The Next Big Wine Country - Southern Oregon

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Grants Pass, OR 199909023

The Next Big Wine Country - Southern OregonThe next big wine country - Southern Oregon.  Move over Napa, Southern Oregon is the next great place for exciting wines, no crowds, and inexpensive tasting fees.  Arm yourself with a map from the Southern Oregon Wineries Association and hit the road.

The inside scoop: Head to the smallest, newest wine region in  Applegate Valley, Oregon (part of the larger Rogue Valley) to get your wet your palate.  Abacela, Troon, and Schmidt Family Vineyards are setting the bar high.

In Umpqua, the northern, oldest wine valley, check out Brandborg Vineyard & Winery and Spangler Vineyards.  Ditch your car in historic Jacksonville, of Britt music fest fame, then wander the cluster of tasting rooms, including Quady North.

Our 3 favorite sips:

  • Foris Pinot Gris 2008 (Rogue Valley; $14).
  • Brandborg "Love Puppets" Pinot Noir 2006 (Umpqua Valley; $30).
  • Abacela South Face Block Reserve Syrah 2005 (Southern Oregon; $45). 

This is a re-creation of an article in Sunset magazine. Pick up a copy today!

Posted by

Melinda Peterson

Melinda Peterson, ABR, CRS

Oregon Principal Broker


Real Estate Cafe LLC


Serving Central and Southern Oregon

Inspired by her love for dreamy homes and lattes, Mel specializes in creating relationships of land and life... with a latte laughter =)


Discover Central and Southern Oregon 

Comments (8)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I will really have to go and see this for my self and sample the wine.

Feb 26, 2010 04:15 PM
Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Hey Melinda!  You didn't even mention Sonoma!  I know there are some great vineyards in your part of the world....wineries, too.....and such beautiful scenery.  If you ever get to Sonoma, I'll take you on a tour of our wineries.  If I get up your can return the favor!

Feb 26, 2010 04:15 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Melinda:  How great that would be if Southern Oregon turned into "Big Wine Country."  That would be way cool.  And just the thing for you... the Real Estate Queen of Grant's Pass... to give to your customers as a closing gift.  Yum !

So... I assume you'll be serving wine at "The Real Estate Cafe ?"

Feb 26, 2010 05:00 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Thanks for commenting Elite Home Sales!

Kirsten ~ Sounds like a plan!  Your brokerage name says it all :)

Karen Anne ~ As a matter of fact, we do.  But, mostly 2-Buck Chuck!

Feb 26, 2010 05:51 PM
David Saks
Memphis, TN
Broker / Industry Analyst

I'm getting thirsty just reading about it. I know they're "setting the bar high", and all that good wine will "sit high on the bar".

Feb 26, 2010 06:15 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Hi Melinda, I love hitting local wineries when I travel. I'm due for a drive down the coast, so I'll have to check some of these out next time. 

Feb 26, 2010 07:24 PM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


I didn't realize Oregon had so many wineries. When I lived in Califoirnia, a day in Napa Valley visiting the vineyards was a fabulous outing.  I am sure it must be the same in Southern Oregon.

Feb 26, 2010 11:26 PM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Melinda - Great Localism post! Cheers! I wish I could make it... Never knew that about Oregon... Have fun...

Feb 27, 2010 07:44 AM