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SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE
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EDITOR'S LETTER / READING BETWEEN THE VINES
I’m so pleased to present this premier issue of Southern
Oregon Wine Scene magazine! In each issue, we’ll take you on
a journey of discovery through the Southern Oregon wine
region, meeting those who put everything on the line to
bring us their wines!
Whether you’re a visitor or a local, you’ll be impressed
by the friendly, down-to-earth people living and working
in the Wine Scene! From grape growers, vineyard & tasting
room managers, wine makers, winery owners and others, I
encourage you to get out there and personally meet Southern
Oregon’s friendly winery folks!
From humble garagiste to chateau-type wineries and
everything in-between—from the Umpqua Valley to Ashland
and Cave Junction to Butte Falls, there’s something for
everyone to discover in the Southern Oregon Wine Scene.
If you’ve ever considered taking a wine tour, catch Paula
Bandy’s feature on the recent growth of professional wine
tour companies and learn more about the benefits of working
with a professional guide.
With the topic of “climate change” in the news, have you ever
wondered how climate impacts growing grapes and making
wine? In MJ Daspit’s piece, One Cool Conversation, she and
Southern Oregon University Professor Greg Jones delve into
the topic, examining his pioneering work in the field of climate
science, impacting how we think about weather and wine.
There’s so much fine local wine being made here—doesn’t
it make sense to pair your favorite labels with the best,

locally-sourced foods? In Sarah Lemon’s feature, learn about
several farmers and vintners making a difference in the
Southern Oregon food… and wine scene.
And, in Part I of Think Global, Wine Local, discover how
European training and methodology influenced several
leading Umpqua Valley winemakers and its impact on their
acclaimed brands.
With our winery guides, easy-to-navigate maps, interesting
features and more, Wine Scene has it all, from Albariño to
Zinfandel—everything to make your Southern Oregon wine
experience an adventure to remember.
Cheers to Reading Between the Vines in the Southern
Oregon Wine Scene!

Whitman Parker

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CONTENTS / SUMMER 2015

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4 / ONE COOL CONVERSATION
World-renowned SOU research
climatologist Greg Jones discusses the
impact climate change is having on
growing grapes in MJ Daspit’s piece, One
Cool Conversation with Greg Jones.

6 / EXPLORE WINE COUNTRY
Using professional wine tour companies
to explore and discover is becoming more
popular! Learn about the benefits from
Paula Bandy in Explore Wine Country on a
Wine Tour.

8 / THINK GLOBAL, WINE LOCAL
In Part One of her series, Think Global,
Wine Local, MJ Daspit discovers how
international experience has influenced
some of the Umpqua Valley’s most
prestigious wine makers!

10 / FARMERS MARKETS & WINE
Discover how Southern Oregon farmers
markets are increasingly becoming a great
source to pair local food with local wine
in Sarah Lemon’s, A Perfect Blend, Farmers
Markets & Wine!

11 / OREGON WINE EXPERIENCE
This August, plan on attending the 2015
Oregon Wine Experience week-long
festival in Jacksonville, where you can
learn more about the wines you love while
supporting a great cause!

13-40 / WINERY DIRECTORY
Applegate Valley....................13-17
Rogue Valley..........................19-29
Jacksonville............................31-34
Upper Rogue..........................36-37
Umpqua Valley.......................38-40

21-23 / REGIONAL MAPS
Applegate Valley....................22
Rogue Valley ..........................21
Jacksonville............................23
Upper Rogue..........................23
Umpqua Valley.......................39

24 / PAIRINGS DIRECTORY
Our Winery, Tasting Room, Dining, Touring,
Lodging & Retail index–helps pair you up
with fine, local businesses in Wine Country.
25 / WINE TERMS GLOSSARY
SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SUMMER 2015

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One COOL Conversation
with Greg Jones
by MJ DASPIT

The glass of wine you’re
drinking right now was
influenced by many factors...
from the grower to the wine
maker to arguably the most
important aspect of terroir...
CLIMATE!

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aving a conversation with viticultural climatologist Greg Jones is much like
drinking a glass of premium wine. With his bright intensity, Jones could be
compared to a fine vintage himself and after imbibing his fruit-driven wisdom, I
invariably come away feeling smarter and better looking.
For our latest discussion, I found Professor Jones in his office on the Southern
Oregon University campus where he is Director of the Division of Business,
Communication and the Environment and professor and research climatologist
in the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Though his official titles cover
diverse areas of study, they all come together in a glass of Southern Oregon wine.
How so? Winemaking is an agricultural enterprise, starting with the selection of a
vineyard site and culminating in the production of grapes, but it is also the art and
science of fermenting the juice and making decisions as to aging and blending to
create the best expression of a particular varietal. A third component is marketing
the finished product, essentially competing with a world-wide wine selection that
can be found at almost any supermarket. This daunting enterprise requires the
skills of farmer and chemist, a finely-tuned palate and plenty of business savvy.
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It is with good reason that Jones is considered one of the most authoritative people
in the wine world, one whose opinion is indispensable when it comes to deciding
what variety of wine grape to plant where. Beginning with his doctoral thesis on
the climatology of viticulture in Bordeaux, France, he has collected data on climate,
hydrology, soils, weather and growing techniques in vineyards all over the world,
helping to describe and define viticultural areas and assess best practices based on
the quality of wines produced. His studies have also focused on climate change and
sustainability in grape production, two increasingly hot topics in the wine world today.
His contributions have earned him numerous accolades. He made Decanter magazine’s
2009 Power List of the fifty most influential people in the wine world and was named
Oregon Wine Press 2009 Wine Person of the Year. In 2012 and 2013 intowine.com listed
Jones among the hundred most influential people in the US wine industry.
In our region, with its emphasis on Pinot Noir, Jones is often called upon to
evaluate sites for possible propagation of this cool weather varietal. Wait a minute.
Did I say Pinot Noir is big in Southern Oregon? Yes, I did. Although this varietal
has been famously identified with the northern reaches of our state, the Willamette

SOUTHERN OREGON
Valley in particular, it has been the predominant wine grape produced in Southern
Oregon for some years. The 2008 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report compiled
by the Oregon Field Office of the USDA, shows that in the Rogue Valley American
Viticultural Area (AVA), consisting of Jackson and Josephine Counties, the greatest
tonnage of a single varietal harvested was 622 tons of Pinot Noir, with Pinot Gris
a distant second at 445 tons. The 2013 report compiled by the Southern Oregon
University Research Center (SOURCE) puts Pinot Noir tonnage harvested in the
Rogue Valley AVA at 1,788 tons, nearly a three-fold increase in five years. Pinot
Gris again came in second at 1,029 tons.
When you consider that wine grapes are typically produced where the growing
season temperatures average between 53 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit and that Pinot
Noir occupies an even narrower temperature band, 57.2 to 60.8 degrees, the fact
that Oregon’s most southerly AVA is a Pinot Noir growing area is indeed surprising.
When I ask how this is possible, bearing in mind toasty Rogue Valley summers,
Jones explains that at sites suitable for Pinot Noir, temperatures are moderated
by aspect and elevation. Slopes that receive primarily morning light are cooler
than those with western exposure. Think of it as being similar to your house, he
says. You wouldn’t grow the same plants on the shady side as you would on the
sunny side. With its northeast-facing slopes, DANCIN Vineyards, just outside
Jacksonville, is a good example of the cooling effect of aspect. Higher vineyard
elevations in the southeastern part of the Rogue Valley AVA also result in cooler
temperatures. A good example of a higher site that produces excellent Pinot Noir
is Irvine Family Vineyards in Ashland’s Bear Creek Drainage, where vines thrive
on east-facing slopes at 2,100 feet. What makes our Southern Oregon wine region
so special is that growing sites run the temperature gamut from those favoring
the cool varietals to the warmer conditions that make for Red Lily’s lucious
Tempranillo and Quady North’s big Syrah.
Jones hastens to add that Pinot Noir from Southern Oregon is typically a little
more ripe, producing vintages with darker berry and plum notes on the palate, as
compared to the lighter, more bright fruit Willamette flavors. It’s little wonder that
much of the Pinot Noir produced in Southern Oregon makes its way up north for
blending purposes, especially in years when ripening in the northern AVA’s has
been problematic.
We also talked about cultivation practices that can protect grapes from excessive
heat. In warmer vineyard blocks, canopies may be left leafier rather than being
pruned to a narrow, straight up and down profile. This affords the fruit more
shade and coolness. Row orientation and trellising strategies can be used for heat
management as can application of kaolinite and bentonite. Jones asks if I have
ever noticed the local pear orchards, how the leaves sometimes look white. In
response to my blank look, he explains that whitish appearance is the result of
treating the trees with kaolinite. When sprayed on the leaves, the powdered mineral
reflects heat to cool the tree the way a white roof cools your house. Bentonite
is a clay that attracts water. When applied around plant roots it helps retain
moisture. Such practices will become
increasingly important aspects of vineyard
management given the continued impact
of climate change.
And what about climate change? Jones
is among those scientists who contend that
although changes in climate have occurred
throughout history, climate changes noted
in recent times appear to be more rapid
and of greater magnitude than in the past.
What does this portend for the Southern
Oregon wine industry? Undoubtedly there
will be more challenges. Fortunately, in
Greg Jones we have one of the world’s
foremost experts on the subject to help our
growers face them.

WINE SCENE
LIVING BETWEEN THE VINES

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).

