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6 / TEMPRANILLO TIME 8 / DEEP FAMILY ROOTS
This year’s Oregon Tempranillo Alliance Today, at Girardet, Valley View, Weisinger
drew an overflow crowd for a weekend- and Roxy Ann wineries, the second-
long celebration of Southern Oregon’s generation is focused on the future yet
favorite new wine varietal. determined to honor family tradition.

10 / UPPING THE BARRE 12 / NEW TASTING ROOMS
Creating a new, elegantly-designed series For your tasting pleasure, venture to four
of DANCIN wine labels reflects Dan and newly-opened tasting rooms from Ashland Tasting Room at Schmidt Family Vineyards
Cindy Marca's passion for artistry, design to the Illinois Valley, all offering unique
and excellence in the glass. winery experiences and delectable wines!
CONTENTS / SPRING 2017
From north to south and east to west, discover
our region’s favorite tasting rooms and learn more
about the passionate people behind the labels!

REGIONAL MAPS 14-50 / WINERY DIRECTORY
Rogue Valley..........................16 Rogue Valley..........................14-27
Upper Rogue..........................29 Upper Rogue..........................29-31
Jacksonville............................34 Jacksonville............................33-41
Applegate Valley....................42 Applegate Valley....................42-49
Umpqua Valley.......................50 Umpqua Valley.......................50
Southern Oregon....................50
14 / WINE COUNTRY CHEF 52 / AN INTERN IN ESPAÑA
For Chef Rob Harvey, owner of Ashland’s When wine writer Kevin Breck interned at
iconic Beasy’s on the Creek and Harvey’s a Spanish winery last summer, he learned 54 / A GRAPE'S JOURNEY: DISTRIBUTION
Place restaurants, serving local wines is a all about Tempranillo and even made a If you’re curious about how wine gets out into the retail and restaurant world
cornerstone of his success. few new friends in the process. after it’s been bottled, labeled and boxed-up, we’ve got your answer!

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I think we should all be proud that at this very moment— With so much great news to report, there’s now a
wine lovers around the globe are enjoying wines made right caseload of wine research awaiting you from Ashland to the OFFICE
here in Southern Oregon. And they’re not only drinking Umpqua…so get out there and explore! 220 E California Street
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Enthusiast, Wine Press Northwest, Oregon Wine Press, Sunset one of our new series, Legacy: Deep Roots, it’s an honor to sowinescene.com
and other fine publications, are touting Southern Oregon as a tell the story of several pioneering winery families who facebook/southernoregonwinescene
world-class wine destination. kick-started it all and who are now being led by the next
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commitment to quality by winery owners. Professional As the accolades accumulate, Cheers! to our wine scene—a ABOUT THE COVER: Photographer Jim
wine judges agree, having awarded a record 300+ medals to special place to grow grapes, make fine wine and enjoy the Chamberlain captured father and son,
Southern Oregon wineries at the recent 2017 San Francisco fruits of living between the vines! Marc and Phillipe Girardet, enjoying a
Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of its barrel sample and family time together

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kind in the world. at their Umpqua Valley winery.

OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Retired Naval Officer MJ Daspit moved from San Diego, CA with With a 30-year career in marketing, “Capiche” owner Chris Cook
husband Gary Greksouk to Ashland in 2004, where she began focuses on the region’s growing wine industry. Combining
a second career as a writer. Daspit’s published works include expertise in branding with her passion for entrepreneurship,
the pictorial history ROGUE VALLEY WINE, co-authored with she helps smaller wineries find their audience. When not
winemaker Eric Weisinger (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and a gardening or hiking, you’ll probably find her in a tasting room
historical novel, LUCY LIED (Fireship Press, 2014). doing “research.”

Food and lifestyle writer Sarah Lemon gathers inspiration After practicing law for 25 years, Kevin Breck decided to take
from cooking, gardening and exploring all things epicurean in life in a different direction. Currently enrolled in the Viticulture
her native Oregon. She frequently contributes articles to the and Enology program at Southern Oregon Wine Institute, Kevin
Mail Tribune newspaper, which also hosts her blog, The Whole hopes to finally put his love of wine to good use by becoming a
Dish. She has represented Southern Oregon as an ambassador winemaker. Kevin is a freelance wine writer and writes the Eno-
for Travel Oregon, and often serves as a judge for the region’s Files wine column for the Mail Tribune.
various culinary competitions and festivals.

For Steven Addington, photography has been a lifelong passion, Photographer, Jim Chamberlain built his first darkroom over
cultivated during his family’s travels across the United States fifty years ago, simply for the fun of developing film! His
and Europe. Specializing in capturing people and events, his lifelong interest in electronics, computers and all things digital
unique style and exceptional ability captures the essence of the served him well working in the research laboratories of Xerox
moment. Steven’s work has been featured in many articles and Corporation and as a Forensics Specialist at the National Fish and
magazines from coast to coast. Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, from where he
retired in 2012.

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Tempranillo: The Talk of the Town
by MJ DASPIT

O
ver the weekend of January 20-22, the second-annual Oregon Tempranillo Sunday’s public tasting event expanded the outreach of the Celebration to the public.
Celebration was held in Ashland. The signature event of the Oregon OTA Board members Earl Jones, Les Martin of Red Lily Vineyards, Scott Steingraber
Tempranillo Alliance (OTA) kicked-off with a Friday evening Tempranillo/ of Kriselle Cellars and Eric Weisinger of Weisinger Family Winery estimated the tasting
tapas reception at Belle Fiore Winery, followed by a full day of seminars and three would attract about 100 patrons. But when all of those tickets were snapped up within
analytical Tempranillo tastings on Saturday at the Ashland Hills Hotel. This year’s a few days of going on sale, they decided to up the number of tickets sold to 270. “The
event was expanded with the addition of a Public Tasting on Sunday afternoon. turn out and support pleasantly surprised us all,” Weisinger said.
The OTA, with a core membership of 26 Tempranillo growers, winemakers, and David Furer (Certified Wine Educator, Advanced Sommelier, and author of Wine
industry associates, was started to promote the growing and sale of Tempranillo Places) reacted to the event by saying, “I'm optimistic for Oregon's future with
grapes in Oregon and the production and sale of Tempranillo wine both in Oregon Tempranillo. In viticultural terms, it's still early days, but the signs pointing to its
and other markets. The Alliance’s 2017 Celebration attracted over 40 Oregon wine development for quality are strong. Critical to this is that the characteristics of the
industry attendees and a panel of three internationally-known wine experts. variety are rarely 'charming' until a decade or so of harvests have been acquired.
Tempranillo refers to a wine grape and its red wine varietal produced principally Add to that there's no 'playbook' from which to learn to produce commercial
in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of northern Spain. Tempranillo has the quality Tempranillo in North America, let alone in Oregon. The significance of the
fourth-largest planted acreage among wine grapes world-wide. From 2000 to 2010, conference to the variety's growth is crucial as it gives colleagues a forum at which
Tempranillo acreage expanded faster than any other variety. to learn from others and to share information amongst themselves."
The grape was introduced into California in the late nineteenth century. Earl The OTA Board plans to move the Celebration to Portland next year, followed by a
Jones, founder of Abacela Winery in the Umpqua Valley, pioneered Tempranillo return to southern Oregon in 2019. Weisinger explains alternating the venue between
production in Oregon, planting his original four-acre vineyard in 1995. By 2014, north and south is “about promoting OREGON Tempranillo and is not focused on
there were 57 Tempranillo producers in Oregon and planted area had expanded to the individual promotion of one region within Oregon over another. It is inclusive of
344 acres, producing a harvest of 839 tons and an economic impact of $9 million. the entire state, and as the tide of Tempranillo's popularity rises, so shall we.”
While the 2016 Celebration highlighted specific weather and soil conditions in
Oregon Tempranillo growing areas, compared to the Tempranillo regions of Spain,
the 2017 seminars focused on current industry practices associated with Oregon
Tempranillo in the vineyard, the winery and the cellar. Founding Members of OTA:
Nationally-renowned wine experts David Furer, Tim Hanni and Deborah Parker-
Eric Weisinger of Weisinger
Wong tasted through 60 different Oregon Tempranillos and presided over three
rounds of analytical wine tastings. The tastings focused on: Family Winery, Les Martin
• differences in Tempranillos from six different Oregon viticultural areas of Red Lily Vineyards, Scott
(Applegate Valley, Rogue Valley, Umpqua Valley, Willamette Valley, Columbia Steingraber of Kriselle
Gorge and Walla Walla Valley) Cellars and Earl Jones of
• impact of barrel selection, percentage of new oak and length of aging Abacela Winery.
• impact of blending Tempranillo with other varietals including Grenache, Syrah,
Graciano, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot

6 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017
Serving Southern Oregon’s Wineries.
Marc and Philippe Girardet

Mark and Mike Wisnovsky

LEGACY: DEEP FAMILY ROOTS by MJ DASPIT

Eric and John Weisinger

Jack and Chad Day
The rapid expansion and rising reputation of the Southern Oregon wine industry may seem like an overnight success story, but
establishing a vineyard and winery takes a lot of resources, energy and time—sometimes generations. In this first installment of “Legacy,”
Wine Scene tells the stories of four wineries through the prism of family and how gumption, dedication and passion, passed from fathers
to sons, lies at the root of businesses that are going strong and perhaps destined to be passed on again to sons—or daughters.

