and might even point out an old
slurry mine, a reminder of the old-timers who
came seeking gold. Most of them never found
any. Margaret and Russ certainly did.

DANCIN VINEYARDS

DANCIN Vineyards & Winery
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
541-245-1133
dancinvineyards.com
Hours:
October-April:
Thursday-Sunday, noon-7pm
May-September:
Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm

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WillowCreek

With the completion of a brand new gravity-flow
winery to handle this fragile varietal without
harsh pumps or augers, DANCIN combines
the best state-of-the-art enology with the gentle
winemaking methods used for centuries in
Burgundy. The result—a Pinot Noir that will
continue to rank among the world’s best.

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When you visit, enjoy an order of stuffed
mushrooms or a hand-crafted artisan pizza and
discover why DANCIN has become the jewel of
Rogue Valley wineries. Owners Dan and Cindy
Marca take only one thing more seriously than
hospitality: growing exceptional Pinot Noir
and Chardonnay to make wines expressing the
epitome of varietal character.

Or by appointment
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Barbera
Pinot Noir
Port
Syrah

115 W California Street
541.899.5590
WillowCreekJacksonville.com
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JACKSONVILLE

DANCIN VINEYARDS is approached by way
of a long, gently descending drive with a view
of the Italianate Tasting Room, the pergolashaded wine cave and the garden-ringed koi
pond, a feast for the eyes. But this isn’t just
another pretty place. DANCIN is one of the
wineries putting Southern Oregon on the Pinot
Noir map. Wine Enthusiast recently awarded
nine DANCIN wines scores in the 90’s, with six
of those wines designated either Editor’s Choice
or Cellar Selection. The 2012 Trata Pinot Noir
was poured at the most recent International
Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville,
a distinction awarded to only 70 Pinot Noir
producers world-wide.

QUADY NORTH
It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.
- Brian O’Donnell,

Belle Pente Winemaker

QUADY NORTH’s Jacksonville tasting room is
located in a charming brick building, reckoned
by some to be the old telephone exchange, at
the corner of 5th and California Streets. The
modest premises belie the big wines inside.

The perfect end to a day
in the Applegate Valley
JACKSONVILLE

525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
www.theschoolhaus.com
541.899.1000

Quady North
255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-702-2123
quadynorth.com
Spring Hours:
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Summer Hours:
Thursday-Monday,11am-7pm
(Memorial Day through Labor Day)

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175 E California Street • Jacksonville
541-899-1900

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Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
Marsanne
Merlot
Muscat
Port
Rousanne
Syrah
Viognier

Quady North is the name of Herb Quady’s
Applegate Valley wine venture, a scion of his
parents’ Fresno area Quady Winery. While the
senior Quady is a producer of renowned sweet
and aperitif wines, Quady North is known
for big, bold Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.
After working as Assistant Winemaker at
the California Central Coast Bonny Doon
Vineyard, Quady came to Oregon to found his
own brand, convinced that the truly-compelling
wines were being made from grapes grown in
cooler areas. In 2005 the family selected 100
acres of south-facing hillside in the Applegate
Valley and planted their first 15 acres of Syrah,
Cabernet Franc and Viognier. Today there are
eight vineyards, with two in the Rogue Valley,
and the list of varietals has expanded to include
Grenache, Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot.
Quady North is committed to producing small
lot, minimally-handled wines sourced primarily
from the estate. The focus remains premium
Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what Herb
Quady calls his “love triangle.”

