If Oregon’s Rogue Valley could talk, it would tell stories of the ancestral homes of Native Athabascan, Takelma and Shastan tribes who traveled seasonally from the valley floor to the high mountains for the resources they needed; of the gold-rush days and the Oregon Trail pioneers who established the National Historic Register towns that welcome visitors today. You’d also hear tales about early winemaking pioneers who planted some of Oregon’s first Pinot Noir vineyards and now cultivate more than 40 varieties of grapes — everything from your super-luxurious, 95-point Syrah to an easy-drinking, Tuesday-evening Rosė for every season.
The more than two dozen wineries and tasting rooms of the Rogue Valley AVA today are organized into four self-guided routes for your touring fun. With easy access off Interstate 5 for and U.S. Highway 101 on the Oregon and California coast, the Rogue Valley is a short road trip away — full of wide-open spaces and socially distanced tasting rooms. Order a free map today to plan your trip along the Upper Rogue trail, the Jacksonville trail, the Southern Rogue Valley trail or the Applegate Valley AVA trail. These winegrowing regions are incredibly diverse, with a mix of warm- and cool-weather climates and soils for distinct terroirs. And those landscapes are pretty great eye candy, too.
Don’t forget those boots, snowshoes and sunglasses, as you’ll likely be spending a lot of time outdoors since Rogue Valley Wine Country sits in the heart of Southern Oregon’s top destinations, including Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, Table Rocks, and the arts, culture and dining hot spot of Ashland and laid-back concerts in Jacksonville. In between sipping those world-class wines, you’ll be hiking world-class trails and fishing world-class rivers. As the locals say, you can indeed have wine with everything.
When you visit, forget about crowded tasting rooms, lines and big tour groups. Our small, friendly, family-owned wineries are open for business with COVID safety protocols in place. Join them for a fireside chat. Lose yourself in the breathtaking mountain and valley views while nestled in a blanket next to a firepit. Let your stress melt away as you soak up a sky full of pink, purple and orange-hued sunsets. Getting here is a breeze — consider flying into the Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford, which serves travelers from Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver and Portland, among other Northwest cities. And don’t forget, Oregon Wines Fly Free for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members.
Perhaps the biggest reason to visit is that Rogue Valley Wine Country feels like a giant family. Winemakers frequently collaborate with each other, and they pitched in this fall to help build back the hardest-hit communities after the recent wildfires. Generous donations from dozens of wineries through Rogue Valley Wine Country Cares raised thousands of dollars to support local families and wine industry members needing help getting back on their feet after the fires.
Welcome to Rogue Valley Wine Country. We think you’ll like it here.