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Summer 2016

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6 / PICNIC SEASON
This summer, finding that picture-perfect
picnic spot is a breeze thanks to dozens of
local wineries offering stunning locations
to relax with sumptuous wines.

8 / WOMEN IN WINE
In a new series, learn why there’s no
glass ceiling for these wine industry
professionals who’ve succeeded thanks to
their dedication, hard work and passion.

10 / SOIL IN YOUR GLASS
Get the “dirt” on how soils, from volcanic
to alluvial and sandy to silty, influence the
quality of wine grapes, here and globally.

12 / A GRAPE'S JOURNEY
In our continuing story, with our wine
grapes now processed and in-barrel,
discover how cooperage impacts the flavor
and complexity of your favorite wine.

Photo courtesy of Agate Ridge Vineyard

CONTENTS / SUMMER 2016

There’s no better season than summer to get out
and explore Southern Oregon’s eclectic mix of
wineries…at a casual, stress-free pace!

15 / WINE COUNTRY CHEF
For Larks Executive Chef Damon Jones,
locally-grown food pairs perfectly with
Southern Oregon wines, forming the
foundation of his seasonally-sensational
menu selections.

48 / EXPLORING THE UMPQUA
Your wine country experience isn’t
complete without taking in the beautiful
Umpqua Valley, where you’ll discover new
places to wine, dine, play and stay.

REGIONAL MAPS
Rogue Valley..........................16
Upper Rogue..........................28
Jacksonville............................33
Applegate Valley....................40
Umpqua Valley.......................49
Southern Oregon....................47

14-49 / WINERY DIRECTORY
Rogue Valley..........................14-27
Upper Rogue..........................28-31
Jacksonville............................33-39
Applegate Valley....................40-46
Umpqua Valley.......................48-49
50 / TASTING TERMS

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EDITOR'S LETTER / READING BETWEEN THE VINES
It’s summertime—a time for shorts, sandals and sipping—
the perfect time to explore Southern Oregon’s incredible
array of wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants and other
interesting sights.
On your journey, be sure and take your copy of Wine Scene
along to get the most out of your winery tours. The pages of
this magazine are designed to help you plan your trip and
provide advance information for your winery travels.
Not only will our detailed maps get you there, our feature
stories and winery listings will provide an insider’s view
on our exciting wine region, with stories about passionate
professionals behind the labels. Like nowhere else in the
state, Southern Oregon is all about diversity—from the wine

in your glass to the winemakers themselves. With more than
70 varieties of grapes grown right here, this is one of the most
dynamic wine-growing regions on the planet.
I hope you enjoy your tasting tour from Ashland to the
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country roads, in historic villages and city centers. Here in the
wine scene, there’s truly something for everyone to discover.
Thanks again for taking Wine Scene along for the ride and
Cheers to Living Between the Vines!

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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).

For Steven Addington, photography has been a lifelong passion,
cultivated during his family’s travels across the United States
and Europe. Specializing in capturing people and events, his
unique style and exceptional ability captures the essence of the
moment. Steven’s work has been featured in many articles and
magazines from coast to coast.

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.

Nancy Rodriguez began her career in the wine business after
graduating from culinary school in Portland and working for
Erath Winery. Today, the self-described “chef-in-wine-country,”
writes a blog of the same name and contributes to several wine
publications. She is the event coordinator and tasting room
manager for Triple Oak Wine Vault in Oakland, Oregon.

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The setting may be park-like with lush lawns,
genteel gardens and stately trees. Or a rustic refuge
of sun-dappled fields fronting country roads.

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ocal vineyards and wineries lay a feast for the eyes
that invite visitors to break bread. Picnics fulfill the
bill of fare.
“I think that visual appeal is almost as fun as that
eating and drinking part,” says Ashley Cates, marketing
and sales manager for Agate Ridge Vineyard.
Any appealing blanket or tablecloth supplies the
canvas for spreads as straightforward as bread, cheese
and fruit or as thoughtful as composed salads and
cold soups. In either, Southern Oregon wines are the
essential element.
“The more people have sustenance, the longer they’re
going to stay,” says Cates.
Cold antipasti platters composed at Agate Ridge
fortify visitors for afternoons and evenings spent
picnicking at the Eagle Point property, which produces
14 varietals. New this summer, Agate Ridge staff will
assemble “bento boxes” of Rogue Creamery cheeses,
Harry & David fruits and Coquette Bakery breads, says
Cates. The array, she adds, can be personalized with
Happy Habanero jams and Shibui balsamic reduction,
crafted locally and paired perfectly with 2012 Viognier
and 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
“We offer a lot of locally-sourced foods and snacks in
the tasting room.”
Offering “something for everyone,” Agate Ridge also
sells craft beers and engages local food trucks that lend
their brands of cuisine to Rockin’ at the Ridge, the
winery’s summertime concert series, every other Friday
evening June through September. Admission is $8.
“The customers like to see a different (truck) every
time,” says Cates.
Crowds clamoring for Karen Lovely, Fret Drifters
and other local bands playing at Agate Ridge can sup
on street food inspired by Asia, Peru and flavors of the
Rogue Valley, says Cates. And picnickers receive an
equally warm welcome.
“We encourage picnics almost more than we do
to buy our own food,” says Cates. “Do whatever you
want to do; come whenever you want to come; bring
whatever you want to bring.”
This “laissez-faire” mentality also prevails at Schmidt
Family Vineyards. The Applegate Valley estate boasts
a wood-fired oven that furnishes a daily menu of
handmade breads, pizzas and calzones highlighting
Schmidt’s own fresh produce. But Schmidt sanctions any
and all interpretations of wine-country cuisine, says Rene
Brons, tasting-room director and assistant winemaker.
“Someone brought in Subway sandwiches one time,”
says Brons. “Sometimes, people will bring a little cake
and have a birthday party.”
Special events are a Schmidt specialty, owing to its
87 acres of picturesque landscape. Thirty acres are

planted in grapes, and several more are maintained
with walking trails, water features, manicured meadows
and herb, flower and vegetable gardens. The property is
open daily, year-round, even during weddings and other
private celebrations.
“We have several gazebos,” says Brons. “We have tons
of heaters outside, and we have a lovely fire ring.”
Lounging on patio chairs is just as permissible as on
the grass, says Brons. Guests can rearrange the outdoor
furniture and move meals ordered from the kitchen to
spots more secluded than the well-appointed terrace,
she says.
An “undiscovered, little gem,” the lath house in the
winery’s upper garden is an ideal locale to linger over
Caesar salads paired with 2013 Chardonnay and pizza
Margherita with 2014 “Mystery” Rose. Schmidt’s zoning
allows for wine consumption anywhere on the property,
she adds.
“People just come and fill up the grounds.”
If the several dozen tables are full, or the weather
inclement, visitors can picnic right in the tasting room,
says Brons. No alcohol obtained off site is the only
restriction, which holds true at other local wineries.
Yet every other aspect of picnicking provides for an
“individualized” epicurean experience, says Cates. She
likes to recast her side-dish leftovers—potato, fruit or
Greek salads—in starring roles, supported with a lineup
of bread, cold cuts, nuts and fruit from Agate Ridge’s
trees. A special picnic basket heightens the sense of
nostalgia, says Cates.
“When I picnic, I prefer to do it my own way.”
Following a few rules of proper food handling,
however, ensures enjoyable picnicking. Keep cold
foods cold—40 degrees or below—to ward off bacterial
growth between the home kitchen and picnic site. While
the traditional wicker basket makes a stylish picnic
statement, an ice chest or insulated bag are better bets in
Southern Oregon’s sweltering summer.
Chill foods thoroughly in the fridge before packing
with ice. And leave cold dishes in the cooler until it’s
time to eat. Once served, perishable provisions should
sit out no longer than two hours, or one hour if the
mercury tops 90 degrees.
Favoring foods that hold up to hot weather is another
strategy. Instead of mayonnaise-laden dressings, choose
vinaigrettes or sauces strong on acid, such as lemon
juice. Salsas, jams and honey can stand in for dairybased dips and spreads.
Don’t forget enough ice to keep bottles of Southern
Oregon white and rose at their ideal temperatures. Then
sit back, sip and sniff the fragrant vineyard air, perhaps
infused with the strains of live music.
“That,” says Cates, “is Southern Oregon.”

