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OUR CLIMATES and SOILS

Rogue Valley - Established AVA 1991

  • Considered one of the hottest growing regions in Oregon.
  • Approximate rainfall: 20-35 inches annually.
  • Similar to France’s Bordeaux region, its warm dry climate benefits Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Malbec and Syrah.
  • Soils range from sandy loam to hard clay.
Applegate Valley – Established AVA 2001
  • Warmer and drier than the neighboring Illinois Valley but not as warm as the Bear Valley area which follows the I-5 corridor.
  • The Applegate Valley is home to Bordelaise varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to Syrah and Chardonnay.
  • The Applegate, Illinois and Bear Valleys are considered all sub-sections of the Rogue Valley.
  • Soils include decomposed granite derived from stream terraces and alluvial fans.

Illinois Valley - Not an official AVA

  • It’s higher elevation and coastal influence creates a micro-climate suitable for Burgundian varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
  • Additionally the climate is highly agreeable to Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat.
  • Soils consists of stream-deposited sand, silt and gravel, bench gravel deposits, and glacial moraines.
  • Climatically the area is influenced by the high elevation and marine effect.

Umpqua Valley – Established AVA 1984

  • Oregon’s oldest viticulture region is considerably cooler than the Rogue Valley
  • The area also has the highest annual rainfalls within the SOWA boundaries – 52.5 in Elkton and 33.5 in Roseburