By Joseph V Micallef
The Rogue Valley AVA was established in 1991 and covers 1.14 million acres, 4,860 of which have vineyards. The Applegate Valley is an AVA largely within the Rogue Valley AVA. Both AVAs are included within the larger southern Oregon AVA.
The region is 225-miles south of Portland and 55 miles from the Pacific Ocean It extends to the California border. This is the driest and warmest of southern Oregon’s wine producing regions, with many areas exhibiting a Mediterranean like climate. The cooler western areas have more maritime influences. The Medford-Ashland area has a Bordeaux like climate.