New York Times: The Applegate Valley Offers Oregon Winemakers a Quiet Place to Experiment

Despite charming pockets of green and pretty country roads, the area can often seem rather flat and plain, though the Siskiyou Mountains rise gently to the west. Nonetheless, belying the often repeated notion that great wine regions must have great views, the Applegate Valley is home to some compelling wines.

The region’s elevation, 1,000 to 2,000 feet above sea level, allows for dramatic temperature shifts between warm, dry days and cool nights, permitting a long, balanced ripening season. The gravelly, loamy, often granitic soils drain well, and are a welcoming terrain for the wide variety of grapes that are grown there.