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Women in Wine

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by MJ DASPIT

outhern Oregon defies the notion that the wine industry is a male-dominated
realm. Ever since Sarah Powell started making wine at Foris Winery in 1990,
women have been putting Southern Oregon on the map for wine aficionados
world-wide. The nine women profiled below came to the Southern Oregon wine
industry via widely divergent pathways but they share one key thing: passion for
what they do.

Anne Root

ANNE ROOT, EDENVALE WINERY. Anne’s interest in wine began in Australia
where she completed post-graduate work for a Master’s Degree in Commerce at
the University of Wollongong in 1991. She loved touring Australian wineries and
even wrote a paper about English wines, but never dreamt she’d own and operate a
winery herself. That changed with conversion of some of the family’s pear orchards
to vineyards, a move that eventually led to the establishment of EdenVale Winery.
Anne has spent nearly twenty years promoting the industry, initially working with
county planners on regulations allowing tasting room activities and special events
on exclusive farm-use land. “This winery business is really hard work and complex,
but very rewarding when you get a win,” she says. “A win can be a wine award or a
guest visiting the tasting room and having a fantastic time.”

Nora Lancaster

NORA LANCASTER, KRISELLE CELLARS. Nora started a life-long affair with wine
when her family lived in the south of France. “I was enraptured by the beautiful
vineyards and cellars of Provence,” she recalls. As a young adult, she worked in
service and management of fine dining houses, honing her palate and knowledge
of wines and furthering the journey towards wine as a career. After a fruitful stint at
Weisinger Family Winery in Ashland, Nora is now Kriselle Cellars' General Manager
and Marketing Director, overseeing the many aspects of a producing winery, very
active tasting room, robust wholesale market, and a community-minded and
industry-involved business. What’s the secret of success? “Passion. Tenacity. Genuine
love for Southern Oregon. And a strong affinity for gathering folks.”
SUE BRANDBORG, BRANDBORG WINERY. The first red wine Sue ever tasted
was a 1992 Brandborg Pinot Noir. Two years later she met the man who made it at
a wine event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Soon the two were making wine together
in rented warehouse space in Richmond, California. Even after they established
their winery in Elkton, Sue and Terry produced their first 6,000 cases entirely by
themselves. Now with production of over 8,000 cases, they have hired help, but
Sue says she’s still involved in every phase from crush pad to bottling, marketing
and distribution in eighteen states. What advice would Sue give women thinking
of wine careers? “Don’t be afraid to jump in and do things. It's grueling, but I love
every step because there's always something to learn.”

Sue Brandborg

Naomi Fuerte
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NAOMI FUERTE, GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY. With a UC Berkeley degree in mass
communications, Naomi came to her family’s estate winery to help out with
advertising, social media and the tasting room. At first the tasting room was a
challenge, she says, “Because I’ve always been shy. But the wine business is a very
public job. It can be unsettling, but people are so interested it becomes more joyful
than fearful.” The key is to “relax and remain calm even when a busload of tasters
shows up. Take things as they come—provide a comfortable, enjoyable atmosphere
and people will come back.”
LIZ WAN, SERRA VINEYARDS. Liz fell in love with learning about wine at a private
club in Orange County while managing their thousand-label wine list with library
wines from all over the world. With this sommelier experience under her belt and
a stint as Bonny Doon Vineyards' Key Accounts Representative, she moved to
Southern Oregon. So how does our region compare in terms of opportunities for
women in the wine industry? “Think about what I’ve been able to do here in the
Rogue Valley in less than a decade and the opportunities that have been available
to me—you want to talk about unicorns, I am a nearly 40-year-old Asian female
Assistant Winemaker. I have a seat at the table and I have a chance to be part of the
discussion on every vintage, every lot, every adjustment for every wine that comes
out of this building. This level of inclusion would be difficult if not impossible to
achieve if I were in Napa or Sonoma.”

KIM KINDERMAN, AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD. Growing up, Kim watched her
father install reinforcing steel to many wineries in Sonoma County, allowing her
to witness fruition of dreams come true. Vines and wines have always been a part
of her life. She also spent time in Europe where she raised her daughters and fully
embraced the culture and history of wine. Fifteen years ago Kim and her father
started Agate Ridge. The enterprise incorporates three separate businesses, the
vineyard, the winery and the tasting room, distinct challenges for an entirely
family-owned and operated enterprise. “Your business is only as good as the
people you hire and surround yourself with. Having a work ethic that matches my
incredible employees helps get the job done day by day. I also think my love of the
land and driving a tractor helps!”

Kim Kinderman

LIZA JUSSIAUME, JACKSONVILLE INN. As a student working her way through
college in Charlottesville, Virginia, Liza took a job at Jefferson Vineyards, just
a stone’s throw from Monticello, home of our third president, a serious wine
aficionado. Pouring at Jefferson, Liza developed a palate, that invaluable asset that
over her seventeen years in the business, has given her the confidence to make the
call: is a wine good or bad. Working with the public has given her the ability to
understand what consumers want. “I match my customers with wine. I build their
trust and hope to expand their palates and help them discover what it is they like
so when they go to a wine shop they will be able to pick wines on their own.” As a
wine buyer for the Jacksonville Inn Restaurant and Wine Shop, Liza has this advice
for women eyeing a career in wine: “Have confidence. Find your voice and own it.”
TERRI DELFINO, DELFINO VINEYARDS. Terri says it was “divine intervention”
that made her leave the Bay Area and relocate to Roseburg with her husband Jim
to plant eighteen acres of vines. Even with her background in marketing, business
management and event planning, she admits there was an element of “the romance
of the vineyard” that went into the decision. The romance has been tempered by
plenty of agricultural realities such as a freeze that cost 1,200 plants one year. Terri’s
advice for women considering a wine career: “Make sure you have the strength,
both physical and emotional, and a good relationship with your partner. Be willing
to work hard and be good at multi-tasking.”

Liza Jussiaume

RENE BRONS, SCHMIDT FAMILY WINERY. Rene was a medical professional,
a phlebotomist, before becoming part of her father’s vineyard and winery. She
recalls, “He said I have a full-time job for you. It isn’t blood, but it’s red.” With her
son, Rene attended courses in the viticulture and enology program at Umpqua
Community College. Both joined the winemaking team at Schmidt, with Rene
working chiefly in the lab doing chemical analysis of the wines but ultimately
involved in all phases of production. “Dad says I have the best nose. And I adore
science, so I love to figure out what’s going on if we have a problem.” For Rene, one
of the challenges of cellar work is physical. “I’m a small person, so I can’t always do
everything.” Good point. It’s not all sip and swirl.

These nine are only a few of the women working in wine
throughout our region, all of whom have contributed to the
success it is today. Here at Southern Oregon Wine Scene,
our hats are off to every one of them!