F
or generations, the Girardet family had been making wine to serve at their inn When John Weisinger, founder of Weisinger Family Winery, considered putting
in Yverdon, a small town outside of Lausanne, Switzerland. Philippe Girardet in vines on property he purchased in 1978, he talked to Frank Wisnovsky. “He told
had helped out in his uncles’ vineyard as a lad but decided on a career in me he thought Gewürztraminer would be the perfect grape for our valley. I took his
engineering. With a degree from a Swiss technical college, he immigrated to the US and advice and he sold me my first planting and those grapes are still in the ground out
went to work at Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Lab. But Philippe returned to his roots in 1971 in front of my home.” John’s son Eric, 10-years-old at the time, remembers helping
when he and wife Bonnie purchased land for a vineyard outside Tenmile, Oregon in the put out 800-900 plants with younger sisters Sarah and Annie. “I used to read
Umpqua Valley. Four years later, the dry-farmed vines produced Girardet’s first vintage National Geographic, so during this monotonous job I wondered if what we were
and son Marc was born. Marc commented drily, “My father says 1975 was a good year.” doing might someday be a story worth writing about.”
Marc grew up “eating lots of grapes and having lots of vines to play in.” While When Eric went to Germany after high school, his father came to visit and they
helping with farming, winemaking and selling wine, he also picked up his father’s traveled for several weeks through Italy and Germany, looking at wineries. They
engineering bent. “He taught me how to fix cars, take things apart, how electricity met the Zambelli family, winery equipment manufacturers, and talked wineries
works. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, I became immersed in computers.” over a four-hour lunch that featured a horsemeat dish. By the time Eric came
Marc decided the best way to get into programming was to enlist in the Air home from Europe that summer, his father had made a huge excavation in the
Force. But when he reported for basic training, he found out that his Swiss- field where sheep had grazed. That was 1988 and the beginning of what would
American citizenship was disqualifying. “I don’t know whether it was fate or become bonded winery 132.
destiny, but they sent me home and at that point I decided I didn’t want to program Eric spent the next few years traveling and getting a college degree. He came
computers anyway. So in the summer of 1994, I decided to make the wine business home for harvest every year and worked with winemaker Donna Devine. But
my career.” Marc has been the official winemaker at Girardet since 1999 when he in 1995, after graduation, he came home for harvest and stayed on. “One year
felt he had enough experience under his belt to take over the operation. turned into two. In August of ’97 my father had a serious back injury, so I had
Will there be a next generation at the helm of Girardet? Marc never realized to manage the harvest. I can recall being at the winery on a cordless telephone
how much his little daughter Amelia was picking up while playing around the saying, OK, Dad, this is what’s happening, so what do I do next?” Eric became
tasting room, “until one day she came to me and said, Daddy, everybody loves the de facto winemaker from that point on, though it wasn’t until 2000 that the
the Baco. We need to plant more Baco.” That’s Baco Noir, an estate varietal rarely official announcement came out. “It made a better story,” Eric explained, “A new
found in Southern Oregon. “She’s only five,” Marc says, “so who knows what she’ll winemaker for a new century.”
do with herself, but I love being able to give her the opportunity to be around the The new century was also significant for the Parsons family. Under the
business and to know it’s a part of our family history.” management of Jack Day, grandson of Reginald Parsons who bought Hillcrest
Valley View Winery has been owned and operated by the Wisnovsky family for forty Orchard and began working the property in 1908, RoxyAnn Winery came into
years. The family of founder Frank Wisnovsky kept the business alive in the wake of his being in 2001. Today Jack acts as CEO of the business with son Chad as general
accidental death less than ten years after the earliest vineyard block was planted and the manager. Chad represents the fourth generation to work the family farm.
winery was built. This tragedy hit the family as the two eldest children were tackling Having retired from a career as a commercial real estate appraiser, Jack assumed
college and the two younger were nearing high school age. Mark Wisnovsky, who runs control of the family’s vineyard venture in 2000. “We were selling all our grapes
the business today with brother Mike, recalls, “It was a huge shock. Owning a winery to Foris,” Jack recalls, “and one day I delivered the grapes there and I suggested
wasn’t my mother’s dream necessarily, but she made a big decision to try to keep it to Ted Gerber that we were planting an additional 15 acres and that he would be
going long enough to where at least a few of us children would have the opportunity to getting more grapes. And he said, I can’t handle any more because we have no more
say yes or no to continuing in the business. From 1980 to 1985 we kept things moving capacity. Why don’t you build a winery?”
forward. Fortunately, we didn’t owe anybody any money. No one was stupid enough to For Chad, who finished high school as the vineyard was getting started, a role
loan us money. Literally it was a shoestring operation. We were still the only winery in in the family wine venture wasn’t on the radar. Like his father, he left the farm
Jackson County. There was only Siskiyou over in Cave Junction. There were only 20-25 and went into construction. In 2008 his father “started putting the bug in my ear
wineries in Oregon. It was still very difficult.” about coming back down to Southern Oregon. Being 28 at the time, that wasn’t
Eldest son Robert assumed control of the winery upon graduation from college something I was interested in doing.” But by the time Chad and his wife Oakley
in 1985. Robert was soon joined by UC Davis graduate John Guerrero who took started a family, the idea of joining Jack in the wine business started to make
over as Valley View’s winemaker, a position Guerrero retains to this day. But Robert sense. “I got my MBA from Seattle University because I had the construction
wanted to move to San Francisco and work in the financial markets, so in 1990 he and the facilities background, but I really didn’t have the marketing and financial
handed over the reins to the next eldest son, Mark. “When Robert left I was 26 and knowledge I thought I needed in order to run a business such as this. Come 2012,
it was a lot to cope with,” Mark explains. “It takes a while to realize you’re the one my first daughter was born at the end of July and about a month later we showed
who has to make the decisions. We were the first second generation. So we were up for the start of harvest.”
always the kids, those kids down there. It’s enough that we were rebels because Though Chad had never so much as snipped a bunch of grapes from a vine, he
we weren’t doing Pinot Noir. We were doing all these other varieties and we were dived into harvest, “doing any jobs I could, just to get an idea of what was out there.
pretty brash, outspoken—but we were young, we wanted to move things fast. We After harvest, I started to come more into the management role, learning the business
were always the young people with the older winery.” side of it. In 2013 we really made the transition to me taking over as general manager
The “we” refers to youngest brother Mike who joined Mark in the business in of this company. I’m the fourth generation working and running a business on this
1991 upon graduating from UCLA. Mike and Mark share a common business property which is exciting, but there are sixty plus cousins that are Hillcrest Orchard
outlook that springs from their early struggles as an anomaly among Southern shareholders, so it makes the family dynamics interesting to say the least.”
Oregon farms. “If there’s a philosophy, a driving force,” Mark says, “it comes from Like the varietals they produce, the stories of Southern Oregon wine families are
the shoestring aspect that has always been an integral part of the business.” That many and diverse, each one a fascinating glimpse into the rich history of the region.
philosophy stresses use of local materials, doing things efficiently, and above all, See how the Legacy continues in our upcoming issues.
making wine their neighbors want and will buy. “That part of it is in our blood,
part of the DNA: be efficient, be affordable, because you never know what’s going
to happen and because we started out really as the only winery in the area at a time
when nobody was drinking much wine.”
SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017 9
DANCIN Raises the Barre with New Labels
by CHRIS COOK
“Every vintage is an annual dance in harmony with nature and humanity, with vines and wines. It includes all the
partners that show up during the season—be it good or challenging—perfect temperatures, freezes, adequate
precipitation, drought, hail, birds or even bears. It’s time and place, captured in a bottle.” ~Dan Marca

A ll it took was a thoughtful observation and candid comment from a
guest in late 2015 to get Dan Marca to completely upend the DANCIN
Vineyards label design he had used since his first vintage in 2010. And while the
original design—based on a thoughtful and thorough branding process—had
worked beautifully in the past, DANCIN’s wines had evolved and it was time for
notes—that he and Cindy “are polar opposites.” He claims he’s a red Type “A” born in New
York City and Cindy’s a green Type “Z” from Southern California.
In the back of his mind, Dan says he had been concerned that the colors were
possibly “too autumny.” So he was ready for a change.
With wine names like Pas de Chat, Pas de Deux, Chassé, Adagio and Ballerina,
the labels to catch up. and the comment that the label didn’t prepare the consumer for the elegance of the
What was the observation? Well, it happened one day when Dan had been wine, the design team honed in on an image of a ballet dancer with a wine “dress.”
in the tasting room with two guests visiting from Washington, DC and the Bay The idea was fanciful and met Dan’s criteria: authentic, elegant and unique.
Area—a restaurateur and a close friend. As he walked them through the winery’s The process to go from a pretty good label to one that is exceptional was time
array of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, one commented frankly that “the label consuming and required hours of conceptualization, photography, graphic design
doesn’t prepare me for the elegance that’s in the bottle.” and finessing each element of the design. If there’s one thing you can count on Dan
As Dan considered the splashy, colorful label, he agreed. “I was happy to have for, it’s to understand the purpose of every action he takes—from his wines to his
that feedback,” Dan said. “We are always talking about how to improve—how to tasting room, with tableside service to the design of the new label series.
make the guest experience the best it can be.” The color of the wine dress is consistent with the color palette of the wine in the
Shortly following that tasting, Dan broached the subject of a label refresh with his bottle. It’s printed with a textured spot varnish that makes it look wet. The dancer’s
wife Cindy, who wasn’t overly enthusiastic at first, but then movement matches the spirit of the wine. Looking at the Syrah label, it’s clear that
took the lead at certain times during the lengthy process. the wine will be bold in its elegance due to the texture and thickness of the Syrah
“Dan and I had weeks of conversations before moving skins—much more so than the Pinots and Chardonnays, and therefore is named
ahead. We pursued many options with several talented “Danseur,” meaning a male ballet dancer. The new labels assert that the “wines
people, and then things started to unfold and take shape are primarily named after movements within ballet, a form of dance wherein
with an amazing team, and everything fell into place!” dedication, discipline and balance are in submission to the grace and beauty of the
The original label design featured part of a watercolor final performance.”
image of Dan and Cindy, his wife and partner, dancing. You The passion of the dancer matches Dan and Cindy’s passion for DANCIN wines
wouldn’t know that at first glance. All that showed on the label and the hospitality-focused destination winery they have created. The desire to
was a flourish of the bottom of Cindy’s long, red dress on a delight customers runs deep. “Whether you are enjoying our wine at our winery, at
gold and green background representing the vineyard floor. a restaurant or at home, we wanted the bottle and corresponding label to become
A nod to the owners, the name DANCIN was prominent in part of the dining experience,” Dan explains. “It’s about delighting your senses, as
blocks of red (DAN) and green (CIN) to illustrate—as Dan you savor the moments in time.”

One wine stands out from the rest: Tribute, a 2014 Barbera, a recent Gold
Medal recipient at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, crafted
specifically as a tribute to a visit Dan took with his family to his dad’s (and
103-year-old grandmother’s) hometown in Italy four decades ago, which
became a strong inspiration for the tasting room and service-style at DANCIN.

An insider’s guide to the packaging:
• The bottles are all-genuine Italian or French glass because it’s important to Dan to stay true to the varietals he’s producing.
• On each label, the dancer is either touching the ground or has a shadow on the ground, which represents the connection between
the wine and the earth, capturing the sense of place and the transformation of the activities in the vineyard and its corresponding
terroir into wine through the celebration of the wine dress. The seven dots on the capsule represent the seven distinct Pinot Noir
clones planted on the estate. Also on the capsule, you’ll find DANCIN’s signature phrase, “Dance like nobody’s watching.”
• The name DANCIN comes from combining the names of owners Dan and Cindy Marca. The name makes sense on more
than one level, Dan says, because “Every vintage is an annual dance in harmony with nature and humanity, with vines and
wines. It includes all the partners that show up during the season—be it good or challenging—perfect temperatures,
freezes, adequate precipitation, drought, hail, birds or even bears. It’s time and place, captured in a bottle.”

SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017 11
NEW PLACES TO TASTE by CHRIS COOK
Announcing four must-visit tasting rooms that define the essence of “unique”

A
s the Southern Oregon AVA steadily gains recognition for quality wines, the “While we will be offering flights with bites—food and wine pairings—we are
pace of development has been speeding up. A whopping 56 percent of all making the wine and the vineyard the primary focus,” Dionne says. “We want
Southern Oregon tasting rooms have been open less than 5 years, with untold to create a warm, welcoming place where people can relax and feel a part of this
others currently under construction or in their conceptual phase. genuine wine experience. We say, ‘Welcome home. Relax. Join us.’”
That’s impressive when you compare that statistic to the percent of new tasting Moving on from the hills of Ashland to the foothills of Talent, we find the
rooms in the last 5 years in the Columbia Gorge—35 percent; and the Willamette second-newest tasting room in Southern Oregon. Pebblestone Cellars began
Valley—28 percent. operations in 2004 with owners Pat and Dick Ellis selling wine off the back deck of
Our region’s newest tasting room will open this May in Ashland’s Upper their home. They opened their first tasting room in 2010—renting the 380-square-
Emigrant Creek Valley. Irvine & Roberts Family Vineyards owners Dionne and foot “little red house” adjacent to their vineyards.
Doug Irvine, and Kelly and Duane Roberts (Doug’s sister and brother-in-law) look Collecting many prestigious awards for their wines, the Ellises have earned a
forward to sharing an unparalleled tasting experience. In fact, Kelly and Duane reputation for quality wines and warm hospitality. In recent competitions, they
have been in the hospitality business for years as owners of The Mission Inn Hotel bagged Best in Class for their 2014 Viognier in last year’s San Francisco Chronicle
& Spa, the iconic AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Riverside, California. Wine Competition and this year Double Gold for their 2012 Tempranillo.
In this Northwest-inspired tasting room amidst the 28-acre vineyard, there will Word of the quality of their wines and the charming venue spread quickly.
be wine pairing chef demonstrations hosted in the kitchen and winery dinners Driven by increasing demand, the Ellises began design of a new tasting room on
featuring locally-renowned chefs at the farm-style tables. Guests will have a choice the south end of their property, never imagining that it would take four years to
of enjoying numerous bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rosé at the tasting come to fruition. Through determination and perseverance, they completed the
bar or in comfy seating by the fireplace. The multitude of windows will offer project late last year.
expansive views of the vineyards and winery. In warmer weather, the glass wall to Pebblestone’s spacious new tasting room is set amidst a newly-planted portion
the veranda will open to plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the vineyard setting. of the vineyard and—from the outside—appears to be an old barn from pioneer
With the new winery located in the hillside above the tasting room, the owners times. Opening the large knotty alder doors, you see that this is no ordinary barn.
hope guests will get a stronger sense of the connection of the land to the wine. The The tasting room gleams with massive beams, tall knotty cedar ceilings, oak plank
winery will feature a private cellar for wine club tasting, dinners and tours. flooring and wrought iron chandeliers. In addition to the large dark granite tasting
“We are excited to tell our story,” Doug exclaims. “We have something unique bar, there is plenty of additional seating and a private tasting room.
that we look forward to sharing—from the 250-million-year-old soils to our vines Exit the south side to a large covered porch seating 40. Broad mountain vistas,
planted in 2007 and 2012 to the end product in the glass. Our vision has always including views of Mt. Ashland and Wagner Butte, provide the perfect backdrop for
been to be the best in the world.” guests enjoying live music on the weekends.

