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Applegate Valley AVA & Rogue Valley AVA

Overview

AVA Essentials

Southern Oregon's winegrowers used to be overshadowed by their Willamette Valley, Pinot growing neighbors to the north, but no more. The warmer climate area has come into its own as a powerhouse Rhone producing region, amid the majestic splendor of the Siskiyou Mountains. 


The quality of wine grape growing and winemaking has also come a long way in the last decade with more and more fine wines in the marketplace, where they are getting critical acclaim and international recognition.


Total acres: 65


Applegate Valley AVA: 60

Rogue Valley AVA: 5

Wineries

Applegate Valley AVA

Cowhorn

Troon Vineyard


Rogue Valley AVA

Upper Five Vineyard & Winery

Tasting Rooms | Events

Carlton

• Troon Vineyard


Grants Pass

• Troon Vineyard


Jacksonville

• Cowhorn


Talent

• Upper Five Vineyard & Winery

Biodynamic Vines | Acres

• Troon Vineyard: 35

• Cowhorn: 25

• Upper Five: 5

Biodynamic Vines | Varieties

• Grenache

• Malbec

• Marsanne

• Riesling

• Roussanne

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Syrah

• Tannat

• Tempranillo

• Vermentino

• Viognier


Biodynamic Vines | Cases

• Cowhorn: 4,500

• Upper Five: 700


In transition

• Troon Vineyard: 5,000

Cowhorn | Applegate Valley AVA | Jacksonville

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources solely from it 25 acre organic and biodynamic vineyard, on a valley floor site, bordering the Applegate River in southern Oregon tucked against a hillside


• The winery and tasting area are on the Jacksonville estate site


Best known for


• Acclaimed, artisanal Rhone wine producer in sunny, southern Oregon


• Makes eight Demeter-certified Rhone wines ($28-75, 90-94 pts.)


• Produces 500+ cases of two widely available wines (a Syrah and a white Rhone blend) as well as 6 smaller lot wines


• The vineyards sit on a bed of old river stones—a perfect match for Rhone varietals; the soils are Takilma and Central Point gravelly loam


• Proprietors Barbara and Bill Steele left a life in finance in the Bay Area to settle in southern Oregon, where they have both a winery and a farm, growing peaches, asparagus, lavender, truffles and other crops for local consumption


• Beer drinkers who knew nothing about wine when they bought a cattle ranch in Oregon, the couple had originally planned to grow only produce, but discovered that their site's soils were perfect for growing wine grapes


• The vines, grown with biodynamic practices from the start, were so prolific that they bore fruit in their first year (instead of the usual three years), and the couple had to rush to get their winery built in time for their first harvest


• Biodynamic expert Alan York (who worked with Bonterra, Benziger, and Sting's winery in Tuscany) helped them establish the farm plan, crops, vineyards and winery when they got started in 2002


• The winery rapidly became a star, winning high praise from the Wine Advocate, Food & WineWine Spectator and others


• The winery's new  tasting room, built in 2017,  was the first to earn Living Building Challenge; certification; the standard is tougher than LEED building certification


• As Neal Martin wrote recently in the Wine Advocate, "....these wines...are some of the best for this part of Oregon: clean, focused, complex and full of personality"


• In 2018, after marijuana was legalized in Oregon, they planted their first 30 marijuana plants, to diversify their offerings;  they originally starting growing it for Bill's parents who suffered from chronic diseases


Organic and biodynamic case production


4,500 (out of 4,500 total)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2006-2018, Stellar Certification Services, 2018-present, CCOF; biodynamic, 2006-present, Demeter USA


Winery, organic, 2006-2018, Stellar Certification Services, 2018-present, CCOF; biodynamic, 2006-present, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes

Certified Wines: Made with Biodynamic Grapes or Biodynamic Wine


 Grenache (2)

 Red Rhone Blend 

• Syrah (2)

• Viognier

 White Rhone Blend (2)

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$15

Tasting at wine bar (walk in)


$15

Seated, hosted tasting of 4 wines (by appt.)


$25

Seated, hosted tasting of 6 wines (by appt.)


$50

Vineyard tour and seated, hosted tasting of 6 wines (by appt.)


$35

Charcuterie board (serves 4) (by appt.)


Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden

1665 Eastside Rd.

Jacksonville, OR 97530


541.899.6876


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Troon Vineyard | Applegate Valley AVA | Grants Pass

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources its estate wines from its 35 acres of vineyards at 1,400 feet of elevation near Grants Pass growing an adventurous and eclectic array of varieties; it also buys grapes for its other wines from non-organic sources


• The winery is on the vineyard site in southern Oregon


• The label has two tasting rooms: one in Grant's Pass and other in Carlton, a town popular with wine tourists visiting the Willamette Valley


Best known for


• Rising star in southern Oregon making authentic wines of place from Applegate Valley's east side


• Makes nine wines from in transition organic and biodynamic estate vines


• Owners Dr. Bryan and Denise White, who live in Texas, bought the winery in 2018; after visiting their oldest daughter who lives nearby, they fell in love with the beauty of the area


• The site is situated in the Siskiyou Mountains at 1,400 feet of elevation


• The soils are former ocean sediments and decomposed granite


• Vineyard manager Craig Camp, a Napa veteran, moved to Troon in 2014 to replant and revitalize the vineyard, converting it to biodynamic farming and diverse crops


• In 2017, Camp hire biodynamic farm consultant Andrew Beedy, who worked at Apricot Lane Farms (featured in the hit film The Biggest Little Farm); the two studied 76 soil pits to decide on siting the new head trained plantings


• The two plan to grow apple trees to make cider and plant pollinator plants in order to raise bees and sell honey in the future


• Compost comes from a nearby dairy with 1,200 organic dairy cows


• The team planted 500 cow horns in the first year of biodynamic farming


• Camp and. Beedy are monitoring the soil microbiome in the vineyard, using a company called Biomemakers' WineSeq program to study the soil and compare the biodynamic farming to a control site 


• In 2019, Nate Wall, a Willamette Valley veteran, was appointed winemaker


• The winery's winemaking style is natural; all the wines are made on native yeasts


• The label makes two skin fermented orange wines


• In 2019, Slow Wine Guide gave the winery its Snail Award, its highest honor for regenerative agriculture and wine quality


• Decanter magazine awarded Troon's Tannat-Malbec blend (Cuvee Pyrenees) 91 points


Certified


Vineyard, biodynamic, 2019, Demeter USA


In transition organic and biodynamic vineyard case production


5,000 (out of 6,000)

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


In Transition | Organic and Biodynamic Grapes


Current vintages from 2016 onward are in the three year period transition. Certification is awarded after three years of organic and biodynamic farming.


• Malbec

• Red Blend (Tannat-Malbec)

• Riesling-Orange Wine

• Roussanne

• Tannat

• Vermentino

• Vermentino-Orange Wine

• Vermentino Blend

• White Rhone Blend (Marsanne-Viognier)


MORE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes


• White Rhone Blend-Cowhorn Vineyard (Marsanna-Viognier)

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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Troon Vineyards

1475 Kubli Road
Grants Pass, Oregon 97527


541.846.9900


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Troon Carlton Tasting Bar

250 N. Kutch Street
Carlton, OR 97111


503.852.3084

Upper Five Vineyard & Wines | Rogue Valley AVA | Talent

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources all of its wines from its five acre organic and biodynamic estate vineyard, at 2,000 feet of elevation, in the Rogue Valley AVA in southern Oregon (north of Ashland)


• The wines are made in nearby Medford


• The outdoor tasting patio is on the vineyard site


Best known for


• Southern Oregon grower turned vintner making small lots of Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Tempranillo


• Makes seven wines from certified vines ($19-32, 90 pts.)


• Proprietors Terry Sullivan and Molly Morison established the vineyard as growers in 2003 and, after making their first wine with the help of Bill Steele at nearby Cowhorn, launched the Upper Five label in 2010


• The vines are located on what was the "Upper Five" acres of the historic Bagley Orchard known for its pears; the couple has now planted melons on some of the property


•  John Grochau of Grochau Cellars in Amity, Oregon, makes the wines; he formerly worked in the Loire and at Brick House Vineyards in Newberg 


• The winery got off to an auspicious start when its first vintage of Tempranillo —the 2010, with only 75 cases made—got a 90 point score from Wine Spectator


• The wines are sold locally in southern Oregon retail outlets or directly from the winery's website


• In 2019, Slow Wine recommended the winery's Sauvignon Blanc as an "Everyday Wine," one of just 12 selected from Oregon; the entire winery was designated a "Coin," Slow Wine's award for for excellent value


Organic and biodynamic vineyard case production


700 (out of 700 total)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2005, Stellar Certification Services; biodynamic, 2018, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes


 Grenache

• Red Blend

• Rosé

• Sauvignon Blanc (2)

• Syrah

• Tempranillo

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$10

Owner tour and tasting on the patio (by appt.)


Coming Soon

Indoor seated tastings (by appt.)


Upper Five Vineyard & Wines

1125 Morey Rd.

Talent, OR 97540


541.285.8359


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