Terri Delfino

Rene Brons
Liz Wan
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GEOLOGY, SOIL AND THE GRAPES IN YOUR GLASS

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hen it comes to distinctive regional wine characteristics
and quality, (what we often refer to as “terroir”) it’s hard
to overestimate the influence of soil on grapes grown around
the globe.
We’re all familiar with soil, but probably don’t give much
thought to where it comes from or how one soil is different
from another. Consider this: if comedy is tragedy plus time, a
formula often repeated since Steve Allen said it in 1957, then
soils are rocks plus time. Soils result from rocks subjected to
“interactions of climate, relief, and living organisms over time,”
to quote the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Given all those interactions, soils come in a dizzying array of
colors, textures and agricultural potential.
Every soil tells a story and the best way to understand it is
to take in a talk by Dr. Scott Burns, Portland State University
Professor Emeritus of Geology. Dr. Burns visits Southern
Oregon periodically to speak to wine industry professionals
about the vineyard soils in this area. Below are some key points.
Southern Oregon has some of the oldest rocks in the
state—Our oldest rock mass, the Klamath Range, formed at
the bottom of the ocean about 300 million years ago. Some
165-130 million years ago, this submarine rock mass was
thrust up and joined to the stable North American plate. As a
distinctly-different formation fused to the continental plate,
the Klamath Range is known as a geological terrane. 60-48
million years ago, another terrane was uplifted and fused
to the Oregon coast, creating the Coast Range. Prior to the
accretion of these terranes, land’s end was close to the present
Oregon-Idaho border.
Concurrently, (50-6 million years ago) hundreds of volcanoes
of the Cascade Mountains to the east were in a state of
continuous eruption, creating large tracts of volcanic rock such
as basalt formed from iron-rich lava and tuff formed from ash.
Volcanic rocks developed into many types of soil including
sandy loams and clays.
48-34 million years ago, rivers flowing through Southwestern
Oregon eroded much of the volcanic rock as they cut river
beds and dropped sediments that developed into the soils
characteristic of alluvial fans and stream beds. See “Oregon: A
Geologic History” at http://www.oregongeology.org.
The influence of these parent rocks is evident in our
vineyard soils—Low vigor, well-drained red earth derived
from iron-rich volcanic rocks is so prized by winegrowers that
the Douglas County AVA incorporated “Red Hills” into its
appellation name. Similarly, HillCrest Vineyard in Southern
Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, the first Oregon estate winery of
the modern era, established by Richard Sommer in 1961, is
planted on soils that resemble Goldridge Sandy Loam in the
famed Russian River wine growing area of California. Current
owner Dyson DeMara recalls it was this soil that drew him
to HillCrest. “It’s very deep and the primary horizons are
extremely thick. The color is a deep red. It’s the soil that brought
me specifically to this bench top.”
And why is low vigor soil good for vineyards? Vines planted
on very fertile soils produce lots of leaves. A dense canopy is
often prone to mildew and pests and needs hands-on labor
(hedging and leaf stripping) or chemical intervention to
produce healthy fruit. Low vigor, relatively infertile soils tend
to support sparser canopies that allow light penetration and
ventilation, inhibiting mildew and other problems.

by MJ DASPIT
Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards, also in the Umpqua Valley,
are sited at the junction of the two geological terranes
mentioned above. See www.abacela.com for a detailed
discussion. Soils of the Cox’s Rock Vineyard developed
from rocks as much as 225 million years old, associated
with the Klamath Range. Soils of the immediately-adjacent
Cobblestone Vineyard derive from Coastal Range rock only
about 25 million years old. Because of differences in the
parent rock, there are five distinct soils among Abecela’s
vineyard blocks, mostly loams with varying clay, sand or silt
composition, each requiring a different approach to irrigation
and fertility management.
A number of Southern Oregon vineyards are established
on clays derived from volcanic rock. These clays are often
fairly fertile and may expand with water absorption and then
contract and open surface cracks as they dry out. Such sites are
capable of excellent wine grape production, but require more
grower expertise to manage irrigation and vine canopy.
Many vineyards in the Rogue Valley including Del Rio,
Kriselle, Trium, Pebblestone, StoneRiver, and Upper Five
occupy alluvial fans and stream terraces. These sites benefit
from the well-drained sandy loams that developed on old
stream and river beds. River stones known as “cobbles” retain
heat and hasten the development of new growth in the spring.
Similar alluvial soils are also found on Applegate and Illinois
Valley vineyard sites.
The influence of soil is evident in the taste of wine in the
glass—While we don’t understand the chemistry behind the
effect of soil on the taste of grapes, a “terroir tasting” comparing
wines of the same year and varietal grown on different soils
clearly demonstrates the defining difference soil can make. Soil
is, after all, the “terre” in terroir.
The full list of terroir elements impacting wine, according
to Dr. Burns, not only includes geology/soils, but grape stock/
clone, climate, soil hydrology, physiography, winemaking
practices and vineyard management.
So the next time you’re pouring a glass of Southern Oregon
wine, remember it’s not just quality grapes that make it taste
great, but a variety of factors including the very soil in your glass!

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A Grape's Journey
BARREL-AGING

by MJ DASPIT
Photo courtesy of Tonnellerie Cadus

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T

he difference in the way white and red grapes are handled in the winery
is probably most dramatically illustrated by the time between harvesting
the fruit and bottling the finished wine. For a white wine like Sauvignon
Blanc or Pinot Gris, the whole process may take only ninety days. A white
varietal that spends time in barrel, such as Chardonnay, may take six months,
still a short time from crush pad to glass as compared to reds.
Red wines typically spend one to two years in barrel, sometimes longer.
After the wine goes through malolactic fermentation*, (the secondary
bacterial fermentation that converts malic acid to lactic acid) the winemaker
will keep it in barrel so the wine will take on the flavor of the wood, typically
a variety of oak. Most barrels, or cooperage, used in winemaking are either
French, American or Hungarian oak. Besides the choice of wood, the
winemaker also has a choice in terms of how deeply the interior of the
barrel is toasted; light, medium or dark. In toasting, the inside of the staves
are exposed to a flame to brown them before barrel assembly is completed.
Generally speaking, light toast imparts mild wood notes with a vanilla
component. Medium toast inflects the wine with heavier wood notes, vanilla
and caramel flavors. Dark toast is suitable for the more robust wines that are
enhanced by smoky and roasted coffee flavors.
Sediments may precipitate out of barreled wines over time. Sometimes,
as with a Chardonnay fermented sur lie, or on the lees, the sediment (grape
particles and dead yeast cells) is stirred back into the wine through a process
known as bâtonnage. Eventually wines in barrel are drawn off sediments and
transferred to clean cooperage through a process known as racking. Any loss of
wine from the barrel through evaporation or racking is made up by topping off
to minimize air space known as ullage that may result in harmful oxidation.
Most wineries have what is called a barrel program. Because barrels lose
flavor over time, they have a useful life of only five to seven years. As they are
one of the most expensive components of a winery, (a new 59 gallon French
oak barrel costs about $1,000) only a percentage of the winery’s cooperage is
replaced in any one year. This means the winemaker must select which wines
to put into new barrels having the strongest flavor and which to put into the
older, neutral ones. Winemakers may elect to use only a percentage of new
oak for a single vintage of a varietal. In this case, the wine aged in new oak
would be blended with that aged in neutral oak before bottling.
So let’s talk about blending. Blends may combine different varietals or
different years of a single varietal. The latter is known as a non-vintage blend.
The winemaker blends to create a composite wine that has better balance
than any one of its component wines alone. Blends may be denoted by
generic names such as Claret or they may be labeled with proprietary names
that denote a certain winery’s product such as Kriselle Cellars’ D’tani, a
Bordeaux blend.
Under Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules, a wine is a blend if it
contains less than 75% of a single varietal. A wine that is 75% Viognier and
25% Marsanne can be labeled Viognier, but a wine that is 60% Viognier, 25%
Marsanne and 15% Rousanne would be labeled as a blend. Oregon Pinot
Noir carries more stringent label requirements than other varietals. It must
be 90% Pinot Noir to bear the varietal designation and 95% from a single
Oregon American Viticultural Area (AVA) to carry that area designation.
Thus, a label that reads Southern Oregon Pinot Noir must be 95% Pinot Noir
grown in Southern Oregon.
Before bottling, some wines may undergo additional processes such as
filtering, fining and cold stabilization to enhance clarity.
Filtered wines are pumped through fine gauge mesh to mechanically
remove particles of sediment. Filtering can strip wines and for this reason
is often not a method of choice for varietals like Pinot Noir that need gentle
handling to preserve delicate flavors and viscosity.
In fining, an organic compound such as egg white is added to the wine to cause
sedimentary particles to cling together and fall out of suspension in the wine.
With cold stabilization, wine temperature is held at about 30 degrees for
several days, causing particles of sediment, typically crystals of tannic acid, to
fall out of solution.
The grape, at this point, has finished its metamorphosis into wine, but the
journey isn’t quite complete. The next step involves bottling, labeling, storage
and release. Stay tuned.
*See Tasting Terms on page 50 for full definitions.

