SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — The rugged, heavily forested Rogue Valley, surrounding the cities of Medford and Ashland in southern Oregon, is very much a frontier wine region. It’s a place where young winemakers with relatively little capital can dig in and try to make their mark on the American wine scene.
Just north of the California border, Rogue Valley (including the Applegate AVA within it) is blessed with a mild climate that’s warmer and drier than Willamette Valley, further north. Frost is rare, and harmful insects are a minor threat, making organic farming quite viable. There is no signature grape variety, few rules and some legitimately impressive wines. There’s a surprise around every bend of the Rogue River. These five Rogue Valley wineries absolutely warrant a visit.
Read the full report in the San Francisco Chronicle featuring Del Rio, Cowhorn, Troon, Quady North and Roxy Ann.