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS

South Stage Cellars
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-9120
southstagecellars.com

Varietals:
Albariño
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmenere
Chardonnay
Dolcetto
Early Muscat
Grenache
Grenache Blanc
Malbec
Marsanne
Merlot
Mourvèdre
Petit Sirah
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Pinotage
Riesling
Rousanne
Sangiovese
Sauv Blanc
Semillon
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Grape growers for over 25 years, Quail Run
owners Don and Traute Moore introduced
several types of wine grapes to Southern
Oregon, many that have since become signature
varietals of the Rogue Valley. Second generation
grower Michael Moore continues to expand
and improve Quail Run, which now offers some
28 varietals.
The South Stage Cellars tasting room presents
a dazzling array of estate wines made by a
number of outstanding Oregon winemakers.
With weekly wine flights changing often,
there’s always something new to discover.
Vintages from other Oregon wineries are also
available, all made exclusively from Quail Run
fruit. Whether in their richly-historic tasting
room or in the expansive, shaded wine garden,
surrounded by blooming plants, come enjoy a
delicious appetizer or light gourmet food plate
with your wine any day of the week. Plus, three
times a week, there’s live music! Whatever your
pleasure, you’ll find the tasting room staff warm
and well informed, the ambiance informal and
the wines incomparable.

Jacksonville Company
Where style meets elegance.

JACKSONVILLE

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1-7pm
Wed, Friday & Saturday, 1-8pm

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS is the premium
label of Quail Run Vineyards, the largest
wine grape producer in Southern Oregon and
source of sustainably grown, LIVE certified
fruit for more than two dozen different
wineries statewide including Willamette Valley
Vineyards, producers of Griffin Creek wines.

155 West California Street • Jacksonville
www.jacksonvillecompany.com

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Join us for our Spring Uncorked Barrel Tour
Sunday, May 15 from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy 18 wineries, appetizers,
tastings and fun at this self-paced wine tour event. Tickets are $49 each and
include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass. Visit our website for
tickets and more information.

Distinctive from land to glass.
From lush valley floors to steep, terraced hillsides, vineyards are planted
on all kinds of topography in countless wine regions around the world.
While wine country is always picturesque, few settings are as strikingly
beautiful as the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon. In what Sunset
Magazine called “Wine country the way it should be,” here you’ll
find a group of 18 unique wineries producing a diverse array of
outstanding wines.

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

GRANTS PASS SIDE
Rosella's Vineyard & Winery / Pg 36
184 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Schultz Wines / Pg 37
755 Slagle Creek Rd
Grants Pass OR 97527

Schmidt Family Vineyards / Pg 37
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Serra Vineyards / Pg 38
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Troon Vineyard / Pg 38
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

WILLIAMS

Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery / Pg 39
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Plaisance Ranch / Pg 36
16955 Water Gap Rd.
Williams OR 97544

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Vineyard & Winery

JACKSONVILLE SIDE
Devitt Winery & Vineyards / Pg 34
11412 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Longsword Vineyard / Pg 34
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Red Lily Vineyards / Pg 35
11777 Hwy. 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Valley View Winery / Pg 34
1000 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville OR 97530
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DEVITT WINERY

LONGSWORD VINEYARD

DEVITT WINERY began as the logical answer
to a sticky problem. In 2003, Jim Devitt had
harvested a bumper crop of grapes from his
vineyard; the only fly in the ointment was there
was no home for his grapes. Having owned and
operated Pope Valley Winery in the Napa Valley
during the 1970s and '80s, the solution was to go
back into the wine business. So Devitt Winery in
the Applegate Valley was born.

LONGSWORD VINEYARD offers an
unforgettable slice of Southern Oregon
wine culture. Family-owned and operated,
LongSword specializes in wines that are unique,
complex, and enjoyable—including local
favorites “Accolade” Sparkling Chardonnay and
“Phrase” Pinot Noir. The LongSword family
prides itself on serving exceptional wines in a
relaxed, informal atmosphere that speaks to
both wine aficionados and wine novices alike.
Located in the heart of the Applegate Valley,
LongSword’s tasting room and patio feature
stunning panoramic views of the surrounding
Cascade, Siskiyou, and Coastal mountain
ranges, making for a truly delightful wine
tasting experience.

Today the vineyard that originally consisted of
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
has flourished to further include, Pinot Noir,
Tempranillo, Syrah, and Viognier.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

With the addition of grandson Brendon Butler
to the winemaking team, a new generation
has joined the family winery, ensuring the
continuation of quality winemaking.