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"W

ine is every bit as important as the food we’re doing,” says executive chef
Damon Jones.
Serving as a narrative of the seasons, Larks’ menus extol Southern Oregon’s
agricultural bounty and artisan foods. From citrusy sauvignon blanc to spicy
tempranillo, the region’s wines co-author the culinary tale.
“We are constantly pairing stuff with wine,” says Jones, whose staff devises dishes
for more than 50 events annually that celebrate wine. Winemaker dinners also
enhance the experience at Larks, which opened a decade ago at Ashland Springs
Hotel and expanded to Medford with the Red Lion Hotel’s 2013 reinvention by
Neuman Hotel Group as Inn at the Commons.
“They weren’t carbon copies,” says Jones of the two restaurants, where diners can
taste distinctly-different recipes while relishing a few mainstays, such as roasted
beet salad and fried chicken breast. The Larks wine lists aren’t mirror images, either,
although Oregon labels dominate both.
“I think it’s incredible the number of wineries that have come about,” says Jones.
“We’ve always made a really giant effort to promote Oregon and local wines.”

by SARAH LEMON

Prominently promoted on Larks’ lists are Daisy Creek Vineyard, Folin Cellars,
Kriselle Cellars, Ledger David Cellars and Upper Five Vineyard—all, of the Rogue
Valley. The Applegate’s Slagle Creek Vineyards and Valley View Winery supply
syrah for the Ashland restaurant, and the Umpqua’s Brandborg and Abacela
wineries contribute lighter pinot noir and tempranillo.
These and other wineries complement dozens of local farms, ranches and
purveyors who figure into Larks’ farm-to-table philosophy.
“I think of those wineries as farms, as well,” says Ava DeRosier, Director of Food
and Beverage for Neuman Hotel Group.
“Our whole concept is about sustainability,” says Jones. “It’s really beyond organic.”
A celebration of traditional, hand-crafted food, Larks’ “farm plate” comprises
house-made charcuterie and condiments, along with cheeses from Jacksonville’s
By George Farm. As a starter or light meal, the platter suits the full spectrum of
Southern Oregon varietals, says Jones.
“It works for people who are drinking different types of wine.”

Summer is when Chef Jones, an Alabama native, personally passes-up Bourbon
for white wines, which pair well with fried green tomatoes battered in corn flour
from Medford’s Dunbar Farms. Among Jones’ other comfort-food classics, hearty
meatloaf and silken mashed potatoes is a natural with Daisy Creek’s “Lyon Red.”

The syrah-merlot blend also echoes richly-flavored lamb shanks. Demi-glace
drizzled on this dish occasionally incorporates local wines, as do Larks desserts.
Adapting a recipe to a specific vintage, then serving it alongside the wine, says
Jones, can play-up the nuances of each.
It’s those nuances of Southern Oregon viticulture and terroir that speak volumes
of Larks’ wine service, boasting bottles from 20 of the region’s wineries in just as
many grape varieties.
“People are definitely becoming more aware of the quality of local wine,” says Jones.

Executive Chef
Damon Jones
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Wines Tell the "Oregon Story” at Larks

ROGUE VALLEY

ROGUE VALLEY

Rogue
Creamery

Kaleidoscope

CENTRAL POINT

MEDFORD

Caprice Vineyards / Pg 34
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery / Pg 23
2335 N Phoenix Road
Medford OR 97504

Ledger David Cellars / Pg 22
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502

EdenVale Winery / Pg 23
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
Jaxon Vineyards / Pg 24
5709 Hughes Road
Medford OR 97504
RoxyAnn Winery / Pg 25
3285 Hillcrest Road
Medford OR 97504

Bambu
Larks

GoodBean

Elements

TALENT

See page 33
for a detailed
map of
Jacksonville

Paschal Winery & Vineyard / Pg 27
1122 Suncrest Road
Talent OR 97540
Trium / Pg 27
7112 Rapp Lane
Talent OR 97540

ASHLAND
Belle Fiore Winery / Pg 17
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520
Eliana Wines / Pg 18
158 Gaerky Creek Road
Ashland OR 97520
Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro / Pg 18
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520

Beasy's
Loft Brasserie

Larks
Harvey's
Place

Grizzly Peak Winery / Pg 19
1600 E Nevada Street
Ashland OR 97520
Weisinger Family Winery / Pg 20
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland OR 97520
©Jacksonville Publishing LLC 2016
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ROGUE VALLEY

BELLE FIORE WINERY

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 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.

Belle Fiore offers a wide selection of wines
made to the exacting standards of their Napa
Valley-trained winemaker. Belle Fiore’s talented
winemaking team has won numerous medals
for many wines including Best in Class for
Pinot Noir and Best of Show for their 2012
Numinos Bordeaux blend. 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 Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone vintages
or such unusual gems as Teroldego, Verdejo,
and Caprettone.

BRASSERIE & BAR

In addition to wines of exceptional quality,
Belle Fiore offers live music nightly, gourmet
wine-food pairings, special events, art exhibits,
tapas, and exclusive winemaker dinners. 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 is an extraordinary,
must-see gem in the Rogue Valley!

Opt to try the French menu on the
terrace at the intimate Loft Brasserie.
— Wine Enthusiast magazine
LUNCH • MON–FRI • 11:30AM–2PM | OPEN NIGHTLY • 4-10PM
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ELIANA WINES

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

ENOTECA WINE TASTING & BISTRO

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.

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.

17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-3377
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Wednesday, 1-7pm
Thursday-Saturday, noon-8pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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Enoteca offers light-fare menu items such as
cheese boards, salads, soups and spreadables
plus Oregon Shakespeare Festival-themed
Thespian Thursday Dinner entrees paired
perfectly with their wines—served pre-curtain
at 5:30pm. The friendly staff can also help you
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 musicians on
1st and 3rd Friday nights, community classes
and more. As a member of the Ashland Gallery
Association, they curate an ever-changing array
of work by local artists. Offering one of the
best “people watching” views on the Plaza, the
upstairs sitting room is a great place to host a
meeting, study, or just 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 WINERY 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—and a
lovely picnic spot. Established in 1998 by Al
& Virginia Silbowitz, offerings have grown to
include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo,
Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay and
several blends. Recently, the 2013 Tempranillo
and 2013 Viognier won gold and silver medals
at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition, the 2014 Viognier won Gold
and 2013 Syrah won Silver at this year's Savor
Northwest, and the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
took Double Gold at the Cascadia Wine
Competition.
Daughter Naomi Fuerte, as friendly as she is
wine-savvy, presides in the tasting room, with
its vine-arbored patio, perfect for visiting and
sipping wines with friends. The lovely expanses
of lush lawn bordered by magnificent oak
trees are the perfect site for a picnic, wedding,
private party and many cultural events hosted
from June through September. Starting on July
8, catch their Friday night summer concert
series, offering yet another reason to visit
Grizzly Peak.

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WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY
OPEN 7 DAYS

Rogue Valley
featured wines

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

July 1-31st - Quady North
August 1-31st - Kriselle Cellars
Sept. 1-30th - Irvine Vineyards

OPEN 7 DAYS
Summerwine & Dine

July, August, & September, you will receive
promotional pricing on bottled wines from
the vineyards listed below when you present
a tasting receipt from that vineyard.
Cowhorn Winery • Kriselle Cellars
RoxyAnn Winery • Dana Campbell
Quady North • Weisinger’s
Promotional pricing available: on same day
tasting & dining only with purchase of entrees
not available with split entrees or in conjunction
with any other promotional pricing
A courtesy 15% discount is offered on all
bottled wines purchased for off premise use.

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 beginning to Rogue
Valley wine country. With a list including cool
climate, dry Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir
along with Bordeaux, Spanish and Rhône
varietals, Weisinger offers wine tourists a taste
of the region’s diversity at their very first stop.

Seafood, Steaks & Pasta
Since1996

541-488-5009
51 Water St. Ashland

Weisinger Family Winery
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland OR 97520
541-488-5989
weisingers.com
Hours:
May-September,
Daily, 11am-6pm

We are Justin and
Michaela Donovan,
real estate brokers
with Ashland Homes
Real Estate, here in
beautiful Ashland,
Oregon.
With well over 25
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and overall client
satisfaction.
Please give us a call
so we can put our
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for you.