IRVINE & ROBERTS FAMILY VINEYARDS PEBBLESTONE CELLARS
more on page 20 more on page 26

12 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017
AUGUSTINO ESTATE
& VINEYARD
more on page 49

SCHULTZ WINES
more on page 47

“We wanted our tasting room to fit the Oregon countryside,” Dick said. “The If you’re looking for fun and adventure, hop over to Redwood Highway Route
interior was inspired by pictures and buildings in Jacksonville built in the late 199 and head to Augustino Estate & Vineyard—a treehouse tasting room
1800s. We tried to create the finished look and hand-crafted feel of a turn-of-the- that opened in January. Along the way you will pass long-established Illinois
century saloon. The facility has a refined elegance that matches the qualities we Valley wineries Deer Creek Vineyards and Foris Vineyards & Winery. Add
strive for in our wines.” their newly-acquired Bridgeview Vineyards & Winery located in the nearby
“We are flexible on many things, but we are unwavering in our desire to provide Applegate Valley, and you could make a day of it.
our guests with the best possible wine experience,” Pat says. With years’ experience Of the new tasting treehouse, owners Reggie Boltz and Debbie Spencer call it a
owning a travel agency, Pat is a great asset in managing the tasting room. Stop by ‘treeloon.’ “It’s a treehouse that is designed in the style of an old-fashioned saloon,”
and say hello—you’ll frequently find both her and Dick behind the bar. Reggie smiles. From the Rockin’ R Ranch brand on the large entry staircase to
Make the trip to the beautiful Applegate Valley and you’ll find Greg and Debbie the swinging saloon doors, horse saddle stools and cowhide rugs, the place is fun,
Schultz’s renovated 1940s farmhouse tasting room on their 60-acre Glory Oaks welcoming and writ large—like Reggie and Debbie’s hospitality.
Vineyard and Farm. Everything in the tasting room is new except for the corner “In keeping with our Italian tradition,” Reggie says, “we want people to come as
fireplace that Debbie painted white and the beautiful wide-board fir floors that had friends and leave as family. It happens all the time and we love that about our place.”
been hidden by orange shag carpet and linoleum. The bumped-up ceiling provides (Reggie was born an Augustino and took his stepfather’s last name at a young age.)
an open, airy feel and the clean, white walls show off black and white photography “At 1,500 square feet, we’re told this is the largest treehouse in the country.
labels that tell the story of each wine. For example, the first label was for “Homeward It is built around nine fir trees,” Debbie said. “We chose to build it on fir trees
Chardonnay,” a tip of the hat to Greg’s return to Oregon (his birthplace) from because they are not susceptible to disease and beetles—and Mother Nature put
Louisiana in 2010. “We had taken many vacations up and down the West coast and them in the perfect formation!”
Oregon had this pull. We find its beauty to be unmatched. And we love that Southern Featured on “The Treehouse Guys,” a nationally-aired TV show, the treehouse
Oregon is able to grow so many varietals so well,” Greg explained. tasting room overlooks the Siskiyou Mountains on one side and the rushing Illinois
The Schultzes established Schultz Wines in Southern Oregon in 2010 and in 2014 River on the other. “People love to come and picnic on the beach by the river,”
began developing their Applegate property. Their small-lot wines are made from Debbie says. “In the summer, we will be having barbeque parties and a new pizza
premium fruit sourced from established local growers although they are planting oven. It’s a great place for a party, corporate retreat or reunion.”
vines with 2016 marking their first harvest. For those who wish to spend the night, there are plans to put some cabins on
There’s a good chance that you’ll find the Schultzes working in the tasting room the property. With themes like “sportsman” and “cattleman,” the cabins will be
during the weekend, and in the vineyards during the week. It’s oftentimes a two- high-end and well-appointed.
person operation. “We like being farmers,” Greg says. “And we like to be able to talk As we look at the new tasting rooms—in Ashland, Talent, the Applegate and
with all our guests. We want the tasting room to feel like a comfortable farmstead Illinois Valley’s, each has its own personality. And while these new tasting rooms
where you can make yourself at home.” couldn’t be more different, two things are certain: you’ll be welcomed warmly—
“We wanted our guests to enjoy the beautiful setting so we situated the tasting most likely by an owner—and you’ll find the wines delectable!
bar to have a view of the vineyard and Slagle Creek,” Debbie explained. “We also
encourage picnics on our deck. We’re a very friendly, laid back tasting room.”

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For Beasy's and Harvey's,
ROGUE VALLEY

OPEN 7 DAYS Local Wines Are a Recipe For Success
All Local • All the Time
Our glass pour list will be
exclusively showcasing
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O
perating an Ashland fine-dining fixture for more than two decades, Rob Harvey
has good reason to stay the course.
“A key component to our success in the service industry has been a strong
and consistent foundation of quality service,” he says. “Trends in food and wine
come and go, but a guest's desire to feel sincerely appreciated, never changes.”
Although this philosophy ensures that food menus change infrequently, it doesn’t
hold sway over wine selections at either Beasy’s on the Creek or Harvey’s newer,
namesake venture on Ashland Plaza. Both establishments have promoted Southern
Oregon wines as the region has risen in prominence.
“It’s so much about a story,” says Harvey of acquainting customers with new wines.
The tale took more than a decade to unfold at Beasy’s, where diners long ordered
varietals ubiquitous to California and Washington, says Harvey. In the early 2000s,
he and wife Anny, who oversees the restaurant’s wine lists, education and training,
OPEN 7 DAYS noticed that colleagues and competitors around town offered virtually the same
lists—driven largely by representatives for California’s biggest vintners.
35% Discount “Everybody wanted a chardonnay and a merlot,” recalls Harvey, a 43-year-old
on All Southern Oregon Ashland native. “Everybody had ’em, and we did, too.
“By eliminating the California giants and introducing boutique wines of our
Wines purchased for Since1996
region, we began forcing some things people were unfamiliar with.”
use off premises. Now, guests—visitors and locals alike—ask what’s grown and produced in
the hills outside of town, the Applegate Valley and the Upper Rogue area, says
Licensed Retailer of Harvey. A locally-focused, smaller wine list looms large at Harvey’s Place, opened
Southern Oregon Wines. Seafood, Steaks & Pasta in 2014. Around the corner from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, the
Support Local • Enjoy Local restaurant serves fast-casual fare that draws heavy foot traffic through its East
Main Street doors, says Harvey.
beasysonthecreek.com 51 Water St. Ashland 541-488-5009 The pre-theater rush among its primary considerations, Harvey’s Place emphasizes
wines by the glass to accompany hearty appetizers that can substitute as entrees, as
well as seasonal specials. An eye-catching chalkboard highlights a different Southern
Oregon winery each month with reduced prices on both single servings and bottles.
Quady North of Jacksonville, Kriselle Cellars of Sams Valley and Irvine & Roberts
Family Vineyards of Ashland all have gained exposure at Harvey’s Place.
“Glass wine pours are incredibly popular over here,” says Harvey. “We want more
flavors; we want to taste more things.”
Diners can taste Oregon’s famed Dungeness crab as a cocktail or Pacific Rim crab
cakes at Beasy’s, or perched atop a salad of mixed greens, mango and avocado at
Harvey’s Place. In any iteration, the crab’s distinct flavor is elevated, says Harvey, with
Quady North Pistoleta, a blend of viognier, marsanne, roussanne and grenache blanc.
Another Quady varietal, syrah stands up to the savor of Harvey’s baby-back
ribs, served either as an a la carte starter or an entrée with choice of sides. Harvey’s
mainstay burger, assembled with cremini mushrooms and Jarlsberg cheese on a
pretzel bun, plays off myriad notes of fruit and spice in Abacela tempranillo, says
Harvey. Rich razor-clam chowder, he says, contrasts with Irvine’s crisp chardonnay.
“Looking for a food scene,” says Harvey, visitors and locals need look no farther than
Harvey’s Place or Beasy’s on the Creek to sample the wine scene of Southern Oregon.
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BELLE FIORE WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY
“We feel so fortunate to be living this
amazing Southern Oregon lifestyle!”

BELLE FIORE WINERY is a place of
unparalleled elegance. A classical French
chateau with state-of-the-art winery, the
Italianate Wine Pavilion surrounded by
vineyards on the slopes above Emigrant
Creek—Belle Fiore’s landscaping, architecture
and décor are nothing short of eye-popping.
Belle Fiore offers a wide selection of
thoughtfully-crafted wines. Their talented
winemaking team has won numerous medals
for many wines including Best in Class for
Pinot Noir and Best of Show for their 2012
Numinos Bordeaux blend, as well as recently-
awarded gold medals for Cabernet Sauvignon
and Teroldego. They currently make 8,000 cases
of artisanal wines a year from the estate’s fifteen Justin Donovan Broker, GRI
different varietals. Cell 541-890-6673 • 541-482-0044 ext 109
Wine aficionados will not want to miss Belle Justin.AshlandHomes@gmail.com
Belle Fiore Winery Fiore’s Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone vintages
100 Belle Fiore Lane or such unusual gems as Montepulciano, Michaela Donovan Broker, GRI
Ashland OR 97520 Teroldego, Verdejo, and Caprettone. 541-482-0044 ext 113
541-552-4900 In addition to wines of exceptional quality, Michaela.AshlandHomes@gmail.com
bellefiorewine.com Belle Fiore offers live music Wednesday
through Sunday, wine-food pairings, special
Hours:* events, art exhibits, and exclusive winemaker
dinners. Of interest to local artists and art We are Justin and Michaela Donovan,
Wednesday-Sunday, noon-8pm real estate brokers with Ashland Homes Real
lovers, the Artist Series Annual Wine Label
Competition opens in January, providing Estate, here in beautiful Southern Oregon.
*Seasonal hours subject to change.
Southern Oregon artists an opportunity to With well over 25 years of combined real estate
Please see website for details. create a label for Belle Fiore’s “Belle Arte” label. experience, we continue to work hard on your behalf,
For those seeking the perfect venue for a striving for excellence and overall client satisfaction.
private party, wedding or event, there’s no more
Please give us a call so we can put our experience
sumptuous or welcoming spot! Belle Fiore is an
to work for you.
extraordinary, must-see gem in the Rogue Valley!

Office Website: www.Ashland-Homes.com

SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017 17
ELIANA WINES ENOTECA WINE TASTING & BISTRO
ROGUE VALLEY

ELIANA WINES is the label of Brian and ENOTECA is EdenVale Winery’s second tasting
Carien Jordaan. Brian, a one-time commercial room, located in the historic Granite Building
grower of roses, adapted his “soft-handed” in the center of Ashland’s bustling Plaza
horticultural technique to his wine grapes. scene. The building is currently undergoing
Since 2008, Brian and his family have tended renovations with all businesses open during
Belle Vista Vineyard in the Pompadour normal hours.
Bluff area east of Ashland planted to Merlot, The friendly staff and award-winning wines
Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. await you in a comfortable and quiet “get-away
The vines, now nearly twenty years-old, have nook.” The warm and casual atmosphere is
yielded exquisite fruit under Jordaan’s care.
Eliana Wines the perfect setting to taste EdenVale’s many
158 Gaerky Creek Road Since 2011, Jordaan has added Tempranillo Rogue Valley wines and explore the vineyards
to his wine list of exquisite Bordeaux varietals of Southern Oregon in your glass. Edenvale
Ashland OR 97520 and blends. From Thistlecroft Vineyard, a produces wines that are handcrafted—barrel- and
541-690-4350 close neighbor to Belle Vista, the Tempranillo bottle-aged—using sustainable methods, while
elianawines.com is a lush mélange of aromas and flavors supporting local families and farmers in the
featuring ripe strawberry and dark cherry Rogue Valley. We also produce organic hard pear
Hours: March-October, notes. Made in very limited lots, Eliana wines cider from heritage trees on our estate facility.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, reflect a unique terroir, earning gold at the Enoteca Wine Tasting & Bistro Enoteca offers light-fare menu items such as
noon-5:00pm 2017 San Francisco Chronicle and 2016 17 North Main Street cheese boards and spreadables. The friendly
Oregon Wine Experience competitions. Ashland OR 97520 staff can also help you find the perfect
Varietals: The best way to try Eliana is to stop by the 541-482-3377 restaurant for lunch or dinner, help map-out
Bordeaux Blend tasting room, where Brian and Carien love edenvalleyorchards.com your tour of local wineries or just engage
Cabernet Franc sharing their elegant wines with visitors. The in good conversation. Enoteca also hosts
intimate indoor wine bar offers cozy warmth Hours: colorful local musicians on 1st Friday nights,
Cabernet Sauvignon
while the outdoor seating offers incomparable community classes and more. As a member of
Merlot vistas of the vineyard with the Siskiyou
Monday-Thursday, 1-7pm the Ashland Gallery Association, they curate
Tempranillo Mountains and Pilot Rock in the distance. Friday & Saturday, 1-8pm an ever-changing array of work by local artists.
Sunday, 1-6pm Offering one of the best people watching views
on the Plaza, the upstairs sitting room is a great
Varietals: place to host a meeting, study, or just spend time
Cabernet Sauvignon relaxing with a glass of wine in the perfect chair!
Chardonnay
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

18 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017
GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY
Beautiful Historic Ashland Bed & Breakfast Built in 1883
 Luxurious Accommodations & Spacious Common Areas
 Delicious Gourmet Breakfasts & Afternoon Cookies
 Special Occasion, Romance & eatre Packages Plus Wine Tastings