Devitt Winery & Vineyards
11412 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-7511
devittwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm

What visitors will find at Devitt Winery is no
pretension, no frills, but a fine wine experience
that harkens back to the days of the small wine
producers. For the Devitts it’s about growing
exceptional fruit and making extraordinary wine
and having a sense of humor in the bargain. So
don’t be surprised that the wine list includes
a Rosato called, “The Butler Did It,” a dessert
wine dubbed, “When Pigs Fly, Le Petit Oink” or
in tribute to a deceased pet, “Aggie Dog Red.”
Despite names that are occasionally silly, the
Devitt standard for wine of exceptional quality is
quite serious…but also fun.

Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Pinot Noir,
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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LongSword Vineyard
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-1746
LongSwordVineyard.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm
Spring Launch Party is April 16th
Watch the annual national Rat
Race Paragliding Competition
from June 18th-June 25th
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay
Dolcetto
Merlot
Pinot Noir

Spring is always an exciting time at LongSword
Vineyard. The warm air heralds the return
of the many paragliders and hangliders who
take flight from Woodrat Mountain and land
in LongSword’s southern field, providing
wonderful live entertainment for tasting
room guests. Longer days also provide ample
opportunities for guests to meet the many
animals that call LongSword home, including
three resident Babydoll Southdown rams,
named Hawking, Einstein, and Newton.
This spring, celebrate the beginning of the
season with LongSword’s Spring Launch Party
on April 16th and enjoy watching the annual
national Rat Race Paragliding Competition
from June 18th-June 25th. See our website for
more event details.

VALLEY VIEW WINERY

RED LILY VINEYARDS

VALLEY VIEW is an iconic name in the Rogue
Valley. Not only is it the name of Peter Britt’s
original Jacksonville winery, circa 1858, but it
also came to be the name of the first modern
winery in the Rogue Valley. Founded by Frank
and Ann Wisnovsky, Valley View was bonded in
1978. Using fruit from his Applegate Valley estate,
planted in 1972, Wisnovsky made Bordeaux
varietals up until his death in 1980 when Valley
View operations were passed on to Ann and sons.

RED LILY VINEYARDS is a boutique, familyowned winery in the beautiful Applegate Valley,
specializing in classic Spanish wines, including
Tempranillo and Verdejo. Red Lily is named for
Bolander’s Lily, a rare species of red lily growing
in the nearby Siskiyou Mountains, and for the
owner’s daughter, Lily.
Red Lily’s winery and tasting room are located
in an idyllic setting on the banks of the
Applegate River with an amazing riverside
beach, the site of their popular summer concert
series featuring rising local musical artists.
Concerts are held every Thursday from 6-8pm
beginning in June—see website for details.

Red Lily Vineyards
11777 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-846-6800
redlilyvineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Concerts every Thursday,
6-8pm, beginning in June
Varietals:
Graciano
Grenache
Tempranillo
Verdejo
Dessert Wines

Red Lily offers an array of Spanish-inspired
wines, including their flagship Red Lily
Tempranillo (2012 vintage DOUBLE GOLD
at 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition.) The signature white wine is
the Stargazer Verdejo—verdejo is a Spanish
white grape relatively unknown in the U.S. that
produces amazingly complex and layered wines.
For something different, try the Night School
port-style dessert wine, a DOUBLE GOLD and
BEST OF SHOW winner at the 2015 Oregon
Wine Experience.

Valley View Winery
1000 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-8468
valleyviewwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

Red Lily features a rustic-chic tasting room, an
outdoor patio with gorgeous views of the valley,
a historic 80-year-old pole barn, expansive
grounds with lush grass areas (bring a blanket),
lots of picnic tables, and charming nooks where
you can relax and enjoy fabulous wines and
food offerings.

The thirty-seven-year-old winery is now
operated by Mark and Michael Wisnovsky.
The vineyard has more than doubled in size
since the original planting and now includes
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Tempranillo, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc,
Rousanne, Chardonnay and Syrah. Wines have
been made by UC Davis-trained enologist John
F. Guerrero since 1985. Wines offered at the
Applegate Valley Wine Pavilion in Ruch include
Rogue Valley red and white blends, as well as
Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc and a Port-style dessert wine bottled
under the premium Anna Maria label.