October-April,
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Annual Winemaker's Dinner,
Friday, August 19

Justin Donovan Broker, GRI
Cell 541-890-6673
541-482-0044 ext 109
Justin.AshlandHomes@gmail.com

Michaela Donovan Broker, GRI
541-482-0044 ext 113
Michaela.AshlandHomes@gmail.com

Office Website: www.Ashland-Homes.com
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Wines:
Bordeaux Blends
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Dry Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Pinot Noir
Rosé
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Weisinger wines are made by secondgeneration 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 through the summer, check the
website for performance dates.
Weisinger Family Winery may be the first stop
on your winery itinerary, but it’s the last one
you’ll forget.

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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.

Enjoy the area’s LARGEST
Southern Oregon Wine List
Offering Wine Flights. Banquet space now available for
private parties.

Ledger David Cellars
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502
541-664-2218
ledgerdavid.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm

Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Elements TapasChardonnay
Bar & Lounge is Medford’s
first tapas bar,Chenin
and ourBlanc
philosophy is really
Malbec
quite simple: take
the best local ingredients,
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make wonderful
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great drink. Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Located on the corner of FRONT and
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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.

EDENVALE WINERY

2HAWK owners Ross and Jen Allen say raising
the bar on wine quality is equally important
as creating a memorable guest experience.
Ross brings 30+ years farming experience to
his vineyard management using sustainable
practices and cutting-edge technology to
maximize fruit quality. Jen’s expertise, Customer
Service and Business Management, is utilized
daily ensuring each visitor enters as a guest,
leaves as a friend, and returns regularly to
experience the exceptional estate Tasting Room
and panoramic southerly valley views.

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery
2335 N Phoenix Road
Medford OR 97504
541-779-WINE
2hawkwinery.com
Hours:
Monday-Sunday, 1-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

The Allen’s labor has resulted in over 15 medals
in wine competitions awarded in 2016 and the
Tasting Room being voted as one of the best
places to visit in the Rogue Valley. Membership
in the Falcon Wine Club has grown vigorously.
Demand for estate-grown wines such as
Tempranillo, Viognier, and Chardonnay is
such that Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and
Sauvignon Blanc, among others, have been
planted. A new, state-of-the-art production
facility is under construction bringing 2Hawk’s
winemaking into precise focus defining it as an
industry leader.
Experience the Oregon Lodge-style Tasting
Room’s rustic charm, engaging staff, and
the variety of small plate options that add a
gourmand touch to any wine tasting.

2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
541-512-2955 x2
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

ROGUE VALLEY

2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY

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 tasting room has a knowledgeable staff
and extensive grounds with multiple private
picnic areas and patios with amazing orchard
views to enjoy delicious wines! Book a Private
Winery Group Tour with an opportunity
to meet the winemaker and barrel taste, by
appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays
at 10am, noon & 2pm. Join the party for the
outdoor Summer Music Series, Fridays at
6:30pm and enjoy fine wines with a full menu
of sliders, pizzas and more. EdenVale is a
unique and exquisite event venue for weddings
and celebrations and is a truly “must-visit” local
winery! P.S. Look for their 100% Organic Pear
Cider Release in early summer!

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JAXON VINEYARDS

JAXON VINEYARDS embodies the very
best of the Rogue Valley: optimum growing
conditions for its Rhone and Spanish
varietals, quintessential vineyard scenery and
everything for the visitor, from fabulous wine
to horseshoes and bocce ball. The combination
reflects the ambition and hard work of Jamie
and Katherine McCleary who bought the
property as a former pear orchard in 2008 and
turned it into the vineyard behind a label that
has consistently won critical acclaim since its
inaugural 2011 vintage.
To bring out the unique terroir of their Fern
Valley fruit, the McClearys chose Rob Folin of
Folin Cellars to craft their wines. Folin’s awardwinning style has garnered JAXON multiple 90+
ratings and too many gold medals to list here.

Jaxon Vineyards
5709 Hughes Road
Medford OR 97504
541-512-1514
jaxonvineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-4pm
May-September
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
Malbec
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
Proprietary Blends

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Only slightly less important than the stellar
reputation of their wines is the park-like
outdoor setting the McClearys have created to
share with others. The view from the terrace,
Jamie McCleary says, is hard to describe
in words other than “Wow!” Visitors are
encouraged to roam the vineyard, garden and
orchard or simply sit and admire the scenic
beauty while enjoying a gourmet small plate
and a flight. Either way, once you get to Jaxon
Vineyards, you won’t want to leave.

ROGUE VALLEY

ROXYANN WINERY

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

We Love Local Wine!

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.

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1311 N. Central Avenue, Medford

TRIUM

PASCHAL WINERY AND VINEYARD was
started in 1990 by Roy Paschal and has evolved
into an enterprise that reflects the love of his
family for their beautiful 13-acre estate and the
handcrafted artisan wines that bear the Paschal
label. Visitors to the Italianate tasting room will
enjoy a wide range of crowd-pleasing red and
white Rogue Valley varietals and blends made
to the Paschal family’s exacting specifications.

Paschal Winery & Vineyard
1122 Suncrest Road
Talent OR 97540
541-535-7957
​paschalwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-6pm
Varietals:
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Viognier
Blends

The tasting room also offers magnificent
vistas of the vineyard and pear orchard, the
Cascade foothills and the Siskiyou peaks. The
perfect setting for private parties, weddings and
meetings, event spaces, including a heated patio,
are available throughout the year, rain or shine.
Not-to-be-missed are a variety of special
winery happenings such as the Cork ‘n’ Fork
Dinners on Wednesday evenings, with menus
catered by a local restaurant and live music
provided by a variety of local artists. Paschal
also hosts art openings, concerts and regular
wine and food pairings. If you can’t get enough
in one afternoon or evening, then you may
book into the estate guest cottage, a luxury
villa with three suites, each with private bath,
and all the amenities from gourmet kitchen to
Jacuzzi to massage chair.

Trium
7112 Rapp Lane
Talent OR 97540
541-535-4015
​triumwines.com
Hours:
May-September
Daily, 11am-5:30pm

ROGUE VALLEY

PASCHAL WINERY & VINEYARD

TRIUM is a Latin term meaning “of the three,”
an expression of the early collaboration of three
vineyard owners to produce classically-styled,
vineyard-focused wine. That label, with its
reproduction of a sixteenth-century woodcut
depicting a vineyard worker, also means
something very specific to the brand. For Laura,
Kurt and Dustin Lotspeich, founders and
current owners of TRIUM, it speaks to the fact
that hard work in the vineyard pays off in the
glass. The Lotspeichs have produced premium
Pinot Gris, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo,
Grenache and Zinfandel from their 17-acre
Pheasant Vineyard since 1990. Each year since
2003, they have selected part of their harvest
for TRIUM, a boutique label with no more than
one thousand cases per year. TRIUM’s flagship
wine is Gowers’ Cuvée, a proprietary Bordeaux
blend that has regularly garnered awards since
its first bottling won the platinum medal and
best of show at the 2005 Greatest of the Grape
competition. It’s hardly surprising that Laura
Lotspeich is equally at home driving a tractor
to haul harvest bins or describing the palate
notes of a vintage to visitors in the estate tasting
room, a pleasant nook perched at the top of the
hill overlooking the vines.

Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grenache
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Rosé
Tempranillo
Viognier
Zinfandel

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Del Rio Vineyards / Pg 30
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
Folin Cellars / Pg 30
Estate Winery & Tasting Room
9200 Ramsey Road
Gold Hill OR 97525

EAGLE POINT
Agate Ridge Vineyard / Pg 29
1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
LaBrasseur Vineyard / Pg 29
2444 Cobleigh Road
Eagle Point OR 97524

WHITE CITY
Kriselle Cellars / PG 31
12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503

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AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD

LA BRASSEUR VINEYARD

2016 VINEYARD CONCERT SERIES
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GENERAL $8

6:00PM - 9:00PM

JUNE 10th | KAREN LOVELY
June 24th | ROGUE SUSPECTS
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August 5th | FRANKIE HERNANDEZ
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1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
541-830-3050
agateridgevineyard.com
Summer Hours:
Daily, noon-6pm,
April thru October
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir
Primitivo
Syrah
Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier

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).

