The Applegate Valley Wine Trail is one of incredible scenic beauty, with a decidedly small-town farm community feel. A short drive down a country road reveals uncrowded tasting rooms, where wine lovers meet artisan winemakers committed to their craft. There are lots of reasons to visit the Applegate; most important are these eighteen.

  1. Fertile soil and noble varieties are the foundation of The Academy of Wine, and owner Barnard Smith is the father of the Applegate Valley, as he created the petition to establish the AVA.
  2. After seven soil tests, it was decided that exquisite Rhone wines were the ideal varietals for Cowhorn. That they would be bio-dynamically farmed was never a question.
  3. Careful crafting of small lot Right Bank Bordeaux-style blends using traditional Old World techniques is the specialty of Cricket Hill.
  4. At Devitt Winery you’ll find an award-winning Napa Valley vintner/expat making small-lot single varietals and blends.
  5. Longsword Vineyard exclusively produces distinctive and complex Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in small quantities, available only at their tasting room.
  6. Hand-crafted and bottle fermented sparkling wines (including sparkling sake!), several still wines, and an art glass gallery are among the treasures at John Michael Champagne Cellars.
  7. A working ranch since 1858, Plaisance Ranch is run by third-generation wine grape growers and ranchers who offer outstanding estate varietals and organic grass-fed beef.
  8. True Spanish oenophiles, the owners of Red Lily Vineyards are dedicated to producing premium terroir-driven Tempranillo in a beautiful river-front setting.
  9. Warm hospitality partnered with rich red wine are the focus of Rosella’s Vineyard, an authentic small family business.
  10. At Schmidt Family Vineyard, small case lots of high-quality, predominantly estate-grown wines are complemented by beautiful garden grounds and wood-fire pizzas
  11. Established in 2010, Schultz Wines offers their native yeast wines in the beautiful pastoral setting of the Slagle Creek watershed.
  12. Considered one of the most spectacular settings in the Applegate, Serra Vineyards is equally recognized for their hand-crafted wines.
  13. At the award-winning Soloro Vineyard, the focus is on limited production Rhone varietals.
  14. Home to the area’s earliest Zinfandel vines, planted in 1972, Troon Vineyard now grows more than 20 varietals, producing vineyard-driven, highly-acclaimed wines at their gorgeous estate.
  15. Founded in 1972 as the Applegate Valley’s first winery, Valley View produces the iconic Rogue Red blend as well as the premium quality Anna Maria label.
  16. Wild Wines makes handcrafted, artisanal wines from organically grown and wildcrafted flowers, fruits and berries.
  17. Sustainably-grown and produced wines expressing true vineyard and varietal character are the emphasis at Wooldridge Creek.