PLAISANCE RANCH VINEYARD & WINERY

ROSELLA'S VINEYARD & WINERY

PLAISANCE RANCH embodies the inspiration
of Joe Ginet, grandson of a pioneering vintner
of the same name who established a vineyard
on Sterling Creek outside Jacksonville in the
1890’s. The original Plaisance Ranch didn’t
survive the depression years due to the death
of the original Joe Ginet. But in 1998, the third
Joe of the Ginet family planted a new vineyard
in Williams and named it after his grandfather’s
estate. Originally planted to Cabernet
Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah, Ginet added
Mondeusé in 2001, a grape from Savoie, the
region of France from which his grandfather
came.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Plaisance Ranch
16955 Water Gap Rd.
Williams OR 97544
541-846-7175
plaisanceranch.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-6pm
Closed Tuesdays
Join our email list for dates and
times of our "Wine Down" events!
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Carmeneré
Chardonnay
Merlot
Mondeusé
Mourvèdre
Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
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A winery with such a heritage could hardly
be ordinary. One look at the slew of accolades
Plaisance Ranch garnered in 2015 will convince
you that indeed it is not. In addition to
recognition in earlier years from Wine Spectator
and Oregon Wine Press, Plaisance Ranch Pinot
Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Merlot and Rouge
Prestige, a blend of primarily Mondeusé, all
received Wine Enthusiast ratings of 90 and
above. The Ginet’s also raise cattle, so don’t be
surprised if you leave with a few pounds of
premium beef in addition to a few bottles of
exquisite wine!
Be sure and check-out Plaisance Ranch’s “Wine
Down” dinner events held from Spring through
Fall including one on April 22, May 27 and June
24… featuring wine, music, food and of course,
fun! See the website for details.
Joe Ginet, Winemaker
& Cow Boss, AVOVA President

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ROSELLA’S VINEYARD & WINERY is situated
on the Missouri Flat where some of the oldest
vines in the Applegate Valley are found—a
region known for big reds, among them
award-winning Zin. The small lot production
of Rosella’s is true to this tradition. Rosella’s
owner and winemaker Rex Garoutte specializes
in robust Cabernet and Zinfandel, as well as big
red blends, all one hundred percent estate fruit.
In addition to producing wines under his own
label, he handcrafts specialty blends for local
restaurants, including the house reds served at
Medford’s Pomodori and Porter’s.
When you order a glass of Rosella’s at a
restaurant, it probably came from a keg.
Rosella’s takes pride in the fact that their kegged
wines are the same wines that go into the bottle.
If you’re planning a wedding or a large party
and need wine, then come to the tasting room
to find the wines you want. Rex can help you
with details.

Rosella's Vineyard & Winery
184 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-6372
rosellasvineyard.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Zinfandel
Red wine Blend - Merlot,
Cabernet Sauvignon, & Zinfandel
White wine blend - Chardonnay
& Viognier
Dessert wines

The bright and cozy tasting room invites
customers to pull up a stool and join in the
conversation with Rex or Sandi. If enjoying a
warm afternoon is your goal, Rosella’s outside
seating with vineyard and Grayback Mountain
views makes for a relaxing experience. Rosella’s
is also home to Spretzels, the spicy pretzel snack
available for tasting and purchase.

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS was
established by Cal and Judy Schmidt on the 75acre Bennett Ranch in the Missouri Flat section
of the Applegate Valley. Since 2004, their wines
have received numerous awards including Gold
for their 2012 Merlot at the 2016 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition.

Schmidt Family Vineyards
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9985
sfvineyards.com

Varietals:
Albarino
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Roussanne
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Viognier
Zinfandel

Outside on the delightful stone patio, or on the
lush, green lawn, relax with a glass of awardwinning wine while enjoying an antipasto plate
or a pizza or calzone from the outdoor pizza
oven! And, starting in May, enjoy Friday Night
Music Nights with live music until 8pm.