UPPER ROGUE

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.

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

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.

Dessert Wines:
Early Muscat
Late Harvest Viognier
Petite Sirah Port
Plum

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FOLIN CELLARS

UPPER ROGUE

DEL RIO VINEYARDS

Del Rio Vineyards
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
541-855-2062
delriovineyards.com
Hours:
Summer Hours, Daily, 11am-6pm
begin June 15th and run through
September 15th
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Viognier

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FOLIN CELLARS is just a mile as the crow
flies from the Wild and Scenic Rogue River
and en route to Crater Lake, in Sam’s Valley.
Built in 2009, this off-the-beaten-path gem
is well worth the drive. Embracing Southern
Oregon’s natural beauty, the winery features
expansive views of the surrounding vineyards,
a newly-built bocce ball court, patio seating
and standout Estate wines.

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.
Similarly, Del Rio’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot
Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier reflect
the time-honored traditions of Old World
winemaking blended with New World innovation
by winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume.
Del Rio's Summer Concert Series is now in
full-swing through September! Friday nights
can't get any better with local tunes, beautiful
views and fantastic wines. On July 30, celebrate
Del Rio's best-kept secret...our second label,
“Rock Point.” The" Rock Point Wines Affair" is
a great opportunity to taste new wines and relax
in our gorgeous park at the heart of Del Rio
Vineyards. On August 13, join us for a popular
event, "Dinner Under the Stars," an outside
winemaker's dinner catered by the Jacksonville
Inn overlooking the vineyard skyline. For the
beer lover, "Barrel to Glass" on August 27th
pairs beer and wine with appetizers and a fresh,
family-style meal. In September, experience
the picturesque vineyard first-hand every
Wednesday and Sunday on guided vineyard
hikes as you taste the grapes, take photos and
get a little exercise!

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Folin Cellars vintages bear the distinctive
stamp of winemaker Rob Folin. Folin has
consistently produced highly-respected wines
with depth, character and elegance from his
family’s winery since 2005.

Folin Cellars
Estate Winery & Tasting Room
9200 Ramsey Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
541-855-2018
folincellars.com
Hours:
June-October, Daily, noon-5
November-May, Weekends, noon-5
Please call for updates
Varietals:
Grenache
Mourvedre
Petite Sirah
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Sourcing fruit exclusively from their Estate
Vineyard, Folin Cellars produces Rhone
varietals as well as Tempranillo. Rob’s focused
efforts allow Folin to concentrate on quality
rather than quantity, turning out a humble 1500
cases annually. Bottled using the “Vino Seal”
closure, each wine poured expresses precisely
the flavors the winemaker intended. Hence the
slogan on the label: “No Corks, No Worries.”
“There are no shortcuts to making good wine
and I won’t release a wine that’s not up to my
standards,” Rob says. “If my family’s name goes
on the bottle, you know that I’m 100 percent
proud of what’s inside.”

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UPPER ROGUE

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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.

12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503
541-830-VINO (8466)
krisellecellars.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5:30pm
Mid-June to Mid-September,
Extended Hours, Thursday
& Friday to 7pm
Live Music on Thursdays, 5-7pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Red Blends (Di'tani and S/CS)
Rosé
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

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Kriselle Cellars' owner and winemaker, Scott
Steingraber, produces award-winning varietals
and distinctive blends including Cabernet
Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec, Sauvignon
Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier.
Be sure and also explore Kriselle Cellars'
notable red blends—their 2013 Di’tani
recently received a Gold medal at the 2016 San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
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. From
mid-June to mid-September, the tasting room
offers extended hours on Thursday and Friday
until 7pm with live music on Thursdays from
5-7pm. And this summer, be sure to enjoy an
exceptional dry Sangiovese Rosé, available
exclusively in the tasting room while it lasts!

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Caprice Vineyards / Pg 34
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
Daisy Creek Vineyard / Pg 35
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530

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DANCIN Vineyards & Winery / Pg 36
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
(One mile East of downtown Jacksonville)
Quady North / Pg 37
255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
South Stage Cellars / Pg 38
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
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CAPRICE VINEYARDS and Alpaca Farm
became home to Jim and Jeanne Davidian and
their alpacas in 2004 when they moved their
Riverside, California ranching operation to
a property outside Jacksonville that included
a 7-acre vineyard. The Davidians decided to
make wine and established the Caprice label
with a 2006 bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Over the years, Caprice wines have 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
vines nearly thirty years-old.

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During summer and fall, a weekly live music
series, "Music Under the Arbor," offers-up
talented, local musicians performing under
Caprice’s vine-covered arbor.

Caprice Vineyards
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
541-499-0449
capricevineyards.com
Hours:
March-December,
Thursday-Monday, noon-5pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
Live music series May-September,
every Saturday and Sunday, 2-5pm
Varietals:
Blush
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Gewurztraminer
Viognier

Whether inside the tasting room or on
the patio, guests will enjoy Caprice wines
accompanied by appetizer plates of assorted
meats, cheeses, olives and crackers. Be sure
to browse the boutique featuring a selection
of unique and beautiful alpaca products and
hand-spun yarns and also ask about their fiber
arts classes and displays of spinning, weaving
and knitting. And of course, no visit would be
complete without visiting the alpacas.

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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-April, Closed
Varietals:
Whites:
Double Play Blend
Marsanne
Riesling
Roussanne
Triple Play Blend
Viognier
Reds:
Lyon Red Blend
Malbec
Merlot
Petit Verdot

Christian , Jerry and Tom
JACKSONVILLE

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.

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Today the vineyard occupies over half of the
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Wine
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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 Wine Competition, 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.

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DANCIN VINEYARDS

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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.

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DANCIN Vineyards & Winery
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
541-245-1133
dancinvineyards.com

175 E California Street • Jacksonville
541-899-1900

The Jacksonville Inn Wine Shop was
rated by GQ Magazine as one of
the “Top 50 in America.”

Hours:
May-September:
Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm
October-April:
Thursday-Sunday, noon-7pm
Or by appointment

Let Liza and her experienced staff assist
you in selecting the perfect wine from
our selection of over 2,000 labels.
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Discover
The Wine Shop
at The Inn

Varietals:
Chardonnay
Barbera
Pinot Noir
Port
Syrah

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.
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.

QUADY NORTH

Quady North
255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-702-2123
quadynorth.com

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.”

JACKSONVILLE

Summer Hours:
Thursday-Sunday,11am-7pm
Monday, 11am-6pm
(Through Labor Day)

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.

Fine dining
in the heart of
wine country

Dinner~Wednesday-Sunday 5-9p
Sunday Brunch~10a-1p
Reservations: 541-899-8699

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SOUTH STAGE CELLARS
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South Stage Cellars
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-9120
southstagecellars.com
Hours:
Open 7 days a week,
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sunday, 1-7p
Wed, Friday & Saturday, 1-8p
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

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS is housed in a
charming, historic building with a magical,
expansive, shaded wine garden, making the
perfect place to enjoy a dazzling array of
fine wines made by a number of outstanding
Oregon winemakers. Don and Traute Moore of
Quail Run Vineyards are among the pioneers
of Southern Oregon’s grape industry. Over 25
years ago, they introduced many new varieties
of wine grapes from around the world while
their vineyards increased to include 18 different
sites throughout the Rogue Valley.
Second generation, son and owner, Michael
Moore, now manages the vineyard operations.
He continues to expand and improve Quail
Run Vineyards through numerous viticultural
experiments and innovations, providing
sustainably-grown LIVE certified grapes
for their estate label and over 30 wineries
throughout Oregon.
The “South Stage Cellars” label offers 28
varieties of award-winning wines. Labels
from other Oregon wineries are also available
on-site, all made exclusively from Quail Run
fruit. The wonderful variety of wine flavors can
be accompanied by gourmet cheese, sausage or
smoked salmon plates, available daily. SSC offers
twice-a-week dinners, live music and unique
wine education programs throughout the year.
Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find the tasting
room staff warm and well-informed, the
ambience informal and friendly, and the wines
incomparable.