Paula Bandy is a widely-published
freelance writer and self-described western
transplant, now happily rooted in Southern
Oregon. She lives and works surrounded by
the wine lands of Southern Oregon. You’ll
often find her at local wineries, listening
to favorite musicians while discussing life’s
complexities–which she knows can be
resolved over a local vintage!

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.

THANK YOU!
This premier issue of Southern Oregon Wine Scene was only possible thanks to
generous, talented and passionate people who offered us their time, advice,
expertise, guidance and friendship! Our sincere thanks go to Steven Addington,
Terry Brandborg, Donna Briggs, Laurel Briggs, Linda Bradley, Rene Brons, Vicki
Capp, MJ Daspit, Michael Donovan, Jim Fredericks, Marilyn Hawkins, Carolyn
Hill, Michael Kell, Kim Kinderman, Dan Marca, Les Martin, Anne Root, Cal & Judy
Schmidt and Todd Reichenbach and Jeremy Sipple at Valley Web Printing.
SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SUMMER 2015

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Explore Wine Country
on a Wine Tour
by PAULA BANDY
Jubilee Trolley

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any people ask, Why take a wine tour? Can’t I just drive myself? With 80+
registered wineries throughout the Southern Oregon AVA (American
Viticultural Area), the better question to ask is, Where do I want to go and who
do I trust to get me there and back? A designated driver is always a good idea…a
winery tour may be even better!
Southern Oregon produces not only diverse wines but custom tours to gratify
your palate and pleasure. Most companies offer winery tours for both small and
large groups, cater to weddings, special events and holidays, and are here to fill your
glass with distinctive wines and tasting experiences that only Southern Oregon
offers. Tours are affordable, can be customized, may include special perks and
prices at wineries, and best of all, you can be social and simply enjoy the ride.
As Brad Niva, owner of Wine Hopper Tours highlights, “We like to slow everything
down.” He emphasizes the tours are not just for tourists but special for locals, as well.
“Many local people don't realize what is here. But they can see the beauty and learn
about the wine and wine country on a guided tour. We are ambassadors and our job
is to pull people out of the valley and up into the wine lands of Southern Oregon.”
On tours, people of the region and beyond can learn the importance of living
within a vinicultural community. They become more aware of the potential the
wine industry can bring to a community. People don't always understand what
a wine culture is, that wine is not just for a party, but is a business, an industry,
and a lifestyle. In our shift from timber to tourism, the beauty of our area and the
distinguishing features of our diverse wines have already put us on the map.
Recently, “Into the Vineyard,” an international wine touring company featuring luxury
tours to the finest wine regions on the planet added a new tour area—Southern Oregon!
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Wine tours are hot these days. They give you the opportunity to unwind, enjoy
the scenery… and stay legal. So here’s how to get your wine on—Rogue-style—with
the ambassadors of Southern Oregon wine touring.
Wine Hopper Tours is now in their 5th season. The service was prompted by
requests from local hotels looking for a way to support the growing wine
industry while offering safety and high-quality service to their guests. Niva
says their number of tours has doubled every year since. Wine Hopper Tours
are wine-industry friendly, education-based programs with no drinking onboard the vans but with plenty of room to bring wine back with you. As Brad
Niva reiterates, “We are a developed type of tour and not a booze cruise.” Wine
Hopper considers themselves as guests visiting the wineries and strives to be
good guests by embracing the wine industry as a whole, not just the wines.
Within the tour, guests are treated as wine club members for the day, with
discounts applying. They serve-up locally-sourced food at every stop and
are conscious of specific dietary needs. Wine Hopper’s goal is to help people
understand and appreciate the wine lands of Southern Oregon. “We aim to
share what we have here and inspire people to take some Southern Oregon wine
home with them,” says Niva.
Bravo Outings is in their third season and listed as one of the “Top 5 things to
do out of Ashland.” Owner Tracy Rice says they do tours for one person up to
corporate groups. “We’re different in this type of private tour in that every tour
is customized. We don't have a one size fits all. I ask what type of varietals people
prefer and the overall experience of what people want and create the tour based on
that information.”

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Wine Hopper Tours
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Bravo Outings
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Allaboard Trolley
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Bravo also offers door-to-door transportation so, “no one ever has to
drive after drinking.” Rice says lunches can be planned along the way
and they also like to combine sightseeing or a recreational component
with the winery tours. She’s done Wildlife & Wine and is planning a
Waterfall & Wine weekend in the Umpqua Valley later this summer. A
Music & Wine tour is being offered, as well. “Just ask,” she says, “We’re
open to anything within reason.”
For those interested in a vintage-style ride while seeking their perfect
Southern Oregon vintage, there are two out-of-the-ordinary trolley
services—Allaboard Trolley and Jubilee Trolley, both offering climatecontrolled comfort and customized tours year-round.
Kari Sauve, owner of Allaboard Trolley says of their fully-renovated
1920’s style Santa Barbara trolleys, “Let the journey be the adventure.
The trolley is part of the journey and creates part of the whole
experience.” The two-year-old service has affectionately personalized
their tours by naming the sister trolleys, “Molly” and “Dolly.”
Allaboard Trolley offers door-to-door pickup and collaborates with
local restaurants for antipasto plates that are served on-board. They
service all of Southern Oregon within a 100 mile radius. Kari laughs
and says, “Sometimes we even drive out into the vineyards!” She
emphasizes that, “We cater to everyone,” and there is always a hostess
on-board (usually her) to answer questions, serve the group, and make
spontaneous changes. “We prefer to meander,” she says.
Jubilee Trolley is brand new this spring and will focus on tours in
and around Jacksonville and into the Applegate Valley Wine trail. With
a beautiful teal green exterior, mahogany interior and cupola on top,
owner Gene Hooker describes it as “Classy… a classic Victorian-era
trolley.” Tours will run mid-day with a planned lunch stop. The trolley
runs on compressed natural gas, making it 100% emission-free. Now,
you can ride and sip in style while leaving a light, green footprint.
Cheers and Happy Touring!

Allaboard Trolley
SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SUMMER 2015

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Think Global
Wine Local
A two-part article on the
worldly-wise winemakers
of Southern Oregon
by MJ DASPIT

Hilda and Earl Jones
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Part One / Umpqua International

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he Umpqua Valley has been home to growers of
premium wine grapes ever since Richard Sommer
founded his historic HillCrest Vineyard about 10 miles west
of Roseburg in 1961. But with the founding of a wine estate
by Swiss-born vintner Philippe Girardet ten years later,
the area became home to a unique set of internationally
inspired and experienced winemakers, one of whom
recently put the Umpqua Valley on the radar for wine
aficionados world-wide.
Philippe Girardet grew-up in the Swiss town of Yverdon,
working in his great uncle’s vineyard and making wine for
guests at his family’s inn. At 21, Girardet left Europe for
Southern California, took a degree in engineering and joined
Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on
projects related to US efforts to reach the moon. In 1971
Girardet and wife Bonnie founded a vineyard near Tenmile,
Oregon on land formerly used to pasture sheep. Something
about that pastureland reminded Girardet of the best
vineyard lands of Europe. He planted 17 acres of Alsatian and
Burgundy varietals with some Gamay Noir and Zinfandel
thrown in. Twelve years later, two wines from his first
commercially-released vintage received silver medals at the
Oregon State Fair. Today the dry-farmed vineyard is 30 acres,
about a third of which consists of original vines. Since 1999
Philippe’s son Marc has presided over vineyard management
and annual production of 4,000 cases of premium wine.
Marc spent time in 2008, '09, and '10 in the Rhone, Bordeaux
and Burgundy regions of France tasting wines and studying
vineyard practices. Back in Oregon in 2010 he planted
Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Barbera on steep slopes and
staked the vines instead of using trellises, copying the style
of many Rhone vineyards. Vintages from all three varietals
of these Girardet “bush vines” won gold medals in the 2015
New World International Wine Competition.
Since it seemed a good US-made red Spanish varietal was
impossible to find, Earl and Hilda Jones wanted to find a
winery site with potential to grow great Tempranillo—the
principal grape in Spanish Rioja and Ribera del Duero—so
they could make their own. Their quest took them back to
the Old World to understand Tempranillo viticulture and
enology. The search to find a US climate comparable to
Tempranillo-producing regions of Spain landed them eleven
miles southwest of Roseburg, Oregon, where in 1995 they
planted the first Tempranillo in the Pacific Northwest on an
estate they named Abacela. The result—Abacela 1998 estate
Tempranillo bested all the Spanish Tempranillo entered
in the 2000 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine
Competition. Inspired by their initial success, the Joneses
began what eventually became 77 acres of experimental
plantings, many of which were varietals never before grown
in the Pacific Northwest. And how did that experiment
turn out? You can find the answer for yourself in Abacela’s
outstanding premium wines.
Enter Dyson DeMara to take the internationalization of the
Umpqua to a new level. DeMara developed an international
palate and forged strong ties with winemakers all over the
world during a career at Napa’s Robert Mondavi where
he was on the Grape Quality Enhancement Team and in
international marketing. His life changed one evening

