By Paul Gregutt
Published on August 27, 2021
Near its western border, the ocean-influenced climate favors white wines. As you venture east, it’s warmer and drier than the Willamette Valley, and it’s more diverse in its varieties.
“Rogue Valley winemakers are inclined to experiment in the vineyard and the winery. They have found notable success with Mediterranean and Iberian varieties. But don’t rule out the state’s standbys: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. All three thrive in the south, and many Oregon wines that are widely available depend upon Rogue Valley grapes.”