Unlike grape growing regions in the rest of the state and the greater Pacific Northwest, Southern Oregon benefits from long hours of sun, with warm days and cool nights. Infrequent rains during summer months, a total annual precipitation of around 20 to 25 inches at growing elevations and well-draining soil ensure quality fruit for producing complex wines.
With a wide range of micro-climates and variance in soil types, growers in the Applegate have the opportunity to plant a variety of grapes, and winemakers have chosen the region because of its suitability for an array of wine types and styles.
According to Dr. Gregory Jones, climatologist and Director of Environmental Science and Policy Program at Southern Oregon University where he focuses on suitability for viticulture, “The Southern Oregon American Viticultural Area (AVA) offers the most diverse growing conditions in Oregon and arguably in the United States…From the diverse geology of the region comes a widely varying mix of metamorphic, sedimentary, and volcanic derived soils…diverse climates allow for a wide variety of intensely flavored wine grapes to be grown.”
Here, where agriculture meets artistry, passionate winemakers in the Applegate Valley assure that this intensity of flavor in the fruit manifests as award-winning and world-class wines of distinction in the glass.
In the Applegate Valley, a diversity of varietals is expressed in a singular principle: to produce world-class wines that reflect the unique micro-climates and soil types of the region.
- Pinot Gris
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Petit Sirah
- Pinot Noir