GRIZZLY PEAK WINERY is nestled on a
protected mountain slope just minutes from
downtown Ashland. The high-elevation site
produces top-quality wine grapes and provides
visitors incomparable vistas and an intimate
tasting room experience. Year-round, the
estate grounds feature magnificent gardens and (Located Downtown & Only 2 Blocks from Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
established oak trees, offering the perfect place
153 Oak St, Ashland OR
to take a leisurely stroll. Established in 1998
800.808.9749
by Al and Virginia Silbowitz, wine offerings www.McCallHouse.com
have grown to include Pinot Noir, Merlot,
Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Viognier,
Grizzly Peak Winery Chardonnay and several blends.
1600 E Nevada Street At the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Ashland OR 97520 Competition, the 2015 Pinot Gris took Double
541-482-5700 Gold, the 2015 Viognier took Gold, and the
grizzlypeakwinery.com 2013 took a Silver medal. Other recent awards
include Gold for the 2014 Viognier and Silver
Hours: for the 2013 Syrah at Savor Northwest, Double
April thru October, Gold for the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at the
Cascadia Wine Competition and Double Gold
Thursday-Sunday, noon-4pm and Best of Class at the Women’s International
Wine Competition for the 2013 Malbec.
November thru March,
Saturday & Sunday, noon-4pm Al and Virginia’s wine-savvy daughter, Naomi
Fuerte, presides in the tasting room, the perfect
Varietals: spot for sipping wines with friends. For those
planning events, Grizzly Peak offers several
Cab Franc indoor and outdoor event spaces, suitable for
Cabernet Sauvignon fundraisers, cultural events, private parties,
Chardonnay weddings and more! Check the website for
Malbec details and availability. No matter the time of
Marsanne year, Grizzly Peak is the perfect spot!
Merlot
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Roussanne
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

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IRVINE & ROBERTS FAMILY VINEYARDS WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY
ROGUE VALLEY

IRVINE & ROBERTS FAMILY VINEYARDS WEISINGER FAMILY WINERY is the
is a small family winery owned by Doug and first wine tasting spot northbound visitors
Dionne Irvine and Kelly & Duane Roberts that entering Oregon on Interstate 5 encounter
practices sustainable farming and produces after descending the Siskiyou Summit—and
ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in there could be no better beginning to Rogue
this special setting five minutes from the heart Valley wine country. With a list including cool
of downtown Ashland. climate, dry Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir
The 2,200 foot elevation vineyard is blessed along with Bordeaux, Spanish and Rhône
with distinctive soils, climate, and an varietals, Weisinger offers wine tourists a
east-facing slope that yields wines with taste of the region’s diversity at their very first
extraordinary balance, flavor and elegance. stop. The list now includes a Double-Gold
The Irvine and Roberts families believe great medal winning 2015 Chardonnay and 2013
Weisinger Family Winery Estate Pinot Noir from the 2016 Wine Press
wines come from great soil, so they strive to be
conscientious stewards of the land, protecting
3150 Siskiyou Boulevard Northwest Platinum Competition.
Irvine & Roberts Family Vineyards
vineyard soils through practices that are Ashland OR 97520 Weisinger wines are made by second-generation
1614 Emigrant Creek Road
certified sustainable by LIVE. 541-488-5989 winemaker Eric Weisinger, whose resumé
Ashland OR 97520
Managing Director, Michael Donovan will be weisingers.com includes experience in California’s Russian
541-482-9383 River, New Zealand and Australia. Besides
leading the team when they open their new
irvinerobertsvineyards.com tasting room and winery in the upper Emigrant Hours: award-winning wines, visitors will enjoy relaxing
Creek Valley in May 2017. October-April, on the tasting room deck with a nosh plate,
Hours: Opening in May 2017 taking in beautiful views of the estate vineyard
Overlooking the expansive vineyards, the new Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm and the rugged Cascade Range in the distance.
tasting room will feature exquisite examples of Monday & Tuesday by
and by appointment Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with focused food In support of the community each month, the
Appointment
pairings in a relaxed atmosphere. With a stunning work of a local artist is displayed in the tasting
Varietals: room. The winery also offers lodging at their
tasting bar, fireplace, cozy chairs and couches, you May-September,
Chardonnay will feel right at home. Ample outdoor seating newly-renovated vineyard cottage. Weisinger
Daily, 11am-6pm Family Winery may be the first stop on your
Pinot Noir and floor-to-ceiling windows will welcome guests
with breathtaking vineyard views while tasting winery itinerary, but it’s the last one you’ll forget.
Wines:
world-class wine from the Rogue Valley.
Bordeaux Blends
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Dry Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Pinot Noir
Rosé
Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier

20 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017
LEDGER DAVID CELLARS

ROGUE VALLEY
7110 Highway 66, Ashland
LEDGER DAVID CELLARS’ Central Point
$
1,195,000
venue, dubbed "Le Petit Tasting Room," is
spectacularly located between the world- Top Realtor in
renowned Rogue Creamery and equally- Top 1% Award Over
U.S. by Real
famous Lillie Belle Chocolates. Amid these for $51 Million Sold
culinary stars, Ledger David shines brightly, Trends, Wall
John L. Scott in 2016
having recently burnished its reputation for Street Journal
premium estate wines by winning six medals
for six wines entered in the 2017 San Francisco Top 100 Most Best of the Best
John L. Scott in the
Ledger David Cellars
Chronicle Wine Competition. Award winners Influential
included gold medals for their Sauvignon Blanc STAR Award Mail Tribune
245 N Front Street Realtors
and very limited production Petit Verdot &
Central Point OR 97502 silver medals for their Sangiovese, Tempranillo
541-664-2218 and Orion’s Nebula red blend.
ledgerdavid.com Wine Press Northwest notes that Ledger David
is “…gaining a reputation as a top Rogue Valley
Hours: Producer,” and Ledger David looks forward
Daily, noon-5pm to following through on that reputation with
a spring line-up in Le Petit Tasting Room that
Varietals: highlights both silver & gold stars from the
Cabernet Franc Chronicle awards and rising stars: Sublimus,
a Super-Tuscan style wine and the release of
Chardonnay
the 2014 Cabernet Franc—their most award-
Chenin Blanc winning varietal wine.
Malbec Ledger David is a 9th generation Southern
Malvasia Bianca Oregon family. Their estate fruit comes from
Petit Verdot the Varner-Traul Vineyard planted in 2007
Sangiovese to Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, Viognier,
Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet
Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
Syrah and Petit Verdot.
Tempranillo
With so many stellar selections on its list, it’s
Viognier no wonder Ledger David’s label was designed
around an artist’s conception of three stars of
Orion’s belt.
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2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY
ROGUE VALLEY

2HAWK owners Ross and Jen Allen say raising
the bar on wine quality is equally important as
creating a memorable guest experience. They
are doing both. Ross brings 30+ years farming
experience to his vineyard management using
sustainable practices and a blend of tradition
and technology to maximize fruit quality. Jen’s
expertise—customer service and business
management—ensures that each visitor enters
as a guest, leaves as a friend, and returns
regularly to experience the exceptional estate
tasting room and awe-inspiring views of
Mt. Ashland and the Rogue Valley.
The Allens’ vision has resulted in 24 medals in
wine competitions in 2016 and the tasting room
Enjoy the area’s LARGEST being voted as one of the best places to visit in
the Rogue Valley. A new, state-of-the-art winery
Southern Oregon Wine List is bringing 2Hawk’s winemaking into precise
focus to define it as an industry leader.
Offering Wine Flights. Banquet space now available for Experience 2Hawk’s rustic charm, engaging
private parties. 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery staff and the variety of small plate options that
2335 N Phoenix Road add a gourmand touch to any wine tasting. Sit
by the outdoor fire pit, play bocce or simply
Medford OR 97504 enjoy a fine wine. Wine makes every moment an
541-779-WINE occasion. Take yours to new heights at 2Hawk.
2hawkwinery.com
Hours:
Daily, 1-7pm
Elements Tapas Bar & Lounge is Medford’s
Varietals:
first tapas bar,Cabernet
and our Franc
philosophy is really
quite simple: Cabernet Sauvignon
take the best local ingredients,
Chardonnay
make wonderful food, and pair it with a
Grenache
great drink. Malbec
Pinot Noir
Located on the corner of FRONT and Sauvignon Blanc
MAIN Streets in OldTown Medford. Tempranillo
Viognier
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EDENVALE WINERY

ROGUE VALLEY
EDENVALE WINERY is the Rogue Valley’s
most unique winery and destination facility,
just off Highway 99 between Ashland and
Jacksonville. The winery is located on the
oldest commercial orchard in Oregon, with
breathtaking views of the Siskiyou Mountains
and surrounded by orchards and vineyards.
EdenVale Winery The Eden Valley Orchards’ property takes you
back to an era of gracious hospitality with the
2310 Voorhies Road
on-site 1890’s Voorhies Mansion and formal
Medford OR 97501 gardens, complimented by heritage pear trees
541-512-2955 x2 and a demonstration vineyard. The estate is
edenvalleyorchards.com the perfect place to taste barrel- and bottle-
aged wines, handcrafted by winemaker Ashley
Hours: Campanella. Her 2008 Tempranillo was recently
Sunday-Thursday, 11am-6pm awarded Double-Gold at the 2016 Oregon Wine
Experience! And, at the 2016 San Francisco
Friday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
Chronicle Wine Competition, her 2008 Syrah
Varietals: won Double-Gold along with Silver for her 2015
Midsummer Cuvee and 2014 Dry Rosé.
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay Using its pear-producing acreage, EdenVale
introduced a new line of hard pear cider,
Grenache produced in their winemaking facilities and
Malbec available for tasting in the historic Carriage
Merlot House tasting room this season.
Pinot Gris EdenVale features the Rogue Valley’s most
Pinot Noir prestigious indoor and outdoor public and
Syrah private event spaces, the perfect venue for
private parties, weddings and celebrations. With
Tempranillo
beautiful park-like grounds, spring and summer
Viognier are the perfect time to enjoy a picnic and an
array of music festivals, symphony concerts and
weekly dance and dining activities.
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JAXON VINEYARDS ROXYANN WINERY
ROGUE VALLEY

JAXON VINEYARDS embodies the spirit of ROXYANN WINERY was originally the pear
the Rogue Valley—premium boutique wines, growing and packing operation known as
nurtured vines, exceptional hospitality and Hillcrest Orchard. But Jack Day, grandson of
spectacular views of the Rogue Valley. The the Seattle businessman who became owner
alfresco tasting terrace is open the first and and manager of Hillcrest in 1908, had other
third weekends (Saturdays and Sundays from ideas. Day planted wine grapes on 20 acres of
11am-4pm) during the warm season, May the south-facing slope of RoxyAnn Peak where
through September. Along with your wine shallow clay soils are perfect for Bordeaux
Jaxon Vineyards tasting or flight, enjoy artful small plates or varietals. With the first harvest in 2001,
5601 Hughes Road picnic items and gourmet fare from popular, RoxyAnn Winery was born.
local food trucks. Today the RoxyAnn estate vineyard runs to 70
Medford OR 97504
541-512-1514 Jamie and Katherine McCleary purchased the acres from which the winery produces 15,000
property as an historical pear orchard in 2008 cases of award-winning Claret, Pinot Gris,
jaxonvineyards.com and transformed it into a classic, New-World Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
vineyard producing critically-acclaimed wines. Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah,
Hours: RoxyAnn Winery
To bring out the best of their Fern Valley fruit, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Recently, their
First and Third weekends 3283 Hillcrest Road 2012 Claret was awarded Double-Gold at the
the McCleary’s enlisted winemaker Rob Folin
May-September, Medford OR 97504 2016 Oregon Wine Experience! Many of the
to craft elegant and balanced wines that have
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-4pm garnered JAXON multiple 90+ ratings and gold 541-776-2315 original Hillcrest Orchard buildings, added
and by appointment. medals, both regional and nationally. roxyann.com to the National Register of Historic Places in
1984, are still used by the winery. Visitors will
JAXON reflects a passion for fine wine, family, enjoy the warm, old-fashioned atmosphere
May 6&7, 20&21 Hours:
friends and the bounty of Southern Oregon’s of the tasting room featuring premium
June 3&4, 17&18 produce. The 15 acre property showcases 8 Monday-Thursday, noon-7pm
estate wines and gourmet items. The quaint
July 1&2, 15&16 classic varietals but also highlights the diversity Friday,11am-9pm setting notwithstanding, RoxyAnn adheres
August 5&6, 19&20 of fruit that can be grown in the Rogue Valley’s Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm to enlightened sustainable farming practices
September 2&3, 16&17 wonderful climate. In the park-like setting, and employs state-of-the-art methods in wine
enjoy a game of horseshoes or bocce ball, relax Varietals: production, supporting preservation of the
October Harvest party TBA beneath a vine-covered pergola, walk the vines Cabernet Franc natural surroundings while ensuring the finest
or stroll garden paths, plucking a taste of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and superior wines. The tasting room is
Varietals:
ripening raspberries, figs or other fruit you may open seven days a week.
Cabernet Franc encounter along the way. Chardonnay
Chardonnay Claret
Grenache Malbec
Malbec Merlot
Syrah Pinot Gris
Tempranillo Pinot Noir
Viognier Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir Syrah
Proprietary Blends Tempranillo
Rosés Viognier