Schultz Wines
755 Slagle Creek Rd
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-414-8448
schultzwines.com
Hours:
May-November,
Friday & Saturday, noon-5pm
December-April,
Saturday, noon-5pm
and by appointment
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Merlot
Pinot gris
Pinot noir
Syrah
Viognier

SCHULTZ WINES is the label associated
with Glory Oaks Vineyard and Farm, a new
venue in the Applegate Valley. Glory Oaks
is a long way from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
where owners Greg and Debbie Schultz took
their first steps toward becoming viticulturists.
Their journey began with a few classes on wine
at Louisiana State University that sparked a
tasting trip to Southern Oregon. It was love at
first sight. Greg and Debbie stayed in Ashland
for five months in 2010, volunteering as cellar
hands at Weisinger Family Winery. Once they
met Linda Donovan of Pallet Wine Company
and discovered the custom crush option for
launching a label, Schultz Wines was born.
The first bottling of Schultz Wine was a 2010
Chardonnay that won a gold medal at the 2011
World of Wine competition. 2011 was also the
year Greg and Debbie moved to Oregon. Not
long after, hiking the Enchanted Forest Trail,
they found a “for sale” sign on the property that
would become Glory Oaks. Tempranillo and
Malbec are now planted and the existing ranch
house has recently been converted to a tasting
room offering stunning views of the vineyard
and valley. The tasting room offers Pinot Noir,
with fruit sourced from the Willamette Valley,
and Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Pinot
Gris and red dessert wine with fruit sourced
from the Applegate Valley. It’s the perfect
pairing—a great story and fine wines!

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm

A visit to the winery is an experience for
all the senses—picture a classical craftsman
structure nestled in sumptuous gardens against
magnificent mountain vistas and you almost
have it. You’ll marvel at the casually-elegant
tasting room, with its soaring ceilings, stone
fireplace and expansive windows that let the
outdoors inside. And, in the new barrel room
mercantile, find wines for sale along with a
selection of artisan clothing, jewelry, wine
accessories and more.

SCHULTZ WINES

SERRA VINEYARDS

TROON VINEYARD

APPLEGATE VALLEY

SERRA VINEYARDS winery & tasting room
sits on an 80-acre estate located on the Applegate
Valley's famed Kubli Bench. With over 30 acres
under vine, Krissa and Scott Fernandes annually
produce 1000+ cases of wine showcasing estategrown Viognier, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Malbec,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
and Syrah. The result, as expressed by the array of
medals Serra Vineyards wines receive from both
national and international wine competitions
throughout the year, is a flight of medal-winning
wines for all of our guests!

Serra Vineyards
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9223
serravineyards.com

Open 7 days-a-week, year-round, Serra Vineyards
is a picnic, pet and family-friendly destination
with legendary views of the vineyards below and
the infinite, surrounding mountain ranges. Serra
Vineyards boasts one of the most spectacular
settings in Southern Oregon and one of the nicest
patio decks in the Applegate Valley! Offering
something for everyone, come enjoy our local
artisan marketplace, local craft brews, regular
foodie flights & instant picnic menu!
As Serra Vineyards is a must-see on your winery
tour, we invite you to come experience our
award-winning wines enhanced by true Southern
Oregon hospitality.

Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Tempranillo
Syrah
Viognier

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TROON VINEYARD is located in the heart of
the Applegate Valley AVA, the southernmost
appellation in Oregon. Situated halfway
between Grants Pass and Jacksonville, Troon
Vineyard is one of the Applegate Valley Wine
Trail’s most popular winery destinations. One
of the first grape growers in Southern Oregon,
and home to the region’s earliest planting
of Zinfandel in 1972, Troon now grows ten
additional varietals on 25+ planted acres
including, their award-winning white varietal,
Vermentino and the exceptional red varieties,
Malbec and Tannat, along with Syrah, Cabernet
Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.

