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Spring is Uncorked!

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Are you as happy as we are to see spring finally arrive?  Winter seemingly held on a little longer than usual this year, and our April showers were more like downpours. Welcome as all that water is, we’re ready for everything spring brings to the Applegate Valley: endless blue skies, billions of blooming flowers, soft warm weather, and our favorite spring thing: Uncorked!

This semi-annual event—the other is held in the fall—signals the start of the high-season for touring the Applegate Valley Wine Trail, and all 18 wineries participate, throwing open their doors to offer tastings and food pairings. Some will have live music for your enjoyment, while others offer special behind-the-scenes tours. All will provide a unique experience to learn about their wines and meet the good people making the Applegate Valley one of the most exciting wine regions in the west.

The great thing about Uncorked is that you can structure it any way you like; it’s a self-guided event you design yourself. You can choose to visit your existing favorites or dedicate the day to discovering new ones. You might opt for some of our bigger venues, or focus on more intimate settings. Plan your day around those wines you’re interested in, making sure to take advantage of Uncorked specials some wineries will offer, or just let your palate be the guide and allow the beautiful spring day to unfold before you.

Simply choose a starting point, where you’ll pick up your commemorative glass and Uncorked pass; the rest is up to you. Each starting location is limited to a certain number, so make sure to get your tickets early and choose where you’ll begin the day. As always, we love those non-imbibing designated drivers, who can enjoy the day and sample the food at no charge.
Join us for Uncorked on May 21; it’s truly one of Southern Oregon’s most delightful and delicious seasonal events. We’re expecting sunny skies and mild temps because, hey…it’s spring!

Fast Wine Trail Facts

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  • The Applegate Valley AVA is a sub-appellation of the Rogue Valley AVA, which is contained within the larger Southern Oregon AVA.
  • The Rogue Valley AVA was established in 1991, and the Applegate Valley AVA was separated out in 2001.
  • Covering a total area of roughly 275,000 acres, The Applegate Valley AVA has just over 600 acres planted to wine grapes.
  • There are 18 member wineries in the Applegate Valley Wine Trail.
  • Predominant varietals include those from Rhone, Bordeaux, and Burgundy.
  • The valley itself stretches for approximately 50 miles from the California border to the Rogue River west of Grants Pass.
  • Average elevation in the AVA is 1330 feet above sea level.
  • A moderate climate sees just about 25 inches of rainfall each year, and features warm days and cool nights.
  • The Applegate Valley is warmer and drier than the Illinois Valley to the west, but less so than the Bear Creek Valley to the east.
  • Though soils are largely granitic, a diverse geology means widely varying soil types. This, combined with a large number of micro-climates, means a wide range of varietals thrive in the AVA.
  • Wine grapes were first planted in the region by Peter Britt in the mid-1800s.
  • Nearby communities include Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville, and Grants Pass.
  • Two major performing arts festivals attract international visitors to the area: The Britt Festival in historic Jacksonville and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
  • Small organic farms growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, lavender purveyors, and boutique food producers contribute to a culture of locally-made products.
  • The region touts outstanding outdoor activities, including river rafting, hiking, and fishing. The Wild Rogue Wilderness and Rogue River attract tens of thousands of visitors each year to explore the scenic region and raft the waters.

Sunset Magazine Feature

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Applegate Valley: Oregon’s rugged wine region

The wilds of Southern Oregon is wine country the way it used to be.

Meticulously tended grapevines ― Chardonnay and Viognier, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon ― march up the steep, narrowing canyon above Wooldridge Creek’s wood-and-stone winery. Curiously, tangled along the vineyard’s edge are a few unkempt rows of Chardonnay. A sacrificial hedge, explains Applegate Valley winemaker Greg Paneitz. More…

Wine Tasting along the beautiful Applegate Valley Wine Trail

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For wine lovers, Southern Oregon’s burgeoning wine region is a great discovery. Jacksonville is the heart and soul of the entire region, and more specifically it is the Gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail. Touring the 20 wineries in the breathtaking Applegate Valley is convenient due to their close proximity to each other and to Jacksonville. They are all within an easy and scenic 25 miles. The Applegate Valley climate is an alternative to Oregon’s cool-climate viticulture and is conducive to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux red varietals.

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