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PEBBLESTONE CELLARS STONERIVER VINEYARD
ROGUE VALLEY

PEBBLESTONE CELLARS is entering a new STONERIVER VINEYARD is in the heart of
phase, as the oldest vines on the Ellis Vineyards the Bear Creek Valley on historic Brookbank
estate approach twenty years of age. A new Orchards, one of Oregon’s earliest-registered
logo, consisting of an old vine planted in the farms. The property has a long history, dating
rocky soils of an ancient alluvial fan, reflects back to the early 1900s, of producing some
the mature character of the vineyard. It also of the valley’s most exceptional and mouth-
marks the evolution of the enterprise Dick and watering fruit. StoneRiver Vineyard is located
Pat Ellis began when they started producing in a beautiful countryside setting mid-way
estate wines in 2004. By 2006, those wines between Ashland and Medford on the west side
were on the market as Pebblestone Cellars and of I-5. Take Talent Exit 21 and follow the signs.
the Ellises were holding tastings on their back Step into our tasting room and you will
Pebblestone Cellars porch. Next came the opening of the cottage immediately feel the warmth of Old-World
tasting room on Camp Baker Road in 2010. StoneRiver Vineyard
New Tasting Room charm infused with a unique sense of being
2178 Pioneer Road
1670 Pioneer Road In December, 2016, their spacious new Tasting at home. Our tasting room is housed in a
Room on Pioneer Road was completed. It is Talent OR 97540 converted wood barn, which for most of the
Talent OR 97540
situated on the south end of the property where 541-864-9234 last century, was used as the Pioneer Orchards
541-512-1655
visitors may enjoy views of Wagner Butte and stonerivervineyard.com country store. It has a casual atmosphere that is
pebblestonecellars.wine Mount Ashland. The vineyard plantings have second-to-none in the valley. Don’t just come
expanded over the last three years to now Hours: for the wine, we also have a vintage, free-to-play
Hours: include Malbec, Albarino and Grenache. juke box, awesome board games, a player piano,
May-October,
April-November, and even a shuffleboard!
Amid the changes, what has remained constant Wednesday-Monday, Noon-6pm
Daily except Tuesdays, noon-5pm is the superior quality of Pebblestone wines. StoneRiver Vineyard has an amazing variety
Closed Tuesday
For over ten years, they have produced well- of wines for every palate. Come experience
December, see website balanced, aromatic whites and structured red November-April, breathtaking scenery, friendly people and
wines of distinction. Recent accolades include Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm wicked good wine. See you soon!
January-March,
“Best of Show” awards for their Viognier at the
Weekends, noon-5pm 2013, 2015 and 2016 Oregon Wine Experience. Varietals:
And, at the San Francisco Wine Competition,
Varietals: they were awarded “Best of Class” for Viognier in
Chardonnay
Albarino 2016 and “Double Gold” for Tempranillo in 2017. Pinot Gris
Cab Franc Grenache
Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah
Grenache Rosé Viognier
Malbec Roussanne
Melange-Bordeaux Blend Petite Sirah
Merlot Cab Franc
Pinot Gris Pinot Noir
Syrah Tempranillo
Tempranillo Crimson Blend
Viognier Amethyst Blend

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TRIUM

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TRIUM is a Latin term meaning, “of the three,”
reflective of the three classic Bordeaux varietals:
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet
Franc. These comprise the core varietals
for Trium’s flagship wine, Growers’ Cuvée.
The Trium label, with its reproduction of a
sixteenth-century woodcut depicting a vineyard
worker, speaks to the hard work in the vineyard
that pays off in the glass and to the owners’
dedication and uncompromising standards
from planting to bottling.
Since 2003, the Lotspeich family has selected
part of the harvest from their 17-acre Pheasant
Vineyard for Trium wines, a boutique label
of no more than one thousand cases per year.
Trium’s flagship vintage is Growers’ Cuvée, a
proprietary Bordeaux blend that has regularly
garnered awards since its first bottling.
Visitors to the estate tasting room, a pleasant Winemaking • Cold Storage • Wine Lab Services
nook perched at the top of the hill overlooking
the vines, will likely meet Laura Lotspeich. A NAUMES CRUSH & FERMENTATION is Southern Oregon’s newest,
typical member of a wine-producing family, state-of-the-art custom crush winemaking facility, available to vinify
Laura is part agricultural worker and part your quality wines your customers will love. Your grapes deserve the
Trium connoisseur, equally at home driving a tractor
7112 Rapp Lane or describing the palate notes of a vintage in the
best… bring them to Naumes Crush and let us do the rest.
Talent OR 97540 glass. It only takes one sip of Trium to discover Naumes Crush offers extensive cold storage for your grapes. If you’re
541-535-4015 how well this family does it all. ready to pick but the winery isn’t ready due to resources/labor, weather
​triumwines.com conditions, or any other reason, cold storage can be an invaluable
solution. Naumes provides the flexibility to get your fruit off the vines,
Hours: process fruit cold, at your convenience and to consolidate multiple days
April 1-October 30th, of picking for a shipment... whether the winery is ready or not!
Thursday-Monday, 11am-5:30pm
Naumes Crush also offers comprehensive laboratory services for
Varietals: analyzing your vineyard, juice, must and wine samples. Receive
Cabernet Franc accurate results without the delay of shipping, at much lower costs
Cabernet Sauvignon than leading wine labs.
Merlot For more details, email info@naumescf.com or call 541-608-1721
Pinot Gris and visit www.naumescf.com for testimonials from satisfied customers.
Rosé
Viognier 541-608-1721 • 1311 N. Central Ave • Medford
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featuring an iconic 105-year-old farmhouse
tasting room, the family carefully selected a
southern-facing slope to plant 30 acres to 17
varietals. With spectacular mountain views,
Agate Ridge hosts a variety of fun events during
Agate Ridge Vineyard the year including the music series, “Rockin at
1098 Nick Young Road the Ridge,” “Bonfire Fridays,” vineyard dinners,
Eagle Point OR 97524 plein air art classes, and celebrations. See the
541-830-3050 website for a full list of winery events.
agateridgevineyard.com Taking pride in producing exclusively-estate
wines, winemaker Matt Cates alongside the
Hours: family has total creative control from vine to
Friday, Saturday & Sunday wine. The unique microclimate and volcanic
soils provide the foundation for the caliber of
11am-5pm, through April fruit that allows Agate Ridge to have produced
Daily, noon-6pm highly-esteemed, award-winning wine for over
May-October a decade. Several wines that recently medaled
at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Varietals: Competition include a 2012 Viognier (Double
Cabernet Sauvignon Gold), 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Gold)
Malbec and a 2010 Black Sticky Dessert Wine.
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DEL RIO VINEYARDS KRISELLE CELLARS

UPPER ROGUE
DEL RIO VINEYARDS is both a place deeply KRISELLE CELLARS is all about inspiration.
rooted in history and a winery reflecting the The 30-acre vineyard and tasting room are
latest in viticulture and enology. The tasting sited on a south-facing slope overlooking the
room was built in 1864 and served for many ranchland between the Upper Table Rock
years as the Rock Point Stage Hotel. The parcel Plateau and the Rogue River.
of land that comprises one of the largest wine- The vineyard is comprised of alluvial soils
growing operations in the Rogue Valley was a studded with round river stones that inspire the
payment to the original owner for his service wine label with its embossed silver wine bottle
in the Rogue Indian Wars. The big red building emerging from the soil, expressing Kriselle
displaying the Del Rio name that today houses Cellars’ dedication to the land.
the winery began as the fruit packinghouse of
Del Rio Orchards. The tasting room crowning the hill and
overlooking the vineyard is in Grand Lodge-
Del Rio’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon, style and features a soaring roofline and
Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot breathtaking views. A great-room fireplace and
Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Viognier reflect outdoor fire-pit keep the atmosphere warm and
the time-honored traditions of Old World Kriselle Cellars inviting any time of year.
winemaking blended with New World 12956 Modoc Road
innovation by winemaker Jean-Michel Kriselle Cellars' owner and winemaker, Scott
White City OR 97503 Steingraber, produces award-winning varietals
Del Rio Vineyards Jussiaume. At the recent 2017 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition, the 2015 Pinot
541-830-VINO (8466) and distinctive blends including Cabernet
52 N River Road
Gris received a Double Gold medal and the NV krisellecellars.com Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec, Sauvignon
Gold Hill OR 97525 Blanc, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier.
Jolee Rosé took a Gold medal.
541-855-2062 Spring Hours:
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year at Be sure and explore Kriselle Cellars' award-
delriovineyards.com Beginning April 1st, winning wines—their 2013 Di’tani recently
Del Rio Vineyards. With spring, comes new
endeavors from the planting of 160 acres on the Daily, 11am-5:30pm, with some received a Double Gold medal at the Northwest
Hours: Wine Competition and the 2015 Viognier took
new Birdseye property to launching an elegant extended evening hours
Daily, 11am-5pm new look. The first wine to dawn the new label Double Gold at the Oregon Wine Awards and
is the 2016 Estate-Grown Grenache Rosé! In Check our website or Facebook San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Varietals: May, join the celebration of Oregon wine with page for updates Kriselle Cellars welcomes you to enjoy a
Cabernet Franc weekly music at the tasting room and a locavore sampling of their food and wine pairing
Cabernet Sauvignon dinner on May 20. And, on Friday, June 16, the Varietals: options. Cheese plates are available with your
Chardonnay highly-popular summer concert series begins! Cabernet Franc wine experience daily, and on Saturdays and
Claret Cabernet Sauvignon Sundays, you can savor one of the wood-fired
Malbec pizzas, crafted to complement their wines.
Malbec
Merlot Red Blends (Di'tani and S/CS)
Muscat Rosé
Pinot Gris Sangiovese
Pinot Noir Sauvignon Blanc
Syrah Tempranillo
Viognier Viognier

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Caprice Vineyards Shafer Ln
(0.7 miles) Caprice Vineyards / Pg 35
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Vineyard 970 Old Stage Road
238 Central Point OR 97502

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CAPRICE VINEYARDS

Walker Creek Farm

$899,000
670 Old Stage Road, Jacksonville
5 BR | 3.5 BA | 3614 SF | 2.56 Irrig Acs
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 7-acre vineyard. Since bottling their
first 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, offerings have
expanded to include Chardonnay, Viognier,
Gewurztraminer and Claret—all made in

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small quantities with special attention to the
character of estate fruit produced by vines
nearly thirty years old.
Inside the tasting room or outside on the patio,
visitors may enjoy Caprice wines accompanied
by snack plates of assorted meats, cheeses,
olives and crackers. You’ll also want to browse
Caprice Vineyards the boutique featuring a selection of unique
970 Old Stage Road and beautiful alpaca fiber sweaters, hats, gloves, Jacksonville Country Farmhouse

$949,000
scarves and hand-spun yarns—great for holiday
Central Point OR 97502 shopping. For hands-on fabric craft enthusiasts,
541-499-0449 Caprice offers fiber arts classes and displays
capricevineyards.com of spinning, weaving, knitting and felting. See 728 Old Stage Rd, Jacksonville
the website for details. Into fall, a weekly live 3 BR | 4 BA | 3456 SF | 3.38 Irrig Acres
Hours: music series, "Music Under the Arbor," offers-
March-December, up talented, local musicians performing under
Thursday-Monday, noon-5pm Caprice’s vine-covered arbor.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday And of course, animal lovers will want to visit
Sandy J. Brown
the alpacas. CELL: 831.588.8204
Live music series May-September sandyjbrown@gmail.com
every Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm OFFICE: 541.734.0043

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36 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017
DAISY CREEK VINEYARD

DAISY CREEK VINEYARD owners Russ and élan guest suites & gallery
Margaret Lyon came to Jacksonville in 1994
looking for a place similar to the Northern pure panache!
Rhone Valley’s famous Côte Rotie, (roasted
slope) the perfect place to grow Syrah and
Viognier. On a 23-acre tract where fortune- {541} 899 8000
seekers once panned Daisy Creek for gold, 245 west main street, jacksonville
the Lyons planted a couple of acres of vines. (one block to britt)
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washed down from the Siskiyou Mountains by elanguestsuites.com
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
Daisy Creek Vineyard
the property and produces eight wine grape
varietals that include Viognier, Marsanne, Fine dining
675 Shafer Lane
Jacksonville OR 97530
Roussanne, Riesling white wines, and Malbec,
Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. in the heart of
541-899-8329
daisycreekwine.com
Virtually all the single vintage varietals have
won medals at prestigious competitions
wine country
including the San Francisco Chronicle
Hours: Wine Competition, Sunriver Sunfest, Savor
May-October, Northwest, Greatest of the Grape and the
Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm Oregon Wine Experience.
November-April, Closed When the tasting room re-opens in early May
for the season, the Lyons are delighted to offer
Varietals: visitors a tasting and might even point-out
Whites: the location of the remains of a slurry mine, a
reminder of the old-timers who came seeking
Double Play Blend gold. Most of them never found any. Margaret
Marsanne and Russ certainly did.
Riesling
Roussanne
Triple Play Blend
Viognier
Reds:
Lyon Red Blend
Malbec
Merlot
Gogi’s Restaurant
Petit Verdot Dinner~Wednesday-Sunday 5-9p
Sunday Brunch~10a-1p 235 W Main Street, Jacksonville
Reservations: 541-899-8699 www.gogisrestaurant.com