Troon Vineyard
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9900
troonvineyard.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
“The Grape Expedition Tour”
April through harvest season,
Friday-Sunday at noon, 2pm and
4pm. Call or email to book tour.
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Syrah
Tannat
Tempranillo
Vermentino
Zinfandel

Troon Vineyard also produces several unique
blends, including Southern Oregon’s mostpopular red wine blend, “Druid’s Fluid.” With
a beautiful tasting room, covered stone patio,
and grassy picnic area featuring bocce ball
courts and life-sized chess, there’s always
plenty to discover and enjoy. This April, Troon
introduces a guided vineyard and winery tour,
“The Grape Expedition Tour.” From April
through summer and harvest season, tours are
held Friday-Sunday at noon, 2pm and 4pm,
offering a full behind-the-scenes look at the
winemaking process and an introduction to
the history of the Applegate Valley wine region
and the story of Dick Troon, the man who first
planted the vines in 1972. To book a tour, contact
a Tasting Room Ambassador at 541-846-9900,
or email tastingroom@troonvineyard.com.

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & CRUSHPAD CREAMERY

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY &
CRUSHPAD CREAMERY is home to a winery,
vineyard and a creamery. And, it’s a story about
a place, a partnership and a plan. The place is a
hillside vineyard deep in the Applegate Valley
winegrowing region of Southern Oregon. The
partnership arose between the couple who
planted the vineyard back in 1977 and the
couple who wanted to add a winery to that
vineyard. The plan came together in 2005 when
the winery was built and Wooldridge Creek
vineyard became Wooldridge Creek Vineyard
and Winery.

Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet
Chardonnay
Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sauvignon
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
Zinfandel

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-6364
wcwinery.com

The great thing is this: the formation of
the Wooldridge Creek team has stood the
test of time. It continues to make sense and
make exceptional vintages. The original 18acre vineyard has expanded to 56, planted to
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier,
Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel, Malbec, Riesling and
Tempranillo. The two couples are still committed
to the vision that brought them together. And the
plan has succeeded beyond belief.
The sustainably-designed winery is situated
in one of the Applegate Valley’s most pristine
settings, offering unparalleled mountain and
valley views—the perfect spot to gather with
friends or to enjoy an intimate picnic on the
expansive lawn. And today, along with its fine
wines, visitors can now sample cheeses from
Wooldridge Creek’s CrushPad Creamery...the
first combined winery and creamery in Oregon!

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The Umpqua Valley
Your Wine Country Destination
The Umpqua Valley, known as Oregon’s oldest fine wine region,
has now been given the distinction as one of the “top ten
wine country destinations” and made its mark on the wine
world map. This special valley is comprised of one-hundred
valleys and is home to more than two dozen wineries.
The number of awards bestowed on the wines has cast a golden
glow over this AVA. Within the borders of two mountain ranges,
the Coastal Mountains to the west, and to the east by the
Cascades, are a range of wines that have proven these vintages
are winners.
The year 2015 was a good one with the Brandborg Winery of
Elkton being named “Winery of the Year” by the Wine Press
Northwest. The Great Northwest Wine Competition recognized
Umpqua Valley wines from Albarino to Tempranillo with awards
from double gold to bronze. The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Competition also garnered gold, silver and bronze awards
for the wines of the region. International recognition went to
Reustle-Prayer Rock for their 2012 Syrah awarded “Best of the
New World.”

UMPQUA VALLEY

As you taste your way through a wine country tour, you will
discover what gives this region its distinction as a top destination.
Below an endless blue sky stretches out a green valley, sixty-five
miles long, north to south, encompassing rivers, waterfalls and
vineyards with a history as complex as Oregon and bringing
Old World winemaking to New World style wines.

www.umpquavalleywineries.org

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Vintage 1928 home & patio. Wine Club, speakeasy, monthly events. Open by appointment
and some holidays evensongwinery.com
981 Old Garden Valley Rd., Roseburg (541)-530-3551

2

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“Coolest, Cool Climate Varietals”
2015 Oregon Winery of the Year
Daily 11am-5pm brandborgwine.com
345 First St, Elkton (541) 584-2870

