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Recognized as wine country since the mid-1800’s when renaissance man Peter Britt nurtured the first winegrapes, the Applegate Valley’s viticultural spirit has overcome many obstacles: Prohibition, skeptics, its far-flung location, and all of the challenges of farming.

Thanks to the enduring efforts of the early pioneers and the vision of our current winemakers, the Applegate Valley wine country is a thriving AVA with over 18 wineries and over 70 varieties of wine.

Global Accolades

As part of the wider Rogue Valley AVA, the Applegate Valley was included among the Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s top five wine regions in the world in 2022.

So, enjoy a weekend wander through our over 18 tasting rooms. As you delight in dozens of varietals, you’ll quickly realize this isn’t simply “Pinot Country,” or “Cabernet Country,” but something decidedly more interesting.

“Our wines have something to say!” -Craig Camp, Troon Vineyard.

Plaisance Ranch: A working ranch since 1858, this winery is run by third-generation wine grape growers and ranchers who offer outstanding estate varietals and organic grass-fed beef as well as fantastic “Wine Down” events.

Red Lily Vineyards: True Spanish oenophiles, the owners of this stunning  winery are dedicated to producing premium terroir-driven Tempranillo in a beautiful river-front setting.

Schmidt Family Vineyards: Small case lots of high-quality, predominantly estate-grown wines are complemented by beautiful garden grounds and wood-fire pizzas. Friday nights at Schmidt are a big draw.

Valley View Winery: As one of the first wineries in the state, Valley View helped shape Oregon wine country as we know it today. Enjoy one of the most quintessential Applegate views in the valley and a variety of wines at different price points. Another bonus: You can walk up to the property fence line and order some incredible fare from Black Barn Farm food truck.

Troon Vineyard: Troon Vineyard is Oregon’s only Demeter Biodynamic and Regenerative Organic Certified® farm and winery is one of only four farms in the world to be Regenerative Organic Gold Certified®. They were nominated as “American Winery of the Year” by The Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Tastings and tours are offered daily.

Two Rivers Vineyard: Two rivers merge and the vineyard straddles two different AVAs: the Rogue and the Applegate.

Walport Family Cellars: Featuring award-winning wines, delicious charcuterie plates and a cabin-in-the-woods rental that is an ideal home-base for exploring Applegate wine country.

Wild Wines: Handcrafted and artisanal wines made from organically grown or wild-harvested fruits, berries and flowers. Primarily dry, not sweet! Visit our peaceful, flower-full gardens and enjoy a game of horseshoes or corn hole while you sip and snack! Inquire about our guesthouse overlooking the Little Applegate River, complimentary wine tasting included in your stay!

Wooldridge Creek Vineyards: Sustainably grown and produced wines expressing true vineyard and varietal character are the emphasis of this winery, which has been around since 1978. They also feature one of the most beloved charcuterie plates in the valley, full of cheeses made at their on-site creamery.

Crooked Barn Vineyards: Enjoy the fruits of Heidi and Marcos’ vineyard dreams. They cultivate top-notch Bordeaux varietals on a south-facing hillside that is graced with a historic crooked barn.

For a complete guide to tastings rooms, visit the Applegate Valley Wine Trail website.

Tours/Driving Services

How about cider?

Blossom Barn Cidery: From blossom to bottle, this solar-powered family farm makes hard ciders made exclusively from pears—otherwise known as “perries.” Taste a flight and enjoy a small menu of sandwiches and snack plates with some farm-grown items, like apples and eggs. Check their website for a lively roster of events, food tru:cks and even yoga classes!

Apple Outlaw: This cidery boasts an orchard with some familiar apple varieties–like MacIntosh, Red Delicious and Granny Smith–and some heirloom “unknowns” such as Wickson and Bell de Boskoop. All of the ciders are organic, handcrafted and made in small batches. Find their products at local restaurants, such as the Lindsay Lodge and the Applegate Country Club, or in our rural stores. You can also order them online.

“If you want to bring real pleasure to people’s lives, your wines have to have personalities as interesting as the people that drink them.”

– Craig Camp, Manager at Troon Vineyard