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DANCIN VINEYARDS & WINERY

Findthe
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Anywhere Else. science and art. The pairing of fine wines with
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and Cindy.
OPEN DAILY Within a year of their storybook meeting
in 1995, Dan and Cindy (DANCIN) began
researching wine and viticulture at UC Davis.
Twelve years later, they discovered a perfect plot of
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land nestled in the forested foothills of Southern
Oregon, just outside of the gold rush community
COOKING & WINE...A PERFECT BLEND of Jacksonville. With its northwest facing slope,
it would become the perfect terroir for growing
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a sense of place.
Planted to seven distinct clones of Pinot Noir
and four different clones of Chardonnay,
the vineyards are meticulously maintained,
It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine. making every effort to achieve vine balance.
- Brian O’Donnell, Belle Pente Winemaker At the point of perfect ripeness, each cluster
is hand-harvested and sorted, first in the
DANCIN Vineyards & Winery vineyard, and then twice more on the crush
4477 South Stage Road pad. Their limited-production, exquisite Pinot
Medford OR 97501 Noirs, Chardonnays and other varietals are
541-245-1133 hand-crafted in their gravity-flow winery,
dancinvineyards.com using minimalist, old-world techniques that
complement the practices in the vineyard.
Hours: Situated just minutes from Ashland, Medford
October-April: and Jacksonville, the Tasting Room is the
Thursday-Sunday, noon-7pm perfect setting to drink in the views of the Table
Rocks, Mt McLoughlin and the Rogue Valley
May-September: while savoring award-winning, estate-grown
wines along with artisan wood-fired pizzas and
Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm much more… all served tableside!
Or by appointment
Varietals:
The perfect end to a day Chardonnay
in the Applegate Valley Barbera
Pinot Noir
525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
www.theschoolhaus.com Port
541.899.1000 Syrah

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QUADY NORTH
Pony Espresso Café
The perfect place to begin your
wine country adventure.

Breakfast and lunch all day, everyday.
Perfect picnic: wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads. QUADY NORTH’s Jacksonville tasting room is
Fresh, from scratch cooking and baked goods. located in a charming brick building, reckoned
Draft beer, kombucha, local wines, great coffee. by some to be the old telephone exchange, at
the corner of 5th and California Streets. The
Beautifully remodeled deck seating. modest premises belie the big wines inside.
Convenient drive-thru pick up.
Quady North is the name of Herb Quady’s
Also in Ashland. Applegate Valley wine venture, a scion of his
parents’ Fresno area Quady Winery. Quady
545 N. 5th St. | Jacksonville Open everyday until 5pm 541-899-3757
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North is known for big, bold Bordeaux and
www.ponyespressojville.com 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
Excellence Quady North
truly-compelling wines were being made from
grapes grown in cooler areas. In 2005, the

in the Heart 255 California Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
family planted their first 15 acres of Syrah,
Cabernet Franc and Viognier on an Applegate
Restaurant, Hotel & Wine Shop
of Jacksonville 541-702-2123
quadynorth.com
Valley hillside. Today there are eight vineyards,
with two in the Rogue Valley, and the list of
varietals has expanded to include Grenache,
“MOST ROMANTIC INN Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot. Quady
Hours: North is committed to producing small lot,
IN OREGON”
Gerry Frank, Portland Oregonian Memorial Day-Labor Day minimally-handled wines sourced primarily
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm from the estate. The focus remains premium
“BEST OF AWARD OF Monday, noon-5pm Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what
EXCELLENCE” Herb Quady calls his “love triangle.” Quady
Wine Spectator, Labor Day-Memorial Day North, now entering their 10th vintage, recently
(one of just 600 worldwide) Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm received several 90+ point scores from leading
publications such as Vinous, Wine Advocate,
“ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP 50 Monday, noon-5pm Wine Enthusiast and more.
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Varietals:
Cabernet Franc
Grenache
2013 2014
Marsanne
Merlot
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Jacksonville, Oregon 97530 Syrah
P: 541-899-19001 • 800-321-9344
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SOUTH STAGE CELLARS

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS is housed in a
charming, historic building with a magical,
expansive, shaded wine garden, making the
perfect place to enjoy a dazzling array of
fine wines made by a number of outstanding
Oregon winemakers. Don and Traute Moore of
Jacksonville Company
Quail Run Vineyards are among the pioneers Where style meets elegance.
of Southern Oregon’s grape industry. Over 25
years ago, they introduced many new varieties

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of wine grapes from around the world while www.jacksonvillecompany.com
their vineyards increased to include 18 different
sites throughout the Rogue Valley.
Second generation, son and owner, Michael
Moore, now manages the vineyard operations.
South Stage Cellars He continues to expand and improve Quail
Run Vineyards through numerous viticultural
125 South Third Street experiments and innovations, providing
Jacksonville OR 97530 sustainably-grown LIVE certified grapes
541-899-9120 for their estate label and over 30 wineries
southstagecellars.com throughout Oregon.
The “South Stage Cellars” label offers 28
Spring/Summer Hours: varieties of award-winning wines. Labels from
Open 7 days a week. other Oregon wineries are also available on-

An Expansive Selection
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sunday, 1-7pm site, all made exclusively from Quail Run fruit.
Wed, Fri, Sat, Live Music, 1-8pm The wonderful variety of wine flavors can be
accompanied by gourmet cheese, sausage or
Wednesday Wine & Dine, 6-8pm smoked salmon plates, available daily. SSC offers
Saturday Sip 'n Supper, 6-8pm twice-a-week dinners, live music and unique
wine education programs throughout the year.
Sharing a bottle of wine with friends
Some of our 28 Varietals: and family is truly one of life’s simple
Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find the tasting
Albariño room staff warm and well-informed, the ambience pleasures. At Ray’s Food Place we have
Cabernet Sauvignon informal and friendly, and the wines incomparable. an expansive wine selection which
Chardonnay
includes high quality, hand-selected
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Petit Sirah local and regional wines. Explore our
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where agriculture
meets artistry

Join us for our Spring
Uncorked Barrel Tour
Sunday, May 21 - 11am to 5pm
Enjoy 18 wineries, appetizers, tastings and fun at this
self-paced wine tour event. Tickets are $49 each and
include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass.Visit
our website for tickets and more information.

Distinctive from land to glass.
From lush valley floors to steep, terraced hillsides, vineyards are planted

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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
DEVITT WINERY LONGSWORD VINEYARD

DEVITT WINERY began as the logical answer LONGSWORD VINEYARD offers an
to a sticky problem. In 2003, Jim Devitt had unforgettable slice of Southern Oregon wine
harvested a bumper crop of grapes from his culture. Family-owned, operated, and farmed,
vineyard; the only fly in the ointment was there LongSword specializes in unique wines as
was no home for his grapes. Having owned complex as they are enjoyable. The LongSword
and operated Pope Valley Winery in the Napa family prides itself on serving its exceptional
Valley during the 1970s and '80s, the solution wines in a relaxed, informal atmosphere that
was to build a winery and return to the wine speaks to both wine aficionados and wine
business. So Devitt Winery in the Applegate novices alike. Located in the heart of the
Valley was born. Applegate Valley, both the tasting room and
Today the vineyard that originally consisted patio offer stunning panoramic views of the
of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet surrounding Cascade, Siskiyou, and Coastal
Sauvignon has flourished to further include, mountain ranges, enhancing a truly delightful
Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Viognier. wine tasting experience.

Recently, Jim’s grandson Brendon Butler took Spring is always an exciting time at LongSword
over winemaking duties, insuring that a new Vineyard. The warm air heralds the return of
generation continues in the family footsteps of the many paragliders and hanggliders who take
quality winemaking that Jim began. flight from Woodrat Mountain and land in
front of the tasting room, providing wonderful
At Devitt Winery there is no pretension, or live entertainment. Longer days also provide
frills. Visitors will find a fine wine experience LongSword Vineyard ample opportunities to meet the many animals
that harkens back to the days of the small 8555 Hwy 238 that call LongSword home, including a flock of
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wine producers. For the Devitt family, it’s 28 Plymouth barred rock chickens, four Pilgrim
Jacksonville OR 97530
Devitt Winery & Vineyards about growing exceptional fruit and making geese, and three resident Babydoll Southdown
extraordinary wine and having a sense of 541-899-1746
11412 Hwy 238 rams: Hawking, Einstein, and Newton.
humor in the bargain. So don’t be surprised LongSwordVineyard.com
Jacksonville OR 97530 that the wine list includes a Rosato called, This spring, LongSword is excited to offer
541-899-7511 “The Butler Did It,” a dessert wine dubbed, Hours: new varietals including a surprisingly dry and
devittwinery.com “When Pigs Fly, Le Petit Oink” or in tribute to a Daily, noon-5pm deliciously floral, Gewürztraminer as well as a
deceased pet, “Aggie Dog Red.” Despite names richly bold Syrah. In May, LongSword will be
Hours: that are occasionally silly, the Devitt standard May 13th Spring Kite Festival hosting its second annual Spring Launch Party on
Daily, noon-5pm for wines of exceptional quality is quite the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend, featuring
June 17-24 Rat Race National
serious…but also fun. the Rogue Valley Windchasers kite-flying club. In
Paragliding Competition June, fans of the paragliders won’t want to miss
Varietals:
the annual National Rat Race Competition,
Cabernet Franc Varietals: which will take place June 17th-24th.
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Merlot Gerwurtztraminer
Pinot Noir Merlot
Syrah Sparkling Chardonnay
Tempranillo Sparkling Rosé
Viognier Syrah

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RED LILY VINEYARDS
the
Very Best
Places to Stay

RED LILY VINEYARDS is a boutique, family-
owned winery in the beautiful Applegate Valley,
specializing in classic Spanish wines, including
Tempranillo and Verdejo. Red Lily is named for
Bolander’s Lily, a rare species of red lily growing
in the nearby Siskiyou Mountains, and for the
owner’s daughter, Lily.
Red Lily’s winery and tasting room are located Check-out our website for wine tasting packages:
in an idyllic setting on the banks of the
Applegate River with an amazing riverside countryhouseinns.com
beach, the site of their popular summer concert
series featuring rising local musical artists.
Red Lily features a rustic-chic tasting room, an
outdoor patio with gorgeous views of the valley,
a historic 80-year-old pole barn, expansive
grounds with lush grass areas dotted with picnic
tables, and charming indoor nooks where you
can relax and enjoy fabulous wines and food
offerings no matter the time of year or weather.
Red Lily offers an array of Spanish-inspired wines,
Red Lily Vineyards including their flagship Red Lily Tempranillo

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11777 Hwy 238 (2012 vintage DOUBLE GOLD at 2016 San
Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition).
Jacksonville OR 97530 The signature white wine is the Stargazer Breakfast All Day Sundays
541-846-6800 Verdejo—verdejo is a Spanish white grape
redlilyvineyards.com relatively unknown in the U.S. that produces
amazingly complex and layered wines. For
Hours: something different, try the 2014 Night School
November 1-April 30th, port-style dessert wine, a DOUBLE GOLD
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm winner at the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience.