Everything Under the Sun. Rich Reds &
Elegant Whites! Open daily 11am-5pm
May 22-Aug 30 & by Appt. seasoncellars.com
305 Melrose Rd., Roseburg (541) 784-7831

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3

Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer
Open Daily 11am-5pm
riversedgewinery.com
1395 River Dr, Elkton (541) 584-2357

1 Brandborg
2
River’s
Edge

3 Bradley

Scenic views, great gifts, picnic area!
Enjoy great times with our great wines! Open
daily 11am-5pm (not major holidays)
885 Melqua Rd, Roseburg (541) 672-6080

4 Anindor

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4

Complimentary Tastings, Yurt, Grounds Tours,
Weddings & Events. Open June-Nov.
11am-5pm Wed-Sun bradleyvineyards.com
1000 Azalea Dr, Elkton (541) 584-2888

Distinctive wines expressing this unique region.
Served in a yurt at the vineyard.
11am-5pm W-Sun, May-Oct anindor.com
1171 Vintage Dr, Elkton (541) 584-2637

Located in a historic farm house. Easy access
off I-5 at exit 150. Champagne and wines
from Red Hill AVA. Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm
1876 John Long Rd, Oakland (541) 849-3300

Native yeast winemaking! Estate grown, handcrafted wines. Classic reds. Picnics, RVs, views.
Open daily 11am-5pm delfinowines.com
3829 Colonial Rd, Roseburg (541) 673-7575

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6 MarshAnne
Landing

7 Triple Oak

9
Reustle
10 Prayer Rock

Triple Oak Wine Vault in Historic Oakland
Events, Art, Like us on FB. Open Fri 1pm6pm, Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm also by appt.
137 NE Locust St, Oakland (541) 459-4287

Southern Oregon
Wine Institute

11 Becker

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Cooper
Evensong
Ridge
12 13
HillCrest Melrose
16
15 Season
Cellars
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Est. 1971. Enjoy Old-World charm in a fun
atmosphere at one of Oregon’s oldest wineries.
Open daily 11am-5pm girardetwine.com
895 Reston Rd, Roseburg (541) 679-7252

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7

Henry
Estate

Enjoy Old-World charm and a friendly
conversation. Open daily 11am-5pm
chateaunonchalantvineyards.com
1329 Larson Rd, Roseburg (541) 679-2394

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Misty Oaks 8

Out of this world wines in an elegant gallery
setting. Rhone & Bordeaux blends.
W-Sun 11am-5pm Mar-Dec marshannelanding.com
175 Hogan Rd, Oakland (541) 459-7998

Celebrating Two Decades of Trailblazing
Tours, Private Tastings, RV Open Daily Jun-Oct
11am-6pm, Nov-May 11am-5pm abacela.com
12500 Lookingglass Rd, Roseburg (541) 679-6642

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Hillside family owned & operated winery & vineyard. Wines from our vines. Scenic picnic area.
Open 11am-5pm W-Sun Mar-Dec
1310 Misty Oaks Ln, Oakland (541) 459-3558

Taste History. Oregon’s oldest estate winery,
birthplace of Pinot and state historic site. Not
Sold In Stores. Daily 11am-5pm
240 Vineyard Lane, Roseburg (541) 673-3709

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5

Sienna
5 Ridge Estate

9

Delfino 17
23

Paul O’Brien

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Chateau 18
Nonchalant
20 Abacela

10

22 Spangler

19 Girardet
21 Freed Estate

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Elegant wine cave! Experience award winning
wines paired with appetizers.
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm reustlevineyards.com
960 Cal Henry Rd, Roseburg (541) 459-6060

Umpqua’s first urban winery and downtown tasting
room. Gourmet picnic items. Let us help plan
your day. Daily 11am-5pm
609 SE Pine Street, Roseburg (541) 673-2280

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umpquavalleywineries.org or 541-673-5323

Come For The Wine - Stay For The View. Kid Friendly.
Open Thurs-Sun 12pm-7pm Apr-Dec
cooperridgevineyard.com
1389 Old Garden Valley Rd, Roseburg (541) 671-2373

landofumpqua.com
(800) 444-9584

ROSEBURG AREA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
& VISITOR CENTER
(541) 672-9731
visitroseburg.com

Call wineries for hours on major holidays.

