Applegate Valley AVA

Applegate Valley AVA

About the Applegate Valley

Nestled in Southern Oregon’s beautiful Siskiyou Mountains, the Applegate Valley AVA fully engages all of your senses with extraordinary wines, stunning mountain vistas, incredible outdoor recreation, eclectic arts festivals, and an abundance of agricultural riches to tempt your palate. The wines of the Applegate Valley have been recognized around the world with articles in leading American publications like The New York Times and international wine journals in England, France, and Italy.

State outline of Oregon with the Rogue Valley highlighted
A green vineyard at the foot of large rolling hills
Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden – John Valls

Follow the river

Applegate Valley’s wine history began in 1852 when an early settler named Peter Britt planted wine grapes. In 1873, he opened Valley View Winery, Oregon’s first official winery. Valley View closed in 1907; then Prohibition hit. It wasn’t until the 1970s, after modern pioneers began discovering the neighboring areas’ quality wine growing conditions, that the Applegate Valley experienced a resurgence of winemaking. It began with a few family-run wineries that planted their roots and opened their doors. Today, this area is an important winegrowing region turning out a diversity of high-quality wines. The appellation became official in 2000.

The Applegate Valley AVA is contained within the larger Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon AVAs. It stretches 50 miles (80 km) north from the California border to the Rogue River just west of Grants Pass. Surrounded by the Siskiyou Mountains, the Applegate Valley is shielded from cooling marine winds coming from the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards are typically grown at elevations up to 2,000 feet (610 m) and experience hot days and cool nights.

The Applegate River greatly influenced the development of soils in the area. Most vineyards are planted on stream terraces or alluvial fans, providing deep, well-drained soils that are ideal for high-quality wine grapes.

Wines from this region are generally plush, full-bodied, fruit-forward Bordeaux- and Rhône- style wines with a subtle underlying minerality.

Keep exploring

The Applegate Wine Trail

Fifty mere miles long, the Applegate Valley heads north from the California border, following the meandering and crystal clear Applegate River.

Rogue Valley Wine Country

Four easy Oregon wine routes. One beautiful region.

Tasting Room Directory

Explore tasting rooms in the Applegate AVA

Dig deeper

  • Established: 2000
  • Total Area: 278,190 acres (112,600 ha)
  • Planted Area: 750 acres (300 ha)
  • Predominant Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot noir
  • Predominant Soils: Stream Sediments

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