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

GRANTS PASS SIDE
Schmidt Family Vineyards / Pg 44
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Schultz Wines / Pg 44
755 Slagle Creek Rd
Grants Pass OR 97527

Serra Vineyards / Pg 45
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Troon Vineyard / Pg 46
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery / Pg 46
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

Vineyard & Winery

JACKSONVILLE SIDE

Honeysuckle Cafe

Devitt Winery & Vineyards / Pg 42
11412 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Longsword Vineyard / Pg 42
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Red Lily Vineyards / Pg 43
11777 Hwy. 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Valley View Winery / Pg 43
1000 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville OR 97530

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where agriculture
meets artistry

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 17 unique wineries producing a diverse array of
outstanding wines.

Plan your trip @

www.applegatewinetrail.com

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 idyllic
Southern Oregon wine-tasting experience
and prides itself on creating unique, complex,
and enjoyable wines served in a fun, relaxing
atmosphere that truly captures what the
Southern Oregon wine scene is all about.
Family-owned, operated, and farmed, every
LongSword Vineyard wine has been lovingly
tended to from vine to bottle.

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

Nestled in the heart of the Applegate Valley,
LongSword Vineyard’s tasting room and
patio feature stunning panoramic views of
the Cascade, Siskiyou, and Coastal mountain
ranges. During the summer months, the
incredible vistas are often dotted with the
colorful wings of paragliders and hangliders
who land in front of the tasting room and patio.

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
September 17 & 18, Star Thistle
Fly-In Paragliding Event
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc Rosé
Chardonnay
Dolcetto
Pinot Noir
Sparkling Chardonnay
Sparkling Rosé
Syrah/Zinfandel Blend

This summer, LongSword is excited to be
releasing its long-awaited Dolcetto called “La
Finta.” as well as a Syrah and Zinfandel blend
the family has aptly dubbed “Mêlée.” These
two new releases along with the much-loved
“Invitation” Chardonnay, “Accolade” Sparkling
Chardonnay, and “Phrase” Pinot Noir will
create an unforgettable summer line-up.
With roses in bloom, wings in the air, chickens
running around, and LongSword's three
resident rams greeting guests in the parking lot,
LongSword truly comes alive in the summer.
The LongSword Vineyard family would like
to invite locals, travelers, newcomers, and old
friends alike to come enjoy all they have to offer.

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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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.

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

SCHULTZ WINES

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.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

Schmidt Family Vineyards
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9985
sfvineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, noon-5pm
Fridays, noon-8pm
Varietals:
Albarino
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Roussanne
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Viognier
Zinfandel

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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.
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! All summer long, enjoy Friday Night
Music Nights with live music until 8pm.

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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.

Schultz Wines
755 Slagle Creek Rd
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-414-8448
schultzwines.com
Hours:
June-August: Friday, Saturday,
Sunday, & Monday, noon-5pm
September-May: Friday &
Saturday, noon-5pm
As a family business, we have
occasional closures. Please check our
website or Facebook page for details.
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Viognier

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!

SERRA VINEYARDS

Current Listings
Vineyards / Wineries in Southern Oregon
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!

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.

Well-Established So. Oregon Winery ~
A staple in Southern Oregon’s award-winning wine industry!
Your chance to carry on the vineyard that helped start in all.
Price undisclosed Joint Marketing Agreement with LUXE Platinum Properties
Selma Area Vineyard and Winery ~ 135 acres of pure bliss!
This national award-winning wine label is located in the heart of So.
Oregon. Price undisclosed Joint Marketing Agreement with LUXE Platinum Properties
O’Neill Vineyard ~ This 63 acre paradise includes 24 acres of grapes,
2 homes and a private 3 acre lake in the heart of the Applegate Wine
Trail! $2,390,000

Tuscan Vineyard Property ~ Located between Ashland and
Medford, this 31 acre estate is a wine lover’s dream! Includes a 4900
sq. ft. home & 360 degree views! $2,190,000
Rebecca’s Vineyard ~ Located in the heart of the Umpqua Valley
AVA, this 155 acre piece of heaven is the epitome of the Oregon Dream!
$1,650,000
Crow & Bear Winery ~ This Grants Pass favorite is ready for the
next level. Includes large home, 9 acres of established vineyard and
custom winery! $1,200,000

APPLEGATE VALLEY

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!

Signature Food and Wine Project Opportunity ~
Customizable project includes approved zoning on 27 historic acres,
co-located with a well-established winery and wine brand. $10,300,000

Draper Valley Vineyard ~ An unmatched opportunity to step into
a full-scale vineyard/winery facility! Just 20 min. to Grants Pass, this is a
must see! $1,190,000

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

2015 Outstanding
Broker of the Year

Alan DeVries
Land and Wildlife.com
(541) 840-6556
alan@landandwildlife.com
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TROON VINEYARD

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & CRUSHPAD CREAMERY

APPLEGATE VALLEY

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 & 4pm.
Call or email to book tour.

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
introduced a guided vineyard and winery
tour, “The Grape Expedition Tour.” Now
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.

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Syrah
Tannat
Tempranillo
Vermentino
Zinfandel

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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.

Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-6364
wcwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet
Chardonnay
Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sauvignon
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
Zinfandel

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!

VALLEY MAP / Pg 16
❶ ROGUE
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs14-27
ROGUE MAP / Pg 28
❷ UPPER
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 28-31
MAP / Pg 33
❸ JACKSONVILLE
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 33-39
VALLEY MAP / Pg 40
❹ APPLEGATE
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 40-46
VALLEY MAP / Pg 49
❺ UMPQUA
Winery Info & Pairings / Pgs 48-49




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Expand Your Horizons in the Umpqua by NANCY RODRIGUEZ
Stretching from Roseburg to Elkton, the Umpqua Valley is Oregon's oldest fine wine region and where “Old World” meets “New World,” both in winemaking and culture. This expansive
region, with its breathtaking scenery, has 25+ wineries—making it a must-visit wine destination for anyone craving a unique tour through time and terroir. Here, in this “valley of one
hundred valleys,” discover great places to eat and stay, and of course, great wines to taste along the way. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites!
C.H. BAILEY HOUSE, BED & BREAKFAST—A drive east of Roseburg
on Highway 138 into the countryside leads to this historic farmhouse,
built in 1909. With its timeless charm, the C.H. Bailey House captured
the hearts of Sherry and Jay Couron when they first visited the area,
so they purchased it and transformed it into a delight for the senses.
Built in the “Transitional Box-style,” its wrap-around veranda lets guests
linger while awaiting their next adventure, including hikes to 17 nearby
waterfalls on the North Umpqua River, trips to the coast and Crater Lake
and local wineries. Inspired by European travels, the Couron’s decorated
the five guest rooms in a comfortable, yet elegant style featuring
antiques, luxurious linens and modern-day amenities. Guests will enjoy
lovely gardens, two bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf and a
restored barn, perfect for weddings. Located within easy distance of
rafting and wine tasting, it’s the perfect place to build lasting memories.
CHBaileyHouse.com
PAUL O'BRIEN WINERY—In the heart of
downtown Roseburg, Paul O'Brien Winery
is the first “urban winery” of its kind in the
area. Built as a collaborative effort between
Scott Kelley and Dyson DeMara, owners of the
historic Hillcrest Winery, it opens the door to
the new world of winemaking. When you walk
into the winery, the welcome you receive is
warm, without pretense and with a “How can
we help?” attitude. The experience is a unique,
interactive one that starts with an impressive
sight—two, 3,000-gallon oak fermenters,
standing at the gateway to the winery,
symbolic of the owners’ vision of a comingof-age wine area. In the tasting room, the
space is designed with a timeless quality, with
soft light, illuminating wines that combine
old-world tradition crafted with new world
techniques. Outside the winery doors, you’ll
discover new downtown restaurants bringing
a food renaissance to Roseburg. Be sure and
try True, Salud, Brix, Alexander's and longtime favorite, Dino's. PaulOBrienWines.com