while eating a venison wild mushroom risotto with a
bottle of Grand Cru French Burgundy, Domaine Faiveley
1979 Mazis Chambertin, to be exact. DeMara decided he
wanted to make Pinot Noir. With this new enthusiasm for
the varietal, DeMara attended the International Pinot Noir
Celebration in McMinnville and stopped in Roseburg on the
way home. He noted citrus trees, meaning the area was free
of damaging frost. When he saw a patch of red sandy loam
at the lane leading to HillCrest, “the right dirt,” he knew
he’d found the perfect spot. In 2003 DeMara acquired the
historic site, where Richard Sommer is credited with planting
the state’s first Pinot Noir, and set out to make “old world
wines in modern times.” The winery slogan applies not only
to growing practices—he dry farms and does all his own
grafting with his own rootstock— but also to his “hands-free”
winery methods, a reference to eschewing chemical additives.
DeMara uses concrete fermenters that maintain relatively
constant temperature for gentler extraction of flavors during
a 30 to 60-day skin contact period for reds, as well as large
format cooperage, 1,000 liter Fuders from Germany, for
barrel fermentation. But DeMara carries his old world slogan
one step further, making wine internationally in the literal
sense. He visits European friends he met while at Mondavi
and collaborates with them to make very limited quantities of
special wines which he then ships back to Oregon and offers
for sale at HillCrest. These include a Grenache/Carignan
blend made in Priorat, Spain; Riesling from the Mosel
Valley of Germany; and native reds from Caltagirone, Sicily.
DeMara’s international status was burnished last year when
he was invited to showcase three HillCrest vintages at the
900th birthday celebration of Stift Klosterneuburg Winery
near Vienna, Austria. As the only North American vintner
invited to pour at the event’s “master class” tasting gala for
members of the international wine press, DeMara found
himself explaining some basic New World geography, literally
putting Oregon on the map.
Scott Kelley got his international chops representing
Robert Mondavi’s overseas interests in Italy and Australia.
At Mondavi he met Dyson DeMara and forged a friendship
comprising some fifty years of international and domestic
winemaking expertise. It should come as no surprise that
they entered into a joint winemaking venture in 2012,
establishing Roseburg’s first urban winery. Dubbed "Paul
O’Brien," a combination of the owners’ middle names, the
winery occupies the historic Hansen Chevrolet building.
On the list at Paul O’Brien are Riesling, Tempranillo and
Pinot Noir sourced from the Umpqua Valley and the Moxy
collection of warmer climate varietals including a 2009
Monterey County Tannat, a grape known for bold tannins
that originated in the Basque region of France. Paul O’Brien
recently made news by announcing an agreement with
Abadia de Acón Winery of the Ribera del Duero region of
Spain to produce and bottle Tempranillo for exclusive sale in
the US at Paul O’Brien. Visitors to Paul O’Brien will be able
to side-by-side taste Umpqua Valley and Ribera del Duero
Tempranillo produced collaboratively by DeMara, Kelley
and their Spanish counterparts. It doesn’t get much more
international than that!

Marc Girardet
Dyson DeMara

Scott Kelley

SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SUMMER 2015

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A Perfect Blend

Farmers Markets & Wine
by SARAH LEMON

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Joe & Suzi Ginet

Kristen Lyon
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ines were entwined in Southern Oregon’s landscape as its eat-local
movement started taking root. A decade later, farmers markets are awash
in locally-grown foods but rarely the region’s wines. Yet the two are an ideal match,
occasionally made on a single property, more often destined for a singular meal.
“They definitely complement each other,” says David Mostue, manager of
Medford’s Dunbar Farms, which yields an array of organic produce and grains,
along with earthy red wines.
With just four of Dunbar’s 180 acres planted to wine grapes, viticulture is a
fraction of its operation. Ample space is planned, however, for pouring Bordeauxstyle blends, bottled under the Rocky Knoll label, in Dunbar’s new farm store. A
commercial kitchen will pair food and wine from the same soil.
“A healthy farm is a diverse farm,” says Mostue. “The wine is the opportunity to
have that discussion.”
Discussion among vintners, farmers and chefs typically turns to “terroir.” The
French term for the effect of location, climate, soil and growing conditions on a
wine’s character also applies, experts say, to other agricultural products. There’s
no better argument for supporters of their local wine industry to also favor fruits,
vegetables, meats, cheeses and other fare specific to the region.
“As a chef, that’s really exciting,” says Kristen Lyon, who bases her catering and
specialty-foods business in Jacksonville.
“I was just amazed at how different the carrots were between Dunbar Farms,
between Barking Moon Farm.”
Those differences are on full display at farmers markets. From the small but
thriving Williams Farmers Market that convenes Monday afternoons to bustling
Saturday markets between Roseburg and Ashland, Southern Oregon hardly suffers
a day without an open-air outlet for growers’ goods.
“It seems like every place has a farmers market now,” says Michael Donovan,
managing director of Ashland’s Irvine Family Vineyards, formerly of RoxyAnn Winery.
As interest in supporting small, local farms accelerated several years ago,
Donovan helped to install a farmers market at Medford’s Hillcrest Orchard that
has since gone by the wayside. But the market — just steps from RoxyAnn’s tasting
room — says Donovan, was part of a “long-range plan” to foster an “authentic
experience of people coming to a working farm.”
“They want that sense of place,” says Donovan.
RoxyAnn regulars, he says, enjoyed the additional perk of purchasing fresh
produce and specialty foods while out wine-tasting. Meanwhile, a contingent of
farmers-market devotees discovered RoxyAnn’s label, he adds.
“It was a two-way street.”
Markets’ dual roles as retail outlets and promotional events benefit both vendors
and shoppers. Like sampling wines in tasting rooms, where customers can request
more information and make comparisons, frequenting farmers markets connects
consumers more closely to their food.
“I think the face-to-face is very important,” says Suzi Ginet, a Williams cattle
rancher and grape grower. “I can answer their questions one-on-one.”
Ginet’s Plaisance Ranch is one of just a few Southern Oregon wine estates selling
its vintages at farmers markets, mostly to patrons familiar with the label who want a
bottle with dinner. The bigger market draw is Ginet’s organic beef raised entirely on
pastures that share 210 acres with 26 varieties of wine grapes, including its flagship
Mondeuse variety, reclaimed from Joe Ginet’s extended family in France.
“That’s a perfect pairing: beef with wine,” says Suzi Ginet.
The flavor of Plaisance beef, says Ginet, owes as much to terroir as its wines do, a
fact that she and husband Joe little realized when trading their dairy herd for beef
cattle about a decade ago.
“People kept telling me ‘I don’t like grass-fed beef,’ ” says Ginet. “We were just lucky.”

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Fortunately, the Ginets had never plowed one of their pastures, resplendent in
native grasses. Plaisance also produces particularly-sweet hay, they say. Priced from
$6 to $19 per pound, the full spectrum of beef cuts, as well as hot dogs and jerky,
are available at the Williams Farmers Market and Grants Pass Growers Market.
“People know that it is local, and it is fresh, and they’re welcome to come out and
see the cows,” says Suzi Ginet.
“Local has become way more important than it used to be,” says Joe Ginet. “It’s
almost equal to organic and grass-fed.”
Beyond the organic pedigree, locally grown and produced foods retain more
nutrients in the short trip to farmers markets, says Lyon, compared with grocerystore counterparts that travel hundreds or thousands of miles after harvest.
Bypassing days or weeks in storage, farmers-market produce stays fresher longer
after purchase, making it a better value, says Lyon.
“It makes you feel good about spending the money.”
Customers feel even better about buying Lyon’s salads, soups, quiches, potpies
and other to-go dishes when they know she selected ingredients at farmers markets.
The chef intentionally sets up her Farm Kitchen stall next to the booth for Central
Point’s historical Hanley Farm, where Lyon not only sources seasonal vegetables but
also hosts special events, including winemaker dinners.
“It’s amazing to have that close connection,” she says. “A wine culture and a food
culture need to feed off of each other.”

F

by PAULA BANDY

or many of us living in Southern Oregon, we have always known the
area was destined for great things. The natural beauty of the landscape,
the spirit of place and solidarity of community are the heart of our quality
of life. It is what brings people here and keeps most from leaving. And
until recently, it was a bit of a secret. But all that is about to change! In wine
language, Southern Oregon is in bud break.
People have long sought-out pears and apples and artisan foods from
this area without the awareness of where 'this area' really is. Cultural arts
and theater have flourished, historic preservation thrived, and wellness
lifestyle endured. We've got it all and now adding to the blend, Oregon
Wine Experience (OWE) and Asante Foundation are opening the door to
Oregon's newest destination wine event. The fruit is on the vine.
In 2002, the World of Wine Festival (WOW) was founded by three
local vintners, Cal Schmidt of Schmidt Family Vineyards, Lee Mankin of
Carpenter Hill Vineyard, and Joe Ginet of Plaisance Ranch, as a celebration
of the local wine industry. From the beginning, the festival has been a
community partnership of wineries and vineyards, Rogue Valley Growers,
Southern Oregon Winery Association, various Southern Oregon Wine
Trails and a 100% volunteer event. In 2005, a wine competition was started.
WOW became Southern Oregon's largest wine tasting event as participants
and attendees increased each year. The seeds were planted for possibilities
and continued growth.
Asante Foundation took the reins in 2014 to provide a local fundraising
event. As the region's premier wine tasting event and competition, many
events sold-out. There were 1,140 total attendees, 700 for the Grand Tasting
alone, the festival brought in almost $300,000 that directly benefited
Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and other healthcare programs
supported by Asante Foundation.
This year is expected to be even more extraordinary!
As Oregon's newest wine destination, Southern Oregon and OWE
offer a pilgrimage of the senses like nothing here before. Talks, tastings
and sensory classes, intimate vintner dinners, the wine competition and
auctions, all make-up the experience that is Southern Oregon wine.
Ancient traditions blend in the Miracle Auction and Salmon Bake.
Destined to be the gourmet outdoor buffet of the season, with music and
dancing under starlit skies, the heart of this evening is in sharing the bounty
of the land and waters through community.
The wine competition offers healthy community competition for local
vintners, as well. Many Southern Oregon wines have received numerous
accolades and awards from a variety of regional, national and international
competitions. Oregon Wine Experience rounds-out the event with their
own wine competition featuring wine industry-renowned tasters and
experts judging this area's finest varietals and blends. The possibilities of
taste and sensory experience are endless.
The Vintner Dinners and Grand Tasting offer opportunities to get
up-close and personal with some of the local winemakers and growers.
Vibrancy and laughter will prevail, along with stories and memories that
will stay with you for a very long time to come.
Oregon Wine Experience—the event of the season... a celebration in the
giving of life, the delights of the senses and a pillar in community strength.
Destiny is at our door...come share the experience that is Southern Oregon.
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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 18 unique wineries producing a diverse array of
outstanding wines.