May 1-October 31,
Daily, 11am-5pm
Varietals:
Graciano
Grenache
Tempranillo
Verdejo
Dessert Wines

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VALLEY VIEW WINERY SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS

VALLEY VIEW is an iconic name in the Rogue SCHMIDT FAMILY VINEYARDS was
Valley. Not only is it the name of Peter Britt’s established by Cal and Judy Schmidt on the
original Jacksonville winery, circa 1858, but it 75-acre Bennett Ranch in the Missouri Flat
also came to be the name of the first modern section of the Applegate Valley. In addition to a
winery in the Rogue Valley. Founded by Frank Luxe award as the best family-owned winery in
and Ann Wisnovsky, Valley View was bonded in Oregon, notable recent awards include Double
1978. Using fruit from his Applegate Valley estate, Gold medals for the 2013 Tempranillo, 2012
planted in 1972, Wisnovsky made Bordeaux Schmidt Family Vineyards Malbec & Merlot and Gold for the 2014 Albarino
varietals up until his death in 1980 when Valley 330 Kubli Road from Wine Press Northwest. At the 2017 San
View operations were passed on to Ann and sons. Grants Pass OR 97527 Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the
The thirty-seven-year-old winery is now 541-846-9985 2014 Reserve Chardonnay took Double Gold
operated by Mark and Michael Wisnovsky. and the 2015 Viognier took Silver.
sfvineyards.com
The vineyard has more than doubled in size A visit to the winery is a must—picture a classic
since the original planting and now includes Hours: craftsman structure nestled in sumptuous
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Daily, noon-5pm, all year gardens against magnificent mountain vistas
Tempranillo, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and you almost have it. You’ll marvel at the
Rousanne, Chardonnay and Syrah. Wines have including Kitchen casually-elegant main tasting room, with
been made by UC Davis-trained enologist John soaring ceilings, stone fireplace and expansive
F. Guerrero since 1985. Wines offered at the
Friday Extended Hours, windows that let the outdoors inside. In the
Applegate Valley Wine Pavilion in Ruch include noon-8pm, Music from 5-8pm, barrel room mercantile, find wines for sale
Rogue Valley red and white blends, as well as Kitchen is open noon-7:30pm along with a selection of artisan clothing,
Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo, jewelry, wine accessories and more.
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Valley View Winery Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Varietals & Blends: With two tasting rooms, covered stone patios
1000 Upper Applegate Road Franc and a Port-style dessert wine bottled Albarino and lush gardens, relax with a glass of wine
Jacksonville OR 97530 under the premium Anna Maria label. Barbera while enjoying an antipasto plate or pizza or
541-899-8468 Cabernet Franc calzone from the outdoor wood-fired pizza
valleyviewwinery.com Cabernet Sauvignon oven. This Spring and Summer, don’t miss the
sumptuous Mother’s Day celebration on May
Chardonnay
Hours: 14 and the Father’s Day Car Show on June 18, a
Malbec benefit for Canine Angels.
Daily, 11am-5pm
Merlot No matter the time of year, Schmidt is simply
Varietals: Pinot Gris delightful!
Cabernet Franc Pinot Noir
Cabernet Sauvignon Riesling
Chardonnay Rosés
Pinot Noir Sauvignon Blanc
Riesling Syrah
Syrah Vermentino
Tempranillo Viognier
Viognier Zinfandel

46 SOUTHERN OREGON WINE SCENE / SPRING 2017
SCHULTZ WINES SERRA VINEYARDS

SCHULTZ WINES is the label associated with SERRA VINEYARDS winery & tasting
Glory Oaks Vineyard & Farm, a new venue in room sits on an 80-acre estate located on the
the Applegate Valley. Glory Oaks is a long way Applegate Valley's famed Kubli Bench. With
from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where owners over 30 acres under vine, Krissa and Scott
Greg and Debbie Schultz took their first steps Fernandes annually produce 1000+ cases
toward becoming viticulturists. Their journey of wine showcasing estate-grown Viognier,
began with a few classes on wine at Louisiana Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet
State University that sparked a tasting trip to Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah.
Southern Oregon. It was love at first sight. Greg The result, as expressed by the array of medals
and Debbie were enchanted by the beauty of Serra Vineyards wines receive from both
the land, the friendliness of the people, and national and international wine competitions
the opportunities in the wine industry. Schultz throughout the year, is a flight of medal-
Wines was established in 2010 and their wines winning wines for all of our guests! Recently,
have been made by Linda Donovan and her Serra won Gold for their 2014 Tempranillo
talented team at Pallet Wine Company ever since. at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine
The first bottling of Schultz Wine was a 2010 Competition and “best of class” medals for
Chardonnay that won a gold medal at the 2011 their 2011 Pinot Noir and 2012 Cabernet
World of Wine competition. Not long after, Sauvignon at the Seattle Wine Competition.
Schultz Wines
while hiking the Enchanted Forest Trail, they Open 7 days-a-week, year-round, Serra
755 Slagle Creek Rd found a “for sale” sign on the property that Vineyards is a picnic, pet and family-friendly
Grants Pass OR 97527 would become Glory Oaks. Tempranillo and destination with legendary views of the
541-414-8448 Malbec are now planted and the existing ranch vineyards below and the infinite, surrounding

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schultzwines.com house has been converted into a tasting room Serra Vineyards mountain ranges. Serra Vineyards boasts one
offering stunning views of the vineyard and 222 Missouri Flat Road of the most spectacular settings in Southern
Hours: valley. The tasting room offers Pinot Noir, with Grants Pass OR 97527 Oregon and one of the nicest patio decks in
Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm fruit sourced from the Willamette Valley, and the Applegate Valley! Offering something
541-846-9223
Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Pinot for everyone, come enjoy our local artisan
and by appointment Gris and red dessert wine with fruit sourced serravineyards.com marketplace, local craft brews and regular
from the Applegate Valley. Bring a picnic foodie flights & instant picnic menu!
As a family business, we have Hours:
lunch and enjoy deck-seating with views of the As Serra Vineyards is a must-see on your
occasional closures. Please check our surrounding hills and valleys, and the sounds of Daily, 11am-5pm
winery tour, we invite you to come experience
website or Facebook page for details. birds and the creek. It’s the perfect pairing—a
Varietals: our award-winning wines enhanced by true
great story and fine wines! Southern Oregon hospitality.
Varietals: Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot Malbec
Pinot Gris Merlot
Pinot Noir Pinot Noir
Syrah Tempranillo
Tempranillo Dessert Wine Syrah
Viognier Viognier

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TROON VINEYARD WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY & CRUSHPAD CREAMERY

TROON VINEYARD is an historic vineyard WOOLDRIDGE CREEK WINERY &
still on the cutting edge of winemaking. Planted CRUSHPAD CREAMERY is home to a winery,
in the Applegate Valley in 1972 by Southern vineyard, a creamery…and now a charcuterie!
Oregon wine pioneer Dick Troon, today they And, it’s a story about a place, a partnership
are still pioneers in search of the finest varieties and a plan. The place is a hillside vineyard deep
for our region. Troon’s goal is producing world- in the Applegate Valley winegrowing region
class wines, which in the last year, have received of Southern Oregon. The partnership arose
dozens of 90+ point reviews from wine critics between the couple who planted the vineyard
across the country. back in 1977 and the couple who wanted to
The Troon Vineyard is surrounded by the add a winery to that vineyard. The plan came
majestic Siskiyou Mountains and the pristine together in 2005 when the winery was built
beauty of the Applegate Valley. They focus and Wooldridge Creek vineyard became
on naturally-produced wines using natural Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Winery.
yeast fermentations and winemaking without The great thing is this: the formation of
additives from certified sustainable LIVE and the Wooldridge Creek team has stood the
Salmon Safe vineyards. Everything at Troon test of time. It continues to make sense and
is dedicated to making truly memorable and Wooldridge Creek Winery make exceptional vintages. The original 18-
exciting wines. & CrushPad Creamery acre vineyard has expanded to 56, planted to
In addition to stunning views from the tasting 818 Slagle Creek Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Troon Vineyard Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier,
room, you can relax and picnic on the patio Grants Pass OR 97527
1475 Kubli Road or in the garden, featuring a bocce ball court Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel, Malbec, Riesling and
541-846-6364
Grants Pass OR 97527 Tempranillo. The two couples are still committed
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and other games. You can also create your own wcwinery.com
541-846-9900 light picnic from their picnic bar. Troon’s goal is to the vision that brought them together. And the
plan has succeeded beyond belief.
troonvineyard.com creating a warm and welcoming experience for Hours:
all guests. The sustainably-designed winery offers
Daily, 11am-5pm
Hours: While many people first visit Troon for the unparalleled mountain and valley views—the
Daily, 11am-5pm incredible views, be assured that your second perfect spot to gather with friends. Today,
Varietals:
visit will be for the incredible wines. visitors can now sample cheeses and salami
Cabernet made on-site, making it the first combined
Appointments not required,
Chardonnay winery, creamery & charcuterie in Oregon!
except for large groups.
Gewurztraminer
Varietals: Malbec
Vermentino Merlot
Tannat Pinot Noir
Malbec Riesling
Syrah Sauvignon
Sangiovese Syrah
Tempranillo Tempranillo
Zinfandel Viognier
Creative Co-Ferments Zinfandel

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PLAISANCE RANCH VINEYARD & WINERY AUGUSTINO ESTATE & VINEYARD

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PLAISANCE RANCH traces its roots to a AUGUSTINO ESTATE is one of the newest
pioneering French vintner, Joseph Ginet, who tasting rooms to open. Located in O'Brien,
established a vineyard on Sterling Creek outside just west of Grants Pass in the Illinois Valley,
wine with all foods or as an aperitif.This brilliantly
where the Ginet family originated. Enjoy this elegant
red grape grown in the Savoie region of France
from the grape variety Mondeusé. It is the major
This brilliantly colored, heavy bodied wine is made

VINTAGE 2014 Jacksonville in the 1890’s called “Plaisance Augustino Estate is unlike any tasting room in
Orchards.” Along with selling grapes and grape Southern Oregon. Surrounded by mountains
Mondeuse plant starts, he produced various orchard fruits. and bordered by a rushing river, Augustino’s
In 1998, a third-generation, Joe Ginet, grandson location offers a place to enjoy one of the most
of Joseph, with help from cousins from Savoie, unique tasting experiences anywhere on the
France, established the modern-day vineyard West Coast.
Plaisance Ranch
CONTAINS SULFITES
in the Williams Valley, planting 18 varieties and
ALC. 13.1% BY VOL. 750 ML
The new 1500 square foot “Treeloon” tasting
16955 Water Gap Rd. six rootstocks on 17 acres. room—a combination tree house/tasting room
Williams OR 97544 A winery with such a heritage could hardly be perched in the tree tops, offers guests a magical
541-846-7175 ordinary, evidenced by the slew of accolades location from which to relax and enjoy one
in 2016. Accolades include three consecutive of the region’s most incredible settings with
plaisanceranch.com stunning views. The Treeloon was recently
years of 90+ ratings from “The Wine Spectator.”
Plaisance Ranch also earned 91 points in the showcased on a 2016 episode of the DIY
Hours: network’s hit show, “The Treehouse Guys!”
Daily, noon-6pm “Wine Enthusiast,” took #5 on the Seattle
Times’ Top 50 Wines of the Pacific Northwest, The Augustino family’s 350-acre Rock’n R Ranch
Closed Tuesdays and captured a silver, two double golds and best has grown to include the new tasting room,
of show at the 2016 Oregon Wine Experience. Augustino Estate & Vineyard 50 acres of vineyard plantings, a wedding and
Join our email list for information special events venue, a Tipi Village, and an
on our 2017 "Wine Down" events! Winemaker Joe Ginet and his wife Suzi 320 Brown Road

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welcome visitors to their tasting room to taste 8-acre private lake with lakeside bar. Overnight
April 28 July 28 O’Brien OR 97534 cabin rentals will also be available in the near
wines produced according to family tradition.
May 26 August 18 They also produce certified organic grass-fed 541-596-2818 future, making for the perfect wine tasting get-
June 23 September 29 beef, so don’t be surprised if you leave with a augustinoestate.com away destination in the Illinois Valley! And, it’s
few pounds of premium beef in addition to a just a short drive away from majestic Redwood
Varietals: few bottles of exquisite wine. Hours: forests, several rivers and the Oregon/California
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm Coast, making this a must-visit wine tasting
Cabernet Franc Plaisance Ranch’s “Wine Downs” run from destination for anyone interested in tasting fine
Carmeneré Spring through Fall, including one on April 28, or by appointment wines in an exquisite, natural setting.
Chardonnay May 26 and June 23…featuring wine, music,
food and of course, fun! New Applegate location this Spring
Merlot
at old Bridgeview Tasting Room
Mondeusé
16995 N Applegate Road
Mourvèdre
Grants Pass OR 97527
Petite Sirah
Petite Verdot Varietals:
Pinot Noir Cabernet Sauvignon
Ranch Red Celebration White Blend
Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Noir
Syrah Syrah
Tempranillo
Viognier
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Harvest in España by KEVIN BRECK

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Reflections on my fall 2016 internship in the Ribera de Duero region of Spain

