By Kerry Newberry
Southern Oregon wine country is hyped as the next big spot, and for good reason. A quick jaunt around the vineyards and tasting rooms reveals a region with distinct personality and bountiful wild beauty. It’s home to Crater Lake, the state’s only national park, and the roaring Rogue River where you can spot adrenaline-fueled rafters, kayakers and fly-fishing enthusiasts from near and far.
You’ll also find Ashland’s internationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the home of Rogue River Blue, the first American cheese to win World’s Best Cheese at the 2019/2020 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy.
Add in the mountain peaks, bristling pines and generous sunshine and it’s no wonder so many are drawn to plant roots in the area. After researching options in California’s Monterey County and the Sierra foothills, Dan and Cindy Marca, the owners of DANCIN Vineyards, decided to head north to Oregon and establish their vineyard, DANCIN.