Plan your trip @

www.applegatewinetrail.com

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SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS was
established by Cal and Judy Schmidt on the
75-acre Bennett Ranch in the Missouri Flat
section of the Applegate Valley. They planted
their vineyard in 2001, and began producing
premium wine in 2004. But that hardly describes
what you’ll find when you visit the estate.
Picture a classical craftsman structure nestled
in sumptuous gardens against magnificent
mountain vistas and you almost have it.

Schmidt Family Vineyards
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9985
sfvineyards.com
Hours: Daily 12-5pm,
Fridays 12-8pm
Varietals:
Albarino
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Roussanne
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Viognier
Zinfandel

To appreciate the beauty that has been created
here, you must visit the tasting room with
its soaring ceiling, parsons chairs and stone
fireplace with a fire on the hearth. The awardwinning wines, even before you taste them,
are beautiful, with their labels featuring
classical botanical illustrations. As delicious
as Schmidt’s hearty reds—Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc,
Pinot Noir and Zinfandel—are, the elegant
whites—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,
Viognier, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Albariño are,
too! But delicious doesn’t stop there. Have a
pizza or calzone from the outdoor oven, or an
antipasto plate. Browse the Mercantile with its
crafts by local artisans. But don’t forget to stroll
the grounds where, if you’re lucky, you might
spy a bride and groom posing for pictures in
the gazebo surrounded by flowers with blue
mountains in the background and infinite
possibility in their eyes.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

SERRA VINEYARDS

Serra Vineyards
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9223
serravineyards.com
Hours: Open Seven Days a Week!
11am-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Tempranillo
Syrah
Viognier

SERRA VINEYARDS winery and 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,
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
and Syrah. The result, as expressed by the array
of Serra Vineyards wines entered into this year’s
Seattle Wine and Food Competition, is a body of
work that must be tasted to be believed! Having
won more awards than the number of wines
entered at the Seattle competition, their 2011
Pinot Noir received a “Best of Class,” as well as a
gold medal. All four of their other wines entered
were also awarded medals.
What more needs to be said? Open 7 days a
week, year-round, Serra Vineyards is a picnic and
pet-friendly destination with stunning views of
the vineyards below and the infinite, surrounding
mountain ranges. Serra Vineyards boasts one of
the most spectacular settings in the Applegate
Valley and one of the nicest patio decks around!
Offering a local artisan marketplace, regular
foodie flights, an instant picnic menu, Serra
Vineyards is a must-see on your Southern Oregon
winery tour!

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

TROON VINEYARD

Wine Tours, Weddings & More!

Let the Jubilee Trolley be your ride on your next adventure! Whether it’s a
wedding or wine tour the Jubilee Trolley offers a fun and engaging
experience you’ll not soon forget. Based in Jacksonville, Oregon we offer
Applegate Wine Trail tours Wednesday through Saturday and are available
for any special event of your choosing. We hope to see you soon!

541.253.1080 info@jubileetrolley.com
Book @ www.JubileeTrolley.com

The Best Places to Stay in
Southern Oregon’s Wine Country
Historic, Downtown Jacksonville:

In Grants Pass on the scenic Rogue River:

Weasku Inn
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Check out our website for wine tasting packages:

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Troon Vineyard
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
541-846-9900
troonvineyard.com
Hours: Open Daily, 11am-5pm
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day
Weekend, 11am-6pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Syrah
Tannat
Tempranillo
Vermentino
Zinfandel

TROON VINEYARD is located in the heart of
the Applegate Valley AVA, the southernmost
appellation in Oregon. Situated halfway
between Grants Pass and Jacksonville, just
off of Highway 238, Troon Vineyard is one
of the Applegate Valley Wine Trail’s most
popular winery destinations, with a beautiful
Mediterranean-style tasting room, covered
stone patio, and grassy picnic area. One of
the first grape growers in Southern Oregon,
and home to the region’s earliest planting
of Zinfandel in 1972, Troon Vineyard now
grows ten additional varietals on over 25
planted acres: among them are their awardwinning white varietal, Vermentino, and the
less-common red grapes Malbec and Tannat,
along with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and
Tempranillo. Troon Vineyard also produces
several unique blends, including Oregon’s
most-popular red wine blend, Druid’s Fluid.
Treat yourself to Troon Vineyard, where there’s
always plenty to discover at one of Southern
Oregon’s most-acclaimed wineries.

APPLEGATE VALLEY

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & CRUSHPAD CREAMERY

WOOLDRIDGE CREEK is a winery, but it’s
also a story about a place, a partnership and a
plan. The place is a tract on Slagle Creek Road
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 wines were born.

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, while kismet, has
stood the test of time. It continues to make
sense and make exceptional vintages. The
original 18-acre vineyard has expanded to
56, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
Viognier, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Malbec, Petit
Verdot and Tempranillo. The two couples are
still two couples, committed to each other and
to the vision that brought them together. And
the plan has succeeded beyond belief. Today
the sustainably-designed winery—gravity
fed to eliminate pumps, built into a hillside
and evaporation cooled to naturally maintain
correct temperatures—consistently produces
exceptional vintages expressive of Wooldridge
Creek’s special place. What’s more, the plan is
still growing. With a taste of fine wine, visitors
can also sample cheeses from Wooldridge
Creek’s new CrushPad Creamery.

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APPLEGATE VALLEY

LONGSWORD VINEYARD

Longsword Vineyard
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-1746
longswordvineyard.com
Hours: Daily 12-5pm
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir

LONGSWORD VINEYARD, with 10 acres
planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 1982,
became the property and abiding interest of
former pharmaceutical research scientist Matt
Sorensen in 1999. Since that time, he’s presided
over all facets of the vineyard and winery,
lovingly seeing each of his vintages from vine
to bottle. Since 2002 the Longsword label has
appeared on non-oaked estate Chardonnay
known under the proprietary name
“Invitation,” distinguished by its crisp mineral
and citrus notes. A semi-sparkling Chardonnay,
“Accolade” was soon added to the repertoire,
and more recently a Longsword Pinot Noir
was introduced under the name “Phrase.” New
wines will also include a semi-sparkling rosé,
whole-berry fermentation Merlot and other
surprises. All Longsword wines are available
exclusively at their tasting room nestled in the
Applegate Valley.
Come sit as long as you like in the tasting room
or on the patio—a picture-postcard site shaded
by yellow and white umbrellas with views of the
vineyard and hang gliders drifting down from
Woodrat Mountain. Lingering is encouraged.
While you relax, you might be visited by the
resident Pilgrim geese, the Plymouth Barred Rock
chickens or the Baby Doll Southdown sheep. You
might even catch a glimpse of Matt tending vines
or mending fences.

RED LILY VINEYARDS

RED LILY VINEYARDS is a boutique, familyowned winery located in the Applegate Valley
specializing in classic Spanish wines, including
Tempranillo and Verdejo.
The winery and tasting room are located
in a picturesque setting on the banks of the
Applegate River that includes an amazing
riverside beach­—a great place to pass the
afternoon and the site of Red Lily’s annual
summer concert series. The tasting room
features an adjacent, historic 80-year-old pole
barn, the perfect place to relax with a glass of
wine and enjoy tempting seasonal food options
including soups, salads, sandwiches and
antipasti platters.

Red Lily Vineyards
11777 Hwy. 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-846-6800
redlilyvineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm
"Music on the Beach" summer
concert series every Thursday night
from 6-8 pm.
Varietals:
Albarino
Graciano
Grenache
Tempranillo
Verdejo
Dessert Wines

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Red Lily is named for Bolander’s Lily, a rare
species of red lily growing in the nearby
Siskiyou Mountains, and for owners Les &
Rachael Martin’s daughter, Lily. The property
includes three Estate Vineyards: Thompson
Creek Vineyard—aptly located on Thompson
Creek, Bean Patch Vineyard—named for the
fact that the original owners of the property
grew bush beans on the site, and Stargazer
Vineyard—named because the elevated knoll in
the center of the vineyard is a perfect place for
nighttime stargazing!

Slagle Creek Vineyards at
Longsword Vineyard Tasting Room
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-1746
slaglecreek.com
Hours: Daily 12-5pm
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Gewürztraminer
Merlot
Port-style dessert wine
Syrah
Tempranillo
& Tempranillo/Cabernet
Sauvignon Blend

APPLEGATE VALLEY

SLAGLE CREEK VINEYARDS

VALLEY VIEW WINERY

SLAGLE CREEK VINEYARDS owner Bob
Denman has produced top-quality, low-yield
Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah for thirtyfive years, hand-tending one of the highestelevation winegrowing sites in the Applegate
Valley. On a southwest-facing slope of stony
loam that experiences warm days and cool
nights, Denman’s old vine grapes develop
intense varietal character sought-after by
winemakers for their premium vintages.