COOPER RIDGE VINEYARD—Cooper Ridge Vineyard owners Robin
and Lesa Ray encourage visitors to “Come for the wine and stay for the
view.” The tasting room offers stunning views of vineyards descending
a gentle slope, leading to the North Umpqua River and a 180 degree
view of the Callahan Ridge. The tasting room, opened in 2015, offers a
multi-tiered deck, the perfect place for sipping wine, partaking of food
pairings prepared by guest chefs and for enjoying music on summer
evenings. Starting this June, a new guest house will also be available
for visitors wishing to spend even more time exploring the area.
CooperRidgeVineyard.com
DELFINO VINEYARDS B&B GUEST COTTAGE­—Jim and Terri Delfino
found their 160-acre Umpqua Valley ranch in 2000 while on a quest
to fulfill their dream of finding someplace like Napa. After planting 18
acres of vines to 7 varietals and establishing Delfino Vineyards, they
also opened a guest cottage, and have since received accolades for their
wines and guest accommodations. Impeccable and filled with antiques,
Delfino Guest Cottage offers comfort combined with local culinary
delicacies, a hot tub on the private deck, a lap pool, hiking trails and
picnic tables with vineyard views. The tasting room offers estate-grown
artisan wines, just steps away from the cottage—a perfect way to start
your Umpqua Valley wine region tour, where Jim and Terri invite you to
“taste the place.” DelfinoVineyards.com

UMPQUA VALLEY

HISTORIC OAKLAND—“Welcome to Historic Oakland,” is the greeting you’ll receive everywhere
in this small town. With brick buildings dating to the 1880's, each offers a unique story that
continues to unfold as the past meets the present. Oakland evokes Norman Rockwell scenes with
its 4th of July parades, vintage car shows and picnics on the town square. Although antiquing is
a main draw, there are plenty of new businesses offering-up other treasures. In addition to the
legendary Tolly's Restaurant, the Town and Country Café was an instant success with its
bistro-style menu and commitment to the community.
Located in the beautiful, old bank building, discover the future—Triple Oak Wine Vault. A
gathering place for locals and wine tourists alike, the tasting room was established in 2013 to
showcase the award-winning wines of Triple Oak Vineyard. The story of this vineyard began in
Oakland, California and journeyed north to Oakland, Oregon, now on the forefront of producing
Tempranillo, a signature varietal of the Umpqua Valley region. Facebook/Triple Oak Wine Vault
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SPANGLER VINEYARDS
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SPANGLER VINEYARDS owner, grower and
winemaker for twenty-eight years, Pat Spangler
bought his Roseburg estate and winery in
2004. After spending three years in northern
California looking for vineyard property, he was
attracted by the Umpqua Valley’s rural character.
He found a special site with some of the oldest
vines in the region and never looked back.

491 Winery Lane
Roseburg OR 97471
541-679-9654
​spanglervineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
Closed major holidays

River’s Edge
Anindor Vineyards
Triple Oak Vineyard
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards
Cooper Ridge Vineyard
Melrose
Delfino Vineyards
Girardet
Abacela
Spangler Vineyards
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Applying techniques of modern viticulture to
these nearly fifty-year-old, dry-farmed, ownrooted vines, Spangler maintains crop yields at
only one ton per acre. The result is an intenselyflavored estate reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that
was sought-out by connoisseurs long before
Southern Oregon was recognized as an up-andcoming wine region.

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In addition to this special estate Cab, Spangler
offers a selection of reds including multiple
award-winning Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah,
Petit Verdot and Zinfandel, varietals that you
won’t find at most Southern Oregon wineries.
You also won’t find them for sale at your
favorite restaurant or wine shop. Spangler’s
small lot annual production of only 3,000 cases
is for direct sale through the tasting room only.
Spangler Vineyards is just off I-5 at exit 119 and
open daily year-round. Stop in and visit with
Pat's beloved Akita’s while sampling some wine!
For the wine lover who seeks-out uncommon
red varietals, Spangler Vineyards should be
at the top of your list of must-visit Southern
Oregon wineries!

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UMPQUA VALLEY

Varietals:
Alicante Bouschet
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Mourvedre
Petit Verdot
Petite Sirah
Sangiovese
Tempranillo
Viognier
Zinfandel
Almond Sparkling Wine
Raspberry Sparkling Wine

Brandborg Vineyard
Bradley Vineyards
Marsh Anne Landing
Misty Oaks Vineyard
Becker Vineyard
Season Cellars
Hillcrest Winery
Chateau Nonchalant
Wild Rose Vineyard
Freed Estate Winery
Paul O’Brien Winery

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SOUTHERN OREGON WINERY TOURS

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Tasting Terms
AVA: American Viticultural Area defines a
winegrowing region.
Acidity: In winemaking, sour or tart flavors,
in-balance or out of balance with sweet and
bitter components of a wine.
Aroma: The smells attributed to the grape
varietal such as blackberry, apricot, cherry,
strawberry, etc.
Astringent: The drying effect that tannins
give to the mouth, often described as a
‘puckering’ sensation.
Barrel Fermented: A process by which wine
(usually white) is fermented in oak barrels
rather than in stainless steel tanks for a
richer, creamier, oakier style of wine.
Blind Tasting: A tasting performed with the
taster unaware of what they are drinking in
order not to be influenced by the producer of
the wine.
Body: A term for the way wine feels in the
mouth, generally “light” or “full” bodied.
Bouquet: A set of smells given-off, such as
vanilla and honey in Chardonnay or anise in
Cabernet Sauvignon.
Brix: The Brix scale is used in the United States
to measure the sugar content of grapes
and wine. For an alcohol conversion level,
multiply the stated Brix by .55.
Canopy: The parts of the grapevine above
ground including shoots and leaves.
Clarity: Describes how clear wine is…when
ready to drink, wine should be clear.
Corked: A corked wine is a flawed wine that
has taken on the smell of cork as a result of
an unclean or faulty cork that smells like wet
cardboard.

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you’ll want Wine Hopper Tours to show you
the best the region has to offer.

Fermentation: The process by which yeast
converts sugar into alcohol and carbon
dioxide and turns grape juice into wine.
Filtering: The process of removing particles
from wine after fermentation. Most wines
are filtered for both clarity and stability.
Finish: How a wine is perceived and the
sensations it delivers after swallowing.
Flight: A sampling of wines, usually from 3-8
smaller glasses.

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Horizontal Flight Tasting: Tasting of several
wines from different wineries within the
same vintage, to see how each is expressed.
Lees: The accumulation of the dead yeasts
and other residual particles left-over at the
bottom after fermentation.

Legs: The droplets that drip down the side of a
wine glass when wine is swirled, often used
to judge the amount of alcohol. Slower
drips = higher alcohol content.
Malolactic Fermentation: A technique of
fermenting where the grape’s malic acid
is converted into lactic acid, resulting in a
richer, fuller wine.
Nose: Aromas that a wine gives-off.
Racking: The practice of moving wine by
hose from one container to another, leaving
sediment behind for purposes of aeration or
clarification.
Reserve: A term for wines of higher-quality,
created by either selecting the best fruit or
aging it longer in-bottle before selling.
Sediment: A bi-product of yeast in wine that
eats-up sugars, leaving small, dark granules
that are completely harmless.
Smoky: Some wines, either because of the
soil or because of the barrels used to age the
wine, have a distinctive, smoky character.
Sulfite: A preservative used to prevent oxidation.
Swirl: The act of rapidly moving wine in a
glass in a circular motion to expose more of
the wine to oxygen to release more aromas
and flavors during sensory analysis.
Tannins: The mouth-puckering substance
found mostly in red wines derived from grape
skins, seeds and stems and from oak barrels.
Tannin acts as a natural preservative that
helps wine age and develop.
Terroir: French word for the sum of
environmental factors that influence a given
vineyard site including amount of sunshine,
soil type, altitude, rain, fog, and wind.
Varietal: The variety of a grape such as Pinot
Noir or Tempranillo.
Vertical Flight Tasting: A tasting of multiple
vintages of the same wine from the same
winery to show the variations in each
vintage.
Vintage: The year in-which the grapes were
grown and made into wine.
Viticultural Area: A legally-defined grapegrowing area distinguished by geographical
features, climate, soil, elevation, history and
other definable boundaries.
Yeast: Micro-organisms that produce the
enzymes which convert sugar to alcohol that
are necessary for the fermentation of grape
juice into wine.