By Danielle Centoni
In southern oregon, it’s entirely possible to sip your wine-tasting flight with your feet in a river. It’s also possible to go both antiquing and jet-boating before you’re even hungry for lunch. And it’s also possible to sum up this ruggedly beautiful wine-growing region in just one word: diverse.
While the Willamette Valley excels at cool-weather varietals like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, the Southern Oregon AVA is the state’s vinous overachiever, growing all that and just about everything else. More than 70 varietals thrive here in the southwest corner of the state, from Albariño to Zinfandel, thanks to the diverse range of geography, topology and climate zones in the Umpqua and Rogue river valleys, where most of the grapes are grown. In fact, there are about as many wineries as there are microclimates—55 to be exact—and this wide range of wine styles is matched by the area’s many attractions.
Read more in Seattle Magazine: https://seattlemag.com/travel-outdoors/white-water-and-70-plus-wine-varietals-await-these-beautiful-river/