About the Rogue Valley
The Rogue Valley is a sun-drenched, fertile playground for outdoor adventures, fine dining, world-renowned theater and music, and more. Comprised of three distinct valleys with progressively warmer micro-climates, the region successfully grows both cool- and warm-climate varieties so you can enjoy Rogue Valley wine with everything.
Diverse. Unlimited. Inviting.
The Rogue Valley invites you to have a glass of wine with everything – from theater, art, and music to world class rafting, fishing, hiking, biking, and skiing. Looking for a more low-key getaway? That’s an option too, with walking paths and trails that end in wide-open spaces and awe-inspiring views. With more than 70 grape varieties planted and as many producers to choose from, there’s an Oregon Wine experience for everyone in Rogue Valley Wine Country.
About 75 miles from the Oregon coast and 50 miles from Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park, the Rogue Valley is defined by the wild and scenic Rogue River and its tributaries: the Applegate, Bear Creek, and Illinois Rivers, and the confluence of the Cascade, Siskiyou, and Coastal mountain ranges. These moderating influences result in drastic diurnal shifts, with nighttime lows dropping up to 70°F, preserving the grape’s acid balance and slowing the ripening season for greater flavor development.
Rogue Valley is also home to Oregon’s first official winery founded by Peter Britt in 1873. Britt was an early gold rush settler to the region who began growing grapes as early 1852, before opening the doors to Valley View Winery. While the exact location of the original winery is unknown, it is believed to have been in Jacksonville, home to the Northwest’s first summer outdoor music festival – Britt Music & Arts Festival – which honors its wine pioneer namesake and attracts world renowned musicians each June to September.
Rogue Valley Wine Country
The Rogue Valley invites explorers, makers, and inspiration-seekers to discover awe-inspiring natural wonders and world class wines.
Travel Southern Oregon
An ethos of arts and culture thriving in a land known for its wild rivers, deep caves and the awe-inspiring Crater Lake.
Tasting Room Directory
Explore tasting rooms in the Rogue and Applegate Valleys.
Two Day Itinerary
Where to eat, drink, and play for two days in the Rogue Valley.
- Established: 1991
- Total Area: 1,139,800 acres (461,260 ha)
- Planted Area: 5,635 acres (2,280 ha)*
- Predominant Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris
- Predominant Soils: Stream sediments