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
& Ann Wisnovsky and family in the Applegate
Valley and bonded in 1978. From estate vines
planted in 1972, Wisnovsky made Bordeaux
varietals up until his death in 1980 when Valley
View operations were passed on to his sons.

In 2001 Denman established the Slagle Creek
label, a brand that consistently earns top honors
at regional and international competitions
such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine
Competition, and the Newport Seafood and
Wine Festival.

The nearly 40-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, making him one of the longestterm winemakers in Oregon. Wines offered at
the Applegate Valley Wine Pavilion in Ruch
include Rogue Valley red and white blends, as
well as Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling, Syrah,
Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc and several dessert wines
bottled under the premium Anna Maria label.
Valley View’s Rogue Red is the best-selling red
wine blend.

Though his wines have retailed at outlets
all over Southern Oregon for years, only
recently have they had a winery tasting venue.
Slagle Creek Merlot, Tempranillo, Syrah,
Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Port-style
dessert wine, and a Tempranillo/Cabernet
Sauvignon blend are currently offered for
tasting at Longsword Vineyard in the heart
of the Applegate Valley. And, in late-breaking
news, a 2014 Zinfandel has been added to the
Slagle Creek line-up. Made with fruit from
30-year-old vines and set for release around
August 2016, this is a vintage that wine
aficionados looking for the best the Applegate
has to offer will want not want to miss.

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

Special events sponsored by Valley View
include white water rafting trips, the Hearts &
Vines charity auction, gourmet wine dinners
at Jacksonville Inn, and demonstrations of art
glass crafting at the winery.

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BELLE FIORE WINERY

Hours:
Wednesday, Noon-8pm
Thursday-Saturday, Noon-9pm
Sunday, 11am-8:00pm

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.
Once visitors get over the sheer magnificence
of it, they will also discover an amazing
selection of wines made to the exacting
standards of Kathe Kaigas. Kaigas came to
Belle Fiore by way of New Zealand and Napa
and presided over the winery’s first crush in
2012. She currently makes about 6,000 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,
Verdeho, Fiano, and Caprettone.
In addition to wines of exceptional quality,
Belle Fiore offers art exhibits, live musical
events, tapas and full meals. 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 must be seen to be believed and
even then you may not believe it.

Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
541-482-3377
edenvalleyorchards.com
Hours:
Sunday-Wednesday, Noon-7pm
Thursday-Saturday, Noon-9pm
Mondays, Industry Tastings,
Noon-7pm–Locals working in
the wine industry, food service,
or hospitality industry are invited
for FREE wine tasting all day on
Mondays. Enoteca offers a select
Industry Flight for locals to learn
more about locally-made wine
and the region's winemaking
practices.
Growler Wednesday, 20% off
growler fills
Thursdays Ladies' Night, 5-9pm–
Enjoy a select glass of a Reserve
wine from EdenVale for just $5/
glass and free appetizers from
5-9pm every Thursday.

ENOTECA in Italian translates to “wine
library,” but what it really means is “fun.” This
cozy space tucked next to the Masonic Walkway
on Ashland’s Plaza is a great space to taste
a wide range of wines by EdenVale Winery.
Even more appealing is the warm, casual
atmosphere—a perfect setting in which to pair
fine wine and friendly conversation either in
the downstairs wine bar or upstairs amongst
the intimate groupings of comfortable leather
chairs. Enoteca offers a menu of tapas-style
food plates to make your wine selection even
more enjoyable. And if you want an expert
opinion on the right food pairing to go with a
most-interesting wine choice, the friendly staff
will be happy to offer you a sip and discuss
your options. Enoteca is a great resource for
local food products, a quick bite, maps to other
regional wineries and most of all, a great place
to meet, chat, and taste. Enoteca also offers a
sample of the local art scene as one of many
galleries in the Ashland Gallery Association—
the walls are hung with a changing array of
work by local artists. Winding-down need not
be boring! Bring a date or a group, have a tête
à tête or a rehearsal dinner. The great staff at
Enoteca will make it fun.

Fridays Live Music, 7-9pm–Join
us every Friday evening for live
music from great local musicians
for no cover. See this month's
musical line-up on the Enoteca
Events page or by checking out
our Calendar.

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ROGUE VALLEY

Belle Fiore Winery
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520
541-552-4900
bellefiorewine.com

ENOTECA WINE TASTING & BISTRO

ROGUE VALLEY

GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY

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 April,
Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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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. Established by
Al and Virginia Silbowitz in 1998, the list of
Grizzly Peak vintages available for sampling
now includes Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier,
Chardonnay and several blends. Their 2013
Viognier won a silver medal at this year’s San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and
both 2013 Viognier and Pinot Gris took silver
at Savor Northwest. Most recently, four awards
earned at the Oregon Wine Competition
included Double Golds for their 2012 Cab
Franc and 2012 Rogue Rouge, and Gold for
their 2012 Tempranillo and 2012 Syrah.
Daughter Naomi Fuerte, as friendly as she
is wine-savvy, presides in the tasting room,
with a vine-arbored patio, perfect for visiting
and sipping wines with friends. Take time to
stroll the lovely expanses of lawn bordered
by magnificent oak trees, perfect sites for
weddings and private parties and the many
concerts and cultural events hosted from June
through September. Whether you choose to
plan the perfect trip to the altar or just throwdown a picnic, Grizzly Peak is the right spot
with the right wines.

ROGUE VALLEY
CENTRAL POINT
Ledger David Cellars / Pg 27
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502

ROGUE VALLEY MAP

MEDFORD
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery / Pg 27
2335 N Phoenix Road
Medford OR 97504
EdenVale Winery / Pg 28
2310 Voorhies Road
Medford OR 97501
RoxyAnn Winery / Pg 28
3285 Hillcrest Road
Medford OR 97504

Jacksonville

See page 23 for detailed map
of Jacksonville

TALENT
Paschal Winery & Vineyard / Pg 29
1122 Suncrest Road
Talent OR 97540
StoneRiver Vineyard / Pg 29
2178 Pioneer Road
Talent OR 97540

ASHLAND
Belle Fiore Winery / Pg 19
100 Belle Fiore Lane
Ashland OR 97520
Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro / Pg 19
17 North Main Street
Ashland OR 97520
Grizzly Peak Winery / Pg 20
1600 E Nevada Street
Ashland OR 97520
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APPLEGATE VALLEY MAP

APPLEGATE VALLEY

GRANTS PASS SIDE
Schmidt Family Vineyards / Pg 13
330 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Serra Vineyards / Pg 13
222 Missouri Flat Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Troon Vineyard / Pg 14
1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass OR 97527
Wooldridge Creek Winery
& CrushPad Creamery / Pg 15
818 Slagle Creek Road
Grants Pass OR 97527

