THE OREGONIAN — Southern Oregon is a red-hot wine region as people wise up to the fact that quality wine is being made there. If you enjoy stunning scenery, good food and compelling wines, here is a road map for your next wine getaway.
When you arrive in Ashland, go thither to Hither Coffee & Goods to revive your road warrior spirit. The espresso drinks are the equal of anything Portland has to offer, and the farm-fresh breakfast and dinner dishes never fail to impress. Hither also has an eclectic collection of natural wines guaranteed to satisfy even the most jaded palate.
High up in a canyon between the Cascade and Siskiyou ranges are Ashland’s most picturesque wineries: Belle Fiore Winery and Irvine & Roberts Vineyards. The wines are just as pretty as the view, as Rob Folin of Belle Fiore and Vince Vidrine of Irvine & Roberts are skilled winemakers with years of experience at Domaine Serene. My favorites on this trip were inky black twin towers of fruit: Belle Fiore’s Montepulciano and Irvine & Roberts’ pinot meunier.
Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland.
Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, 1614 Emigrant Creek Road, Ashland.
Hither Coffee & Goods, 376 E. Main St., Ashland.
My southern Oregon journey took 13 hours. Imagine how much fun you could have in a weekend.