Offering wines produced through the college
program. Tasting Room Open: Fri 1-6pm
Sat 12-5pm all year & Sun 12-5pm Apr-Oct
1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg 541-440-7904

UMPQUA VALLEY

Estate grown and produced dry-farmed wines.
Dog friendly. Open daily 11am-5pm
(Closed weekdays in Jan) beckerwine.com
360 Klahowya Ln, Roseburg (541) 677-0288

Big Oregon reds here! Claret, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Malbec,
& much more. Open daily 11am-5pm
491 Winery Ln, Roseburg (541) 679-9654

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Come visit your family friendly winery.
RV, kids & dogs welcome.
Open daily 11am-5pm henryestate.com
687 Hubbard Creek Rd, Umpqua (800) 782-2686

Estate grown grapes! Take some time to taste
our wine. Scenic picnic area. Open W-Sun
11am-5pm March-Nov freedvineyard.com
430 Hooten Road, Winston 808-497-3861

INDUSTRY NEWS: Cheers to IT Happening Here!
by M J Daspit

R

ecent events speak to the growth of Southern Oregon’s reputation as a
wine-producing region poised to take its place among the world’s most
distinguished.
The February 2016 edition of Wine Enthusiast named Ashland one of the “10
Best Wine Travel Destinations” in the world. Acclaimed wine columnist Paul
Gregutt, who penned the description of Ashland’s viticultural, culinary and other
delights, did so with a broad stroke that also applauded the whole Southern Oregon
wine-producing region.
In a Southern Oregon Winery Association (SOWA) press release reacting to the
Wine Enthusiast article, Association President Michael Donovan stated, “Ashland
and Southern Oregon’s listing as a top wine travel destination is a wonderful
testament to the dedication, tenacity, and hard work of Southern Oregon grape
growers, winemakers, and wine fans … We are honored by this recognition and
thrilled that more people will come to understand the uniqueness of Southern
Oregon’s extended growing season that allows us to grow more varietals…than
almost anywhere in the world.”
Immediately following the Wine Enthusiast news, twenty-eight students in the
Viticulture and Enology Department of the University of California, Davis spent
the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend experiencing Southern Oregon firsthand by touring wineries in the Rogue and Applegate Valleys. John Pratt, President
of the Rogue Valley Winegrower’s Association along with SOWA Board member
Tim Vevoda, hosted the group on visits to DANCIN Vineyards, Quady North,
Barrel 42, Kriselle Cellars, Cowhorn Vineyards, Red Lily Vineyards, Woodridge
Creek Winery and Plaisance Ranch. Meeting with the students at Belle Fiore
Winery on the final day of their visit, Donovan expressed the hope that many of
these future winemakers might return this summer as winery interns.
In late January, the Oregon Tempranillo Alliance convened the first-ever Oregon
Tempranillo Celebration at the Ashland Hills Hotel, a lively event that attracted
75 growers, winemakers and proponents of the variety Paul Gregutt called the
“defining grape” of our region.”

Tempranillo refers to a wine grape and its red wine varietal produced principally
in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of northern Spain. Tempranillo has the
fourth-largest planted acreage among wine grapes world-wide. From 2000 to 2010,
Tempranillo acreage expanded faster than any other variety.
Earl Jones, founder of Abacela Winery in the Umpqua Valley, pioneered
Tempranillo production in Oregon, planting his original four-acre vineyard in
1995. By 2014, Jones reported, there were 57 Tempranillo producers in Oregon and
that its planted area had expanded to 344 acres, producing a harvest of 839 tons
and an economic impact of $9 million.
Randy Caparoso, the wine expert who led the analytical tastings at the
Celebration, observed that Oregon has the opportunity to become known as the
premier Tempranillo producing region in North America.

UC Davis students visit Belle Fiore Winery
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