Wineries & Tasting Rooms in the Rogue Valley
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Nestled amongst the mountains, valleys, rivers, and hardwood forests of Southern Oregon you will find the Rogue Valley. This stunning, diverse landscape is not only an incredible place to dive into nature, it’s also one of the premier wine regions on the West Coast. Along with a wide variety of soil conditions, the Rogue Valley is home to dozens of microclimates thanks to its many topographical changes. Together, this provides ideal growing conditions for a diverse array of grapes and wines. From rich reds to fruity whites, you won’t want to miss out on this burgeoning AVA-designated wine destination.
The Rogue Valley is home to four wine trails. Each of these routes is meant to add a little guidance to your wine-tasting adventure. If your perfect day includes taking the scenic route between tastings, you’ll love these Southern Oregon wine trails. The shortest trails can be completed in just a day, while others may span a whole winederful weekend.
First, there’s the Upper Rogue Wine Trail. With just four different wineries, each one has a different take on what it takes to make the best wine around. That said, all of the Upper Rogue Wine Trail wineries are known for their rich reds – from nebbiolo to tempranillo to pinot noir.
Then, there’s the Applegate Wine Trail, arguably the most distinct and fertile of all of the Rogue Valley wine trails. Following the Applegate River, this particular region has its own sub-AVA designation under the Rogue Valley AVA. Here, you’ll find over a dozen wineries specializing in Bordeaux- and Rhône-style wines, along with several thriving family farms.
While other Rogue Valley wine trails traverse the region, the Jacksonville Wine Trail is centered on the nine wineries within a few miles of Medford. This former gold-rush town exudes rustic charm—think horse-drawn carriages, adorable B&Bs, and of course picture-perfect vineyards. The best way to experience this trail is on the Jacksonville Wine Cruise, a six-hour shuttle-based adventure filled with wine tastings and food pairings.
And last but certainly not least, the 22-mile Bear Creek Wine Trail has a mix of all of the above. After all, with a dozen wineries and tasting rooms on this Rogue Valley wine trail alone, there’s guaranteed to be a whole lot of diversity in the wines you’ll taste and the people you’ll meet along the way.
Wineries & Tasting Rooms
Within this one Southern Oregon valley, there are over 80 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Odds are good that you won’t get a chance to visit every vineyard in the Rogue Valley, so we pulled together a few highlights you won’t want to miss.DANCIN Vineyards is widely known as one of the best wineries in Medford, Oregon. Located just outside Jacksonville , this family-owned winery has made a name for itself by producing some of the best pinot noir and chardonnay around.
After your visit to DANCIN Vineyards, head north to the Upper Rogue Wine Trail and Del Rio Vineyards. As one of the largest vineyards in Southern Oregon, it’s certainly a sight to see. Take a guided walking tour of the facilities before settling down for a five-wine tasting flight. There’s a good chance you’ll end up leaving with a bottle of their famed grenache rosé or rock point pinot noir rosé.
Belle Fiore Winery is another one you don’t want to miss. This Bear Creek winery is known for its bold, earthy pinot noir and beautiful chateau-inspired location. The opulent, French-inspired Chateau Tasting Room is available for private tastings by reservation only, while the Pavilion Tasting Room offers indoor and outdoor service most days of the week.
Finally, we can’t forget to mention 2Hawk Vineyard and Winery. This Medford winery specializes in malbec and viognier, two types of wine that are relatively rare in the Southern Oregon wine scene. Pop by for a wine flight to find the bottle that’s best for you.
On top of wine tastings and vineyard visits, the Rogue Valley also has more than its fair share of wine festivals. Throughout the year, there are a handful of different wine-focused events, and they’re all an absolute blast.
The Oregon Wine Experience takes place each August and is one of the coolest wine festivals on the West Coast. This five-day event is filled with wine tastings, wine competitions, wine classes, and wine auctions. To make things even better, the Oregon Wine Experience helps to raise money for the Asante Children’s Miracle Network.
Applegate Uncorked is another noteworthy Southern Oregon wine festival held twice annually—the Saturday after Mother’s Day in May, and the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving in November. This self-guided Medford wine event gives visitors the opportunity to hop from one local winery to another (with up to 18 participating wineries) to munch on appetizers, learn about the wine-making process, and of course sample loads of wines.
And although it’s not strictly a wine festival, no list of Rogue Valley events is complete without mentioning the Heart of the Rogue Festival. This two-day October event celebrates Medford’s coolest artists, makers, and growers. With everything from live music to bicycle races, craft vendors, and even a marathon, there truly is something for everyone—including wine lovers! During the celebration, be sure to pop by Wine Country Lane to sample and purchase some of the best wines in the valley.