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 about 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.
You can take just a couple of hours or easily fill several days touring the vineyards and wineries of the Applegate Valley. These wineries are small and unspoiled so you can enjoy relaxed tasting rooms where you will often find yourself talking to the wine maker in person. Some of our favorites (in no particular order) are Red Lily (beautiful site and great wines, especially the tempranillo), Troon Vineyards (check out their Chardonnay, also great food offerings during the season & a bocce court!), Schmidt Family Vineyards (Craftsman style tasting room and great gardens, love their Riesling and Viognier) , Fiasco (great Zinfandel and Pam is perfect), Wooldridge Creek (our favorite view and lovely zinfandel), and Cowhorn Vineyards and Gardens (biodynamic and certified organic). Also, check out the twice a year Uncorked events to get a behind the scenes look and taste of what is up and coming! The spring event occurs the Sunday before Memorial and the fall event the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
In-town tasting rooms make it easy for you to experience local and regional wines all within walking distance. South Stage Cellars is a vineyard-based Tasting Room and Wine Garden that features South Stage Cellars estate label as well as many other wines made exclusively from their Quail Run Vineyards' fruit by many of Oregon's finest winemakers. Quady North is committed to small lot, minimally handled wines that reflect the diverse cool-climate vineyards of the State of Jefferson and are expressions of the climate, soils and people who farm them. The Umpqua Valley Tasting Room is devoted to wines from River's Edge Winery and Bradley's Vineyards in Elkton, Oregon. Just a mile out of town on North Oregon Street/Old Stage Road is Caprice Vinyards where you will also find alpaca's and related products. And a mile out of the other side of town on California/South Stage Road is the newest vineyard in the area, DanCin. DanCin's lovely tasting room hosts a lovely view of its vineyards and features a delicious menu of brick oven pizzas and tasty delights.
We are also centrally located for all 68 wineries in the Southern Oregon region. This region includes the Applegate Valley, Illinois Valley, Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley. The best source of information for the entire region is the Southern Oregon Winery Association. Within this region there are several distinct districts to check out including Bear Creek Boutique Wineries running from Ashland to Phoenix, the Upper Rogue Wine Trail from Gold Hill to Eagle Point and Shady Cove to Butte Falls,and the Umpqua Valley located around Roseburg. For an immersion event you should plan on attending Southern Oregon's World of Wine Festival in August, right here in Jacksonville. You can sample wines and early releases from over 40 regional wineries.