JACKSONVILLE SIDE
Longsword Vineyard / Pg 16
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Red Lily Vineyards / Pg 16
11777 Hwy. 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
Slagle Creek Vineyards / Pg 17
8555 Hwy 238
Jacksonville OR 97530
(at Longsword Vineyard Tasting Room)
Valley View Winery / Pg 17
1000 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville OR 97530
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Winery & Pairings Directory
Applegate Valley
Schmidt Family Vineyards.................................... Grants Pass................................. Winery................................... Pg 13
Serra Vineyards.................................................... Grants Pass................................. Winery................................... Pg 13
Troon Vineyard..................................................... Grants Pass................................. Winery................................... Pg 14
Wooldridge Creek Winery & CrushPad Creamery.. Grants Pass................................. Winery/Creamery................... Pg 15
Longsword Vineyard............................................. Jacksonville................................ Winery................................... Pg 16
Red Lily Vineyards................................................ Jacksonville................................ Winery................................... Pg 16
Slagle Creek Vineyards......................................... Jacksonville................................ Winery................................... Pg 17
Valley View Winery............................................... Jacksonville................................ Winery................................... Pg 17
Riverside Inn/Weasku Inn/The Lodge................... Grants Pass................................. Lodging.................................. Pg 14
Jacksonville
Caprice Vineyards................................................. Central Point............................... Winery................................... Pg 31
Daisy Creek Vineyard............................................ Jacksonville................................ Winery................................... Pg 31
DANCIN Vineyards................................................ Jacksonville................................ Winery................................... Pg 32
Quady North........................................................ Jacksonville................................ Wine Tasting Room................. Pg 33
South Stage Cellars.............................................. Jacksonville................................ Wine Tasting Room................. Pg 34
Back Porch Bar & Grill........................................... Jacksonville................................ Restaurant.............................. Pg 33
Gogi's Restaurant................................................. Jacksonville................................ Restaurant.............................. Pg 34
GoodBean Coffee & Cafe....................................... Jacksonville................................ Restaurant.............................. Pg 26
Jacksonville Inn & Restaurant.............................. Jacksonville................................ Restaurant/Lodging............... Pg 30
Schoolhaus Brewhaus.......................................... Jacksonville................................ Restaurant.............................. Pg 32
Country House Inns.............................................. Jacksonville................................ Lodging.................................. Pg 14
Elan Guest Suites.................................................. Jacksonville................................ Lodging.................................. Pg 34
TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast........................... Jacksonville................................ Lodging/B&B.......................... Pg 30
Britt Festivals....................................................... Jacksonville................................ Music Festival......................... Pg 42
Cheesemonger's Wife........................................... Jacksonville................................ Gourmet Foods....................... Pg 32
Jacksonville Company.......................................... Jacksonville................................ Women's Clothing & Shoes..... Pg 30
Jacksonville Mercantile........................................ Jacksonville................................ Gourmet Specialties............... Pg 35
Pot Rack............................................................... Jacksonville................................ Fine Kitchenware.................... Pg 33
Rogue Valley
Belle Fiore Winery................................................ Ashland...................................... Winery................................... Pg 19
Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro.............................. Ashland...................................... Wine Tasting Room................. Pg 19
Grizzly Peak Winery.............................................. Ashland...................................... Winery................................... Pg 20
Lark's................................................................... Ashland & Medford.................... Restaurant.............................. Pg 20
Peerless Hotel, Restaurant & Bar.......................... Ashland...................................... Restaurant/Lodging............... Pg 24
The Iris Inn........................................................... Ashland...................................... Lodging/B&B.......................... Pg 24
Dagoba Organic Chocolate................................... Ashland...................................... Chocolate Tasting Room......... Pg 20
Ledger David Cellars............................................. Central Point............................... Wine Tasting Room................. Pg 27
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery.................................... Medford..................................... Winery................................... Pg 27
EdenVale Winery.................................................. Medford..................................... Winery................................... Pg 28
RoxyAnn Winery.................................................. Medford..................................... Winery................................... Pg 28
Bambu Restaurant............................................... Medford..................................... Restaurant.............................. Pg 26
GoodBean Coffee & Cafe....................................... Medford..................................... Restaurant.............................. Pg 26
Penny & Lulu Studio Florist.................................. Medford..................................... Florist..................................... Pg 26
Southern Oregon Subaru...................................... Medford..................................... Subaru Dealer & Service......... Pg 35
Paschal Winery & Vineyard................................... Talent......................................... Winery................................... Pg 29
StoneRiver Vineyard............................................. Talent......................................... Winery................................... Pg 29
Umpqua Valley
Abacela Winery.................................................... Roseburg.................................... Winery................................... Pg 40
Brandborg Wines.................................................. Elkton......................................... Winery................................... Pg 40
Upper Rogue
Agate Ridge Vineyard........................................... Eagle Point................................. Winery................................... Pg 36
Del Rio Vineyards................................................. Gold Hill..................................... Winery................................... Pg 36
Kriselle Cellars...................................................... White City.................................. Winery................................... Pg 37
Real Estate
Applegate Valley Realty/David Jesser................... Jacksonville................................ Real Estate.............................. Pg 35
Expert Properties................................................. Jacksonville................................ Real Estate.............................. Pg 43
Coldwell Banker/Tinsley & Glass.......................... Medford..................................... Real Estate.............................. Pg 37
Innsbruck Ridge/Sarich Construction Inc.............. Medford..................................... Real Estate.............................. Pg 41
Winery Tours
Jubilee Trolley...................................................... Southern Oregon........................ Tour........................................ Pg 14
Winehopper Tours................................................ Southern Oregon........................ Tour........................................ Pg 41
HOTEL, RESTAURANT & BAR

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Wine Terms Glossary
AVA–American Viticultural Area defines a
winegrowing region.
Acidity–In winemaking, ‘acidity’ refers to sour
or tart flavors, in-balance or out of balance
with sweet and bitter components of a wine.
Appellation–The name given to a
geographically-determined wine region.
Aroma–Describes 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.
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 a system used in the
United States to measure the sugar content
of grapes and wine.
Clarity–Describes how clear wine is…when
ready to drink, wine should be clear.
Cork Taint–A broad term referring to a set of
undesirable smells or tastes found in a bottle
of wine, especially spoilage that can only be
detected after bottling, aging and opening.
Decanting–Taking wine from one container
and placing it in another to introduce more
oxygen to the wine, changing the chemical
structure and releasing its aromas and flavors.
Enophile–A term for one who appreciates
and enjoys wine, usually a connoisseur.

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
mean a 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.
New World–Wines produced outside the
traditional growing regions of Europe
including, Australia, New Zealand, Africa
and North and South America. Wines are
generally descried as having a more “fruitforward” style.
Nose–Describes aromas that a wine gives-off.
Old World–Wine regions within Europe,
most-notably in France, Italy, Spain and
Germany, made with a focus on “earthforward” flavors.
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
eat-up the sugars present, leaving small, dark
granules, that are completely harmless.
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 in order to release more
aromas and flavors during sensory analysis.
Tannins–Complex compounds within the
grape skins, stems and seeds that result in an
astringent, puckering effect in the mouth.

Finish–How a wine is perceived and the
sensations it delivers after swallowing.

Terroir–A French word for the sum of
environmental factors that influence a
given vineyard site including amount of
sunshine, soil type, altitude, amount of
rain, fog, and wind.

Flight–Describes a sampling of wines, usually
from 3-8 smaller glasses, tasted to compare.

Varietal–The variety of a grape such as Pinot
Noir, Tempranillo or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Horizontal Flight Tasting– Tasting of
several wines from different wineries
within the same vintage, to see how each is
expressed differently.

Vertical Flight Tasting–A tasting of
multiple vintages of the same wine from
the same winery to show the variations in
each vintage.

Late Harvest Wine–A wine made from
grapes picked later in the harvest that
become “raisined,” thus concentrating the
sugars, resulting in a higher sugar content
and thus higher alcohol content.

Vintage–The year in-which the grapes were
grown and made into wine.

Fermentation– The process by which grape
juice is turned into wine.

Tasting Notes

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Photos © David Gibb

LEDGER DAVID CELLARS

Hours:
April-August, Daily, Noon-5pm
September-March,
Thursday-Monday, Noon-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
Malbec
Malvasia Bianca
Petit Verdot
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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 at 2015 San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

2HAWK is Ross and Jennifer Allen’s first foray
into the winery business. For Ross it’s all about
managing a vineyard to produce the finest
premium wine grapes by applying all that he’s
learned about sustainable growing practices
over a 30-year agricultural career. For Jennifer,
previously an office management specialist, it’s
the opportunity to attract a return clientele to a
lovely estate tasting room, making each visit so
enjoyable it demands an encore.

According to Ledger David winemaker Kiley
Evans, the awards validate a focus on both
varietals and blends. “Ledger David’s first
Tempranillo blend, 2011 Dark Night, the first
Syrah-based blend, 2012 Epitome of Three,
and the flagship Cabernet Franc-based blend,
2011 Orion’s Nebula, all brought home some
hardware.”
That such a young winery succeeded so
brilliantly at this prestigious competition,
with over 6,400 entries, speaks to the
quality of the estate fruit as well as the
winemaking. 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. In the
supremely-capable hands of winemaker Kiley
Evans, the awards will keep on coming.
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.

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery
2335 N Phoenix Road
Medford OR 97504
541-779-WINE
2hawkwinery.com
Hours:
Monday & Tuesday, Closed
Wednesday & Thursday, 2-8pm
Friday & Saturday, 2-10pm
Sunday, 2-8pm

Since acquiring 2Hawk in 2014, the Allens
have re-energized the brand, collaborating
with winemaker Linda Donovan of Pallet Wine
Company to produce 2Hawk’s estate Tempranillo
and Viognier. Locally-sourced wines including
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Riesling,
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and others, are
also custom-made for the 2Hawk label.
What remains highly recognizable about
2Hawk from its first opening in 2012, is the
extraordinary tasting room. It features reclaimed
lumber from as far away as Pennsylvania and
as near as Medford, and river stone unearthed
when the vineyard was planted. 2Hawk is an
unforgettable place to enjoy small plates and
weekly live music performances as you try some
fine Rogue Valley wines.

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Tempranillo
Viognier

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ROGUE VALLEY

Ledger David Cellars
245 N Front Street
Central Point OR 97502
541-664-2218
ledgerdavid.com

2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY

EDENVALE WINERY

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

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ROXYANN WINERY

The EDENVALE WINERY facility and visitor
center is located on property widely-recognized
as the birthplace of Oregon’s commercial pear
industry at Eden Valley Orchards which began
in 1885 by Joseph H. Stewart. Amidst this
significant historic setting surrounded by pear
orchards and the historic Voorhies Mansion, the
EdenVale family winery now concentrates on
making premium wines specializing in Syrah,
Viognier, Malbec, Cab Franc, Tempranillo,
Grenache, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the
same passion and great care that has always been
an important family tradition.
EdenVale Winery is located on some of the
oldest agricultural property in the Rogue
Valley. Now a signature wine and hospitality/
events center, the entire property is listed on
the National Register of Historic Places and has
been a hallmark of agricultural innovation and
graciousness since its pioneer beginnings in the
Rogue River Valley, Southern Oregon.
The tradition continues—Eden Valley Orchards
is a unique destination facility for wine lovers,
history buffs, and a whole new generation of
guests and visitors. Eden Valley Orchards is
an example of the old and new in synergistic
blend. Revitalizing pear-producing land for
vineyards and refocusing on premium wine
production, the business is committed to
sustainable agriculture, historic preservation,
and agricultural education in the heart of
Southern Oregon’s wine country.

SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SUMMER 2015

ROXYANN WINERY is located on the historic
East Medford property known as Hillcrest
Orchard. 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 south-facing 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
3285 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
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

Today the RoxyAnn estate vineyard runs to 70
acres from which the winery produces 15,000
cases of award-winning Claret, Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo,
Viognier, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and
Chardonnay. Visitors will enjoy the warm,
old-fashioned atmosphere of the tasting room
featuring premium estate wines. The quaint
setting notwithstanding, RoxyAnn Winery
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.

