PROMOTING
THE COMMUNITY
Southern Oregon Producers Form Rogue Valley Association
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Liza B. Zimmerman Contributor
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Growing conditions have long been vastly different in Southern and Northern Oregon.
While the Willamette Valley, outside of Portland, is home to classic Pinot Noirs, delicate Chardonnays and Pinot Gris, the southern region is home to a huge variety of grapes. While Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays can be found in the Rogue Valley—an appellation established in 1991 that encompasses nearly 1.15 million acres in the inter-mountain valleys of southern Oregon according to the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association—this region also produces superb Tempranillos and white Rhône grapes, among others.

Early this summer, a dozen producers came together in the region to form the Rogue Valley Vintners (RVV) association, according to Ashley Cates, vice president of the RVV,  marketing director of Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point and owner of Cates Consulting in Medord, Oregon. She adds that the group currently has 10 members and “there are 80 wine entities in the Valley.” According to the RVV’s founding documents, wine growers and producers can join for $1,000 for the first year. Associate memberships, for smaller entities and custom-crush establishments, can opt to pay $500 a year. The same documents note that the RVV will present a unified brand to consumers and potential industry partners, both inside and outside of Oregon in order to raise awareness for the wine, hospitality and recreation industries in Southern Oregon. A Closer Look at the Region Full article here.
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The DelRio Vineyard in the Rogue.
Credit Wes Nieto
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