The Southern Oregon wine region is located in the southwest portion of the state, stretching 125 miles from an area just south of Eugene to the California border. The region is 60 miles east-west at its widest where its nestled between the Cascade Mountain Range to the east and the Coast Range to the west. There are several well known wine regions located in the area known as the Southern Oregon wine region. These areas include Umpqua Valley
, Rogue Valley, Red Hill Douglas County
, and Applegate Valley appellations.Surrounded by Southern Oregon’s Coast Range and Cascade mountains the Southern Oregon Wine Region features many winding rivers and green forests which means that our tours will be full of beautiful sights to see. This area boasts a diverse collection of wineries and vineyards all within a short distance of each other ranging from about 45 minutes to 3 hours. This makes the region perfect for long and short Oregon wine tours. If you plan your Southern Oregon winery tour just right you may also be lucky enough to visit one of the several wine festivals in Ashland or Jacksonville. Both cities feature local wines and world-class entertainment. If you’re in town for one of the many festivals these two towns host, a wine tour is a wonderful way to spend a day before or after enjoying the festival in town. In addition to activities in town and visiting the wineries, Southern Oregon features many beautiful sights to see such as Crater Lake, the mighty Rogue and Umpqua Rivers as well as thousands of acres of wilderness.
The climate in this part of Oregon is perfect for growing grapes and has one of the oldest traditions of growing grapes in the state. Southern Oregon provides the warmest growing conditions and the rich soil on the hilly parts of several valleys make for perfect lighting conditions. The topography here is very mountainous compared to many of the other wine regions in Oregon. Wineries in the region produce pinot noir, merlot and cabernet sauvignon quite well but are also known for their pinot gris, syrah, chardonnay, cabernet franc, riesling, tempranillo, gewurztraminer, and viognier.
When on a Southern Oregon wine tour be sure to stay for a day or two and enjoy one of the several luxury lodging locations. Give us a call to learn more about the available accommodations that accompany a southern Oregon vineyard tour.