PASCHAL WINERY & VINEYARD

Hours:
Daily, Noon-6pm
Wednesday & Friday, Noon-8pm
Varietals:
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Viognier
Blends

Roy Paschal, a man with big dreams and
determination to make them come true, started
PASCHAL WINERY & VINEYARD in 1990.
With a sharp business sense and a deep love
for farming, Roy still jokingly calls himself an
absentee owner who didn’t know how to spell
“wine!” Notwithstanding, the 22-acre estate just
south of Medford has become an established
favorite among Rogue Valley wine enthusiasts,
especially those who pass-by the vineyard while
riding their bikes in the beautiful surrounding
pear country.
After a brief change of ownership in 2009, the
Paschal family reclaimed the estate and winery
and now again offers award-winning wines like
Viognier, Pinot Gris, an array of Pinot Noirs
and a variety of blends including a new local
favorite, “Sisters Dream.” You can enjoy wine
tasting or wine by the glass along with Paschal’s
famous food platters and truly-magnificent
views of the vineyards, Cascade foothills and
miles of pear orchards.
Not-to-be missed are their “Cork’n’Fork
Dinners” on Wednesday evenings, (with menus
catered by local restaurants and live music)
Sunday Happy Hours, and a number of concerts.
Paschal hosts art openings, wine and food
pairings, fundraisers and private gatherings.

StoneRiver Vineyard
2178 Pioneer Road
Talent OR 97540
541-535-4661
stonerivervineyard.com

The owners and the winemaker are usually
behind the bar, or working in the vineyards and
always welcome guests with open arms with
their signature European hospitality.

Hours:
Wednesday-Monday, Noon-6pm
Closed Tuesday

STONERIVER VINEYARD and tasting room is
easy to get to and is a place you’ll instantly fall in
love with. The tasting room and vineyards are set
in a gorgeous country setting just minutes from
Ashland and Medford in the foothills west of I-5.
Less than 3 miles from the Talent and Phoenix
exits (21 & 24), the tasting room is housed in
a converted old, wood barn which for most of
the last century, was used as a country store for
Pioneer Orchards, well-known locally for its
outstanding peaches, apples and cherries. If you
are visiting for the first time, you’ll be pleasantly
surprised at how warm and comfy an old barn
can be. Owner Virginia Lange has done a superb
job of creating a tasting room that fits her belief
that the tasting environment is as important to
the tasting experience as the outstanding wines
they produce. To add to this special experience,
Virginia has included a juke box loaded with 50’s
and 60’s favorites, a regulation-size shuffleboard,
and even a player piano. Stoneriver has 35
acres planted to 13 varietals. Wines currently
available include: Syrah, Merlot, Rose, Pinot
Gris, Chardonnay, and Viognier with three new
selections coming this summer!

Varietals:
Chardonnay
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Rose
Syrah
Viognier

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ROGUE VALLEY

Paschal Winery & Vineyard
1122 Suncrest Road
Talent OR 97540
541-535-7957
​paschalwinery.com

STONERIVER VINEYARD

Happiness is a
well-stocked
WINE cellar
and a closet
full of
SHOES!

Jacksonville Company
Where style meets elegance.

155 West California Street • Jacksonville
www.jacksonvillecompany.com
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CAPRICE VINEYARDS

Caprice Vineyards
970 Old Stage Road
Central Point OR 97502
541-499-0449
capricevineyards.com

Summer Music Series, May-Sept:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Gewurztraminer
Viognier

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 happened
to include a 6.5 acre vineyard. The Davidians
decided to make wine and established the
Caprice label with a 2006 bottling of Cabernet
Sauvignon. Over the years, the Caprice wine
list has expanded to include Chardonnay,
Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Claret along
with Cabernet Sauvignon, all made in small
quantities, with special attention to the
character of estate fruit produced by vines
nearly thirty years-old.
Inside the tasting room at the cozy bar or outside
on the patio, visitors may enjoy Caprice wines
accompanied by appetizer plates of assorted
meats, cheeses, olives and crackers. You’ll also
want to browse the tasting room boutique
featuring a selection of unique and beautiful
alpaca sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and handspun yarns. Caprice offers fiber arts classes and
displays of spinning, weaving, knitting and felting
as well as a summer live music series—see the
website for event details. And of course, animal
lovers will want to visit the alpacas.

Daisy Creek Vineyard
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-8329
daisycreekwine.com
Hours: May-October,
Thursday-Sunday, Noon-5pm
Varietals:
Malbec
Marsanne
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Riesling
Roussanne
Syrah
Viognier

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’re
growing turned-out to be good—really good.
Today the vineyard occupies over half of
the property and produces eight wine grape
varietals. The Daisy Creek label is well-known
for its exceptional quality. Virtually all of the
single vintage varietals currently offered for
tasting at the vineyard have won medals at
prestigious competitions including the San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition,
Sunriver Sunfest, Savor Northwest, Greatest
of the Grape and Southern Oregon’s World of
Wine Festival.
The Lyons are delighted to offer visitors a
tasting and might even point-out the location
of the remains of a 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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JACKSONVILLE

Hours:
Thursday-Monday, Noon-5pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

DAISY CREEK VINEYARD

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

Belle Pente Winemaker

The perfect end to a day
in the Applegate Valley
JACKSONVILLE

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

DANCIN Vineyards
4477 South Stage Road
Medford OR 97501
541-245-1133
dancinvineyards.com
Hours:
Thursday-Sunday, Noon-8pm

“Cool People Eat Cheese”
Specialty Cheese
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European Style Sandwiches
Italian Gelato
150 S. Oregon Street, Jacksonville, OR
541.702.2300

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Varietals:
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Syrah

DANCIN VINEYARDS is approached by
way of a long, gently-descending drive with
a view of the Italianate Tasting Room and
Marketplace, the pergola-shaded wine cave
and the garden-ringed koi pond, a feast for
the eyes. Upon leaving your car, inhale the
fragrance of grapevines as you walk along the
rows. And then, best of all, take a seat on the
patio and discover the real treasure of DANCIN
Vineyards, the magnificent Pinot Noir. Enjoy
an order of stuffed mushrooms or a handcrafted
artisan pizza and you’ll appreciate why
DANCIN has become the jewel of the Rogue
Valley. Owners Dan and Cindy Marca take only
one thing more seriously than hospitality—
growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes of
exceptional quality and making premium wine
that expresses the terroir of their special site
while hewing to the grape’s essential varietal
character. Their DANCIN 2012 Trata Pinot
Noir was among only 70 Pinots produced
world-wide selected to be poured at the mostrecent International Pinot Noir Celebration
(IPNC) held annually in McMinnville. The
same vintage was distinguished by Wine
Enthusiast as a Cellar Selection with a rating of
94. Bottom line: it’s the greatness of the grape
that makes DANCIN a place and a wine not
to-be-missed.

QUADY NORTH

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.

Summer Hours:
Thursday-Monday,11am-7pm
Winter Hours:
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
Marsanne
Merlot
Muscat
Port
Rousanne
Syrah
Viognier

JACKSONVILLE

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

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.”

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SOUTH STAGE CELLARS

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SOUTH STAGE CELLARS is the premium
label of Quail Run Vineyards, the largest wine
grape grower in Southern Oregon and source of
fruit for more than a dozen different wineries
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South Stage Cellars
125 South Third Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
541-899-9120
southstagecellars.com

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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Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sun,
1-7pm / Wed, Fri & Sat, 1-8pm

Gogi’s

Restaurant

235 W Main Street, Jacksonville
www.gogisrestaurant.com

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Varietals:
Albariño
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmenere
Chardonnay
Dolcetto
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Petite Syrah
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier

South Stage Cellars wines run the gamut of
the 28 varietals produced by Quail Run. The
tasting room, a charming brick building dating
from 1865 located in the heart of Jacksonville,
currently offers Pinot Noir, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere,
Malbec, Merlot, Grenache, Petite Syrah,
Albariño, Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon
Blanc, Viognier, and two wines that won gold
medals in the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle
International Wine competition, 2012 Dolcetto
and 2013 Riesling. Added to that dazzling array
of estate wines are many other labels from some
of Oregon’s finest wineries, all wines made
exclusively from Quail Run fruit.
Check-out a delicious appetizer menu or
come in for live music featured on Wine ‘n’
Dine Wednesday, Sip ‘n’ Supper Friday or with
Saturday’s wine and cheese pairings. Any day
is a good time to simply relax in the tasting
room garden with an exquisite vintage of your
choice. Whatever your pleasure, you will find the
tasting room staff warm and well-informed, the
ambiance informal and the wines incomparable.

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AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD

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 a 126-acre parcel
parallel to the Agate Desert, the Kinderman
family carefully selected a southern-facing slope
of 30 acres to plant their 17-varietal vineyard.

Agate Ridge Vineyard
1098 Nick Young Road
Eagle Point OR 97524
541-830-3050
agateridgevineyard.com
Summer Hours:
Open daily, 12pm-6pm
April thru October
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir
Primitivo
Syrah

Taking pride in producing exclusively-estate
wine, 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. These wines highlight the
diversity that can only be found here in the
Rogue Valley. In addition to notable varietals
such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot
Noir, Petite Syrah and Syrah, Agate Ridge
Vineyard also cultivates some of the finest
examples of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc,
Primitivo and Viognier in Oregon.
Visiting the 105-year old farmhouse Tasting
Room is an easy drive from Medford en-route
to Crater Lake, just off Highway 62 in Eagle
Point. Savor these impressive wines while
enjoying exquisite views of the Table Rocks
and Mount McLoughlin in the heart of this
gorgeous valley.

Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier

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DEL RIO VINEYARDS

Del Rio Vineyards
52 N River Road
Gold Hill OR 97525
541-855-2062
delriovineyards.com
Hours:
Daily, 11am-6pm
Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Claret
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Viognier

DEL RIO VINEYARDS embodies both the
past and the future with its deep historical
roots and innovative viticulture and enology.
The estate, now comprised of one of the largest
winemaking operations in the Rogue Valley,
was a payment to the original landowner for his
service in the Rogue Indian Wars. The tasting
room, built in 1864, was once the Rock Point
Stage Hotel. The barn, sporting the Del Rio
name and winemaking facility, began as the
fruit packinghouse of Del Rio Orchards.
Similarly, the vintages of Del Rio reflect
the time-honored traditions of Old-World
winemaking blended with New-World
innovation by winemaker Jean-Michel
Jussiaume, originally from Domaine de
Guérande, in France’s Loire Valley. Jean-Michel
is intensely interested in discovering the unique
terroir of the estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Claret, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat,
Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier
expertly grown by 4th-generation farmer Rob
Wallace. Excellence in the vineyard and in the
winery has been recognized by Wine Spectator
with a rating of 90 points for Del Rio’s 2009,
2010 & 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. A summer
concert series staged on the estate is an added
bonus visitors won’t want to miss.

KRISELLE CELLARS

Vineyard Lifestyle

KRISELLE CELLARS is all about inspiration.
The 30-acre vineyard is sited just outside of
town on a south-facing slope of the Buxton
Ranch between the Upper Table Rock Plateau
and the Rogue River. The land is of low vigor
alluvial soils studded with round river stones
that inspired the label, with its embossed silver
wine bottle emerging from the soil.

61 acres total, 15 acres of vineyard w/ irrigation rights | $1,400,000

Kathy Tinsley
541-601-5287

At Kriselle Cellars estate winery, owner and
winemaker Scott Steingraber produces awardwinning Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo,
Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet
Franc, Viognier and wine blends in a style
inspired by the vineyard’s intensely-flavored Kathy Tinsley Wine Ad.indd
fruit with its abundant character and quality.

Kriselle Cellars
12956 Modoc Road
White City OR 97503
541-830-VINO (8466)
krisellecellars.com

Start your weekend early on
Thursdays–Great wine, great
food, live music and extended
hours until 7:30pm!
Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Tempranillo
Sangiovese
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier

Broker

541-944-0511

502 W Main St, Ste 101, Medford, OR 97501
Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

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You can share in the inspiration. Make the trek
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The tasting room crowning the hill overlooking
the vineyard takes its inspiration from grand
lodge-style construction, with a soaring
roofline, windows on all sides affording
breathtaking views, a great room fireplace and
guest-friendly amenities that make for comfort
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ABOUT US
Here in the Umpqua Valley, we celebrate the pioneering spirit of
our family owners, tranquil beauty of our region and abundant
recreation available for all to enjoy. Founded in 1984, we are proud
to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of our winegrowing region.
Our winegrowing history dates back to the 1880’s when German
immigrants planted the first wine grape vineyard in the Valley. Today, we are home to 24 wineries — 22 of which are family-owned
and operated, over 40 different wine varieties, and the start of
many treasured memories you’ll create while exploring our region.
VISIT US
From wine tours and dining to hiking trails, quaint B&B’s, and state
attractions such as Crater Lake and Wildlife Safari, there is something for everyone in the Umpqua Valley. Escape to one of Oregon’s warmer climates and enjoy our welcoming hospitality to
discover an experience only the Umpqua Valley can offer. We are
just off I-5 and once you make the exit, you’ll be off the beaten
path in a matter of minutes.
FALL EVENT
Coming Soon! Umpqua...Wine Your Way (Self Guided Tour)
Enjoy visiting the participating wineries of the Umpqua Valley for
the first annual self drive tour. Meet the winemakers, taste several of
their wines paired with appetizers. View the beauty of the Umpqua
Valley when the vines are full and ripe with lush grapes ready for
fall harvest. This weekend event and one ticket allows participants
to visit any number of the participating wineries over the two days.
Sept 12 & 13th 11:00am - 5:00pm
Purchase tickets online ONLY beginnning in July $35.00 plus $2.00 Pay
Pal fee. The Designated Driver pays $10.00 for food and a non- alcoholic beverage. For registration go to www.umpquavalleywinieries.org.
Visit us to discover and delight in our variety, natural beauty and
adventure — plan your next getaway to the Umpqua Valley with
our wine tour map.

www.umpquavalleywineries.org

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

2

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

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

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

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

1 Brandborg
2
River’s
Edge

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

3 Bradley

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4 Anindor

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

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Sienna
5 Ridge Estate

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

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7 Triple Oak

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Est. 1971. Enjoy Old-World charm in a fun
atmosphere at one of Oregon’s oldest wineries.
Open daily 11am-5pm girardetwine.com
895 Reston Rd, Roseburg (541) 679-7252

Reustle
10 Prayer Rock
Southern Oregon
Wine Institute

11 Becker

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Delfino 17

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Paul O’Brien

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23

Chateau 18
Nonchalant
20 Abacela

22 Spangler

19 Girardet

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

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21 Freed Estate

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

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

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

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

umpquavalleywineries.org or 541-673-5323

landofumpqua.com
(800) 444-9584

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

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

Cooper
Evensong
Ridge
12 13
HillCrest Melrose
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15 Season
Cellars
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Come visit your family friendly winery.
RV, kids & dogs welcome.
Open daily 11am-5pm henryestate.com
687 Hubbard Creek Rd, Umpqua (800) 782-2686

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7

Henry
Estate

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

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Misty Oaks 8

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

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

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

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6 MarshAnne
Landing

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

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

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

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

Call wineries for hours on major holidays.
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ABACELA WINERY

Abacela Winery
12500 Lookingglass Road
Roseburg OR 97471
541-679-6642
abacela.com
Summer Hours:
Daily, 11am-6pm
Varietals:
Albariño
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Muscat
Port
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

BRANDBORG WINES

The story of ABACELA WINERY reads like a
fairy-tale; Earl and Hilda Jones loved Spain’s
Tempranillo wines so much that in 1992 they
changed careers to take-on the challenge of
crafting an equally-fine American wine.

BRANDBORG is a “must-see” on your winery
tour itinerary if you’re a serious lover of Pinot
Noir. Brandborg is located in Elkton on Highway
38, the most scenic route to the central Oregon
Coast. The maritime climate of Elkton is what
drew Terry and Sue Brandborg to Oregon some
14 years ago, to grow what they call the “Coolest,
Cool Climate Varietals.” Brandborg’s 2012
Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir and
Gewurztraminer both won platinum medals in
Wine Press Northwest’s year-end peer judging of
2014 gold medal wines, making Brandborg its
selection as 2015 Oregon Winery of the Year.

The Jones’ took an entirely different
approach, climate-site matching their beloved
Tempranillo to a theoretically-ideal location
in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley where
Tempranillo had never been planted.
They moved across country and six years later
stunned not only their new neighbors but the
entire wine world by producing America’s first
world-class Tempranillo.
Their trailblazing success with Tempranillo
and several other grape varieties, e.g. Albariño
inspired new plantings and production of these
wines not only across the Pacific Northwest
but throughout America. In 2013, Abacela
was recognized as the Oregon Winery of the
Year and in 2015 the Oregon Wine Industry
awarded the Jones’ its highest honor, the
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Visitors to Abacela’s beautiful Vine & Wine
Center can taste a full-range of their wines
including Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Albariño,
Grenache, Muscat, Viognier and Port in addition
to the famous Tempranillo that started it all.

Brandborg also produces award-winning Pinot
Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc
and Grenache, as well as rose of pinot noir and
white pinot noir. Terry Brandborg, a self-taught
winemaker, had founded his prior brand in 1986
to fulfill a passion for making cool climate whites
and pinot noir.

Brandborg Wines
345 1st Street
Elkton OR 97436
541-584-2870
brandborgwine.com
Summer Hours:
Daily, 11am-5pm

UMPQUA VALLEY

Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Gewurztraminer
Grenache
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc

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In addition to stellar wines, the tasting room
at Brandborg offers visitors musical and social
events, guest-chef dinners, a family-friendly
picnic patio, wood-fired pizza and RV parking.
Call ahead or visit the website for scheduling, or
to request a winery tour.

SOUTHERN OREGON WINERY TOURS

THE WAY WINE COUNTRY SHOULD BE.
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Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon, Britt
stands today as the Pacific Northwest’s oldest outdoor summer performing arts
festival. Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among
majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones.
Summer evenings in Jacksonville wouldn’t be complete without the wonderful
performances at Britt! There’s a unique spirit at Britt when our entire community
comes together to experience our signature mix of handcrafted concerts and
share in a memorable night of music on the Hill.
So, grab your picnic basket, blanket and bottle of wine and come enjoy Britt’s
world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere.

www.brittfest.org • 1-800-882-7488

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Seven days to learn, explore, and indulge in the region’s
abundance of food and wine culture.





oregon wine competition
ultimate vintner dinners
oregon wine university sensory classes
medal celebration & barrel auction
miracle auction & salmon bake
grand tasting

august 17 - 23, 2015
jacksonville, or

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