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I t’s fall in the Ribera de Duero region of Spain, and I’m here to work the crush at
Bodega Dominio de Cair. How, you might ask, did a 57-year-old “recovering”
lawyer find himself in Spain making wine? The answer is sadly mundane: midlife
crisis. After 25 years of practice, I wanted to do something completely different.
barrels. Reserva is aged for three years, with at least one year in oak. Gran Reserva
is aged five years, with at least 18 months in oak and 36 months in bottles.
The center of the Ribera is Aranda de Duero, a village of 33,000, two hours
by car from Madrid. The first historical reference to Aranda is in 1088 A.D. The
So, in September 2015, I enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at heart of the village is the historic walled Del Centro. The walled center is the
Southern Oregon Wine Institute (SOWI) in Roseburg. SOWI has a relationship quintessential Medieval village: 14th and 15th century churches, a Roman bridge,
with a local college in Aranda, San Gabriel Colegio, which had come about because narrow, winding cobblestone streets walled with shops, interspersed with small
Roseburg and Aranda have been sister cities since 2007. That relationship created plazas, and crowded with strolling inhabitants. People, young and old, walk
the opportunity that took me to Spain. everywhere here. During the warm months, restaurant and bar patrons crowd the
The Arranz family was my host in Aranda. Francisco (Paco) is a true character. sidewalks and plazas. Beneath the streets of Aranda is a warren of stone cellars,
He grew up in La Horra (population 300) and is retired from Michelin, the famous dug between the 12th and 17th centuries, originally to store food and wine. Some
tire company. His wife, Rosa, is from the Philippines and a homemaker. Maria are as deep as 40-50 feet below ground, and stretch over four miles. Although no
Rosa, their daughter, is enrolled in the Enology Program at San Gabriel. Most longer used for storage, they are still accessible via steep, worn stone stairs with
importantly, she was my guide and interpreter. When I arrived in Spain, I spoke no rough-hewn (and sometimes damp) walls.
Spanish and Paco spoke no English (both of which remained largely true when I The countryside around Aranda is dotted with tiny pueblos (villages). Many
left). There is no “Kevin” in Spanish, and Paco couldn’t pronounce my name. Thus, village residents have their own wine cellars, which have been in their families for
my name became, “Aye!” or occasionally, “Kiwi!” generations. These family cellars are built beneath small hillocks and are accessed
Dominio de Cair sits on a high hill outside Aranda. Its sleek stone and copper through low, heavy wooden doors set into the hillsides. Rising above the knolls are
exterior resembles a two-story wine barrel. Cair specializes in tempranillo made from cylindrical-fitted stone structures with holes near their conical tops—chimneys that
old vines grown on small parcels. Daniel Martinez is Cair’s talented winemaker. provide ventilation for the subterranean family wine cellars.
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The Ribera de Duero, one of 11 Spanish Denominations de Origen (DO), was The Ribera achieved its DO status in 1982, and is governed by a Consejo
named Wine Region of the Year in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The Ribera Regulador. The Consejo determines its geographic boundaries, permitted
runs approximately 70 miles east and west, and 22 miles north and south and takes varieties, maximum yield per acre (three tons) and alcoholic strength. The
its name from the Duero River, which flows east to west. Consejo issues a “debit card” to each viticultor (grower) member for each parcel.
The Ribera and Rioja regions are the ancestral homes of Tempranillo, (known When a viticultor drops off a load at a bodega, he or she presents the card, and
locally as Tinto del Pais or Tinto Fino) the predominant grape grown in the region. the weight of the load is deducted from the permitted total. During harvest,
Tempranillo in the Ribera is made in four styles. Joven (young) has little if any Consejo Observers are stationed at each bodega, to ensure that the delivered
wood aging. Crianza is aged for two years, with a minimum of six months in oak amounts do not exceed permitted amounts.

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Most of the vineyard parcels here are small. For example, Paco owns four parcels Processing begins when the grapes are dumped onto two sorting tables, then
totaling 8.6 acres. Cair harvests 247 acres of vineyard spread over 180 parcels. Of those move to the stemmer, and then to the shaker table, which separates the whole
247 acres, Cair owns 57. The rest are owned by nine different viticultors. Economies of grapes from the broken grapes and other detritus. A worm screw partially crushes
scale make commercial winemaking prohibitively expensive for small viticultors. Most, the grapes and moves them into a hose, where they are pumped into tanks. The
therefore, either sell their grapes to bodegas such as Cair, or form cooperativas, which resulting mix of grapes, skin and juice is called must. The skins and damaged grapes
make and sell the wine. Paco belongs to the Cooperativa Virgen de la Asunción. are pumped into separate tanks for eventual sale to other wineries.
Many of the vines around Aranda are old. Several of the parcels harvested by Cair At full swing, this is a frenetic ballet: a forklift unloads the crates from the
have vines as much as 100-years-old. The age of one small parcel was revealed in wagons and moves them to the scale and then into storage; at the same time, a
its obviously meandering rows. The explanation? They were laid out using horses! pallet jack moves pallets from storage to the sorting tables. At each sorting table,
While newer vines are often trained in the Espaldera style, (akin to Vertical Shoot one person empties crates onto the table while two people sort the grapes. At the
Positioning) the older vines are Vaso (goblet) trained. There are no poles or wires; same time, someone else is sampling the grapes for Baume. Another pallet jack
each vine is freestanding. The trunks are short and massive, typically with four or moves the empty crates to the washer. The cleaned crates are stacked on pallets and
more short arms radiating from the head. Sometimes the trunks sprawl for several loaded back onto the now-empty wagons.
feet across the ground. Shoots grow out and down to the ground, giving the plant Now to the must: after a cold soak, pump-overs maximize contact between
its goblet shape (to me, they look like open umbrellas). These old vines are very low the skins and the juice. Pump-overs are exactly what they sound like: the must is
producing; Cair’s most expensive wine, Pendón, is made from vines at least 80 years pumped through a pipe from the bottom of the tank to the top, and then dispersed
old, and only produce between 900-1,300 pounds per acre. This low production across the top of the must.
permits the vines to concentrate their sugars and flavor compounds into fewer Next comes the additions: Sulfur dioxide, which acts as a preservative and
grapes, giving their wine a greater intensity. prevents oxidation, is added to the must when it is first pumped into the tanks.
I began working at Cair on September 19 along with three other interns, all The winemaker may also choose to add tannins to fix and clarify the color, tartaric
fellow enology students: Maria Rosa, Maria de Pablo from Aranda, and Laura acid to preserve the wine and to improve aging, and yeast. Yeast is the kick-starter
Herraez from Segovia. We spent the first two weeks sampling Cair’s 180 parcels. for fermentation, which in turn is the engine that converts sugar into alcohol. Lest
Each morning we loaded the truck with water, plastic bags, maps, and interns, and you be concerned, all of these additives are already present in the grape or occur
set off. Finding the correct parcel sometimes naturally during fermentation.
felt like a scavenger hunt. The parcels are on Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one byproduct
unmarked dirt roads, and are themselves of fermentation. As CO2 forms, it causes the
unmarked. Often, the “parcel” was actually skins to rise to the top of the tank, forming
only five or six rows of a larger parcel, with no a sombrero (cap). Another byproduct of
visible delineation between them. fermentation is heat. During fermentation, the
At our busiest, we collected as many as 30 temperature of the must may rise to as much
samples in a day. Depending on the size of the as 68 degrees. The cap traps heat beneath it,
parcel, samples are collected from every few which can cause the must to overheat and kill
rows, and from 4-8 vines per row. The samples the yeast. To prevent this, the cap is “punched
collected from each parcel are combined, down” several times a day. For the tanks that
labeled and returned to the bodega. Back are so equipped, this is easily accomplished
at the bodega the samples are stored in the using pump-overs. Otherwise, punch downs
barrel room for an hour or so to bring their are done by hand using a punch down tool,
temperature down to 68°. which resembles a five-foot-long potato
Once the samples reach the desired masher. The tool is punched through the cap
temperature, each is run through a blender (which may be two to three feet thick) and
and strained. The strained juice is tested for then pulled back up to turn the cap.
Baume, pH and total acidity. Baume estimates During fermentation, the density and
the finished alcohol level in wine. The seeds Daniel Martinez (winemaker); Andrea Gil (enologist); Maria Rosa, the author. temperature of the must are tested twice daily.
are graded by color, and the juice is graded When density falls to 995 and residual sugar is
for color intensity. These indicators, along with visual observation and tasting, are below 2.0, (and the wine is considered dry) fermentation is complete.
tracked from week to week to determine when the grapes are ready to harvest. At Cair, it takes two tanks of must to produce one tank of finished wine. Once
We also kept a close eye on the weather. Weather occurring off the east coast of fermentation is complete, the juice in the two tanks is combined into one. The
the U.S. tends to make its way eastward across the Atlantic and then north along remaining must is pressed; the pressed juice will be sold to other wineries. The
the west coast of Spain. pomace, the solid remains of the skins and seeds, is discarded.
When the grapes are ready, the method of harvesting depends on whether The Campaña continued, with a few rain delays, for 16 days. Before harvest
the recipient is a bodega or cooperativa. At bodegas such as Cair, the grapes are began, Daniel had estimated a total yield of 385 tons. When the last crate was
harvested into small, stackable plastic crates, which are then loaded onto wagons weighed, the final tally was 578 tons. Every tank was full to the brim. In those 16
and delivered to the cellar. days, the vineyards changed color from bright, verdant green, to bronze, red and
At the cooperativas, the grapes are harvested into rubber baskets. The baskets are gold. At sunset, the angled rays gave the vineyards a burnished sheen.
dumped into a wagon hitched behind a tractor. Once full, the wagon is pulled to the
cooperativa. The entire load, tractor, wagon, and grapes, are weighed on a scale set into
the pavement. Next to the scale is a scale house. Protruding out of the roof is a mechanical
Photo captions, previous page:
arm with a sensor on the tip. While the grapes are still in the wagon, the arm dips into the
load and analyzes the grado, or alcohol content, which determines the price per kilo. The
1. Interns: the author, Maria Rosa Arranz, Maria de Pablo UMPQUA VALLEY
wagon is then driven to a hopper and dumped. The empty wagon and tractor return to 2. Maria Rosa, the author, Paco, Maria Arranz
the scale and are weighed again to derive the net weight of the grapes. 3. Dominio de Cair
In Spain, grape harvests are called Campañas (campaigns). At Cair, Campaña 4. Paco on his tractor
2016 began on October 5, with the arrival of the first wagonload. Upon arrival, 5. Arranz siblings at harvest
the crates are stacked on pallets and weighed. Each pallet is marked to identify the 6. Fermentation tanks (Depositos)
owner, the parcel, the number of crates, and the total number of pallets. They then
move either to cold storage or directly to the processing line.

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A GRAPE'S JOURNEY / DISTRIBUTION

by MJ DASPIT
Getting Wine Out
Into the World

A fter wine has been bottled, corked, foiled and labeled, the last part of the
grape’s journey is the all-important process of getting the finished product
to consumers. While Southern Oregon is growing more grapes and making more

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wine than ever before, local consumption is not growing fast enough to absorb it
all. This reality has resulted in wineries needing to get local wines to a larger local
consumer base and transport wines to larger urban areas across the country. So,
how do Southern Oregon wineries effectively expand their reach?
Wine Scene put this question to Mike Wisnovsky, whose father Frank Wisnovsky
planted the Rogue Valley’s first post-prohibition commercial vineyard and in 1978
founded Valley View Winery. When Mike and his brother Mark assumed control
of the family business, their distribution followed the “three tier” model, in which a
commercial distributor functioned as a middleman between the winery and retail
outlets. Several years ago, under pressure to lower prices to remain competitive with
national and international brands, Wisnovsky took on distribution himself, “riding
around in a truck and fighting to get my wines into the back door, then onto the
shelf and then onto the right shelf.” Wisnovsky increased sales of Valley View wines
dramatically, first by concentrating on grocery store placement, then expanding into
“on premise” restaurant sales. His use of the direct sales model was so effective that he
now handles distribution of four other brands in addition to Valley View.
Quady North Sales Manager Darius Price spoke of self-distribution as a strategy
that works well in an area focused on local terroir. “Restaurants prominently
display what they have from farms or creameries down the street.” Taking
advantage of that emphasis means offering local wines particularly suited to a
restaurant’s menu. “A chef might look at the price list and say, ‘What is this? Can I
try it?’ Being a direct supplier I can say “yes,” as opposed to a distributor who might
not be able to open up a bottle for people to try before they put it on their list or in
their shop.” Price pointed out that scarcely a day goes by in the tasting room that
he doesn’t have clients who first discovered a Quady North wine at a restaurant.
“Because I do the distribution, I know exactly what wines are at what place. They
may be drinking our 4-2-A Syrah at a restaurant in Medford, then they come into
our tasting room and I pour them a single-vineyard Syrah.”
Since the Rogue Valley attracts visitors from all over the world, having a
Southern Oregon wine at a local restaurant can develop a clientele for that wine
on the other side of the country or planet. Local wineries can address the issue of
Follow us to hear about what’s new! storage, fulfillment, transportation, and interstate distribution by using Oregon
Wine Services and Storage (OWS). A business that originated in McMinnville in
2001, OWS has operated a warehouse and shipping facility in Medford since June
2014. Manager Mark Sunderland talked about how the new facility can benefit
Southern Oregon wineries. “Some of our clients just use us for storage, since the
secure warehouse stays at a constant temperature of 57-58 degrees, and retrieve
wine as they need it.” The OWS warehouse is a “bonded facility,” meaning wines
can be held there, aging in-bottle, without any taxes being paid by the producer
until the wine leaves the premises, a financial strategy that can benefit the winery.
OWS also offers direct-to-consumer shipping of wines stored in the warehouse.
“The winery collects the money and we take care of the packaging and shipping,”
Sunderland explained. “We also have a trucking division. Our trucks are up and
down Interstate 5 from here to the Bay Area and to McMinnville every week.” From
there, OWS can take Southern Oregon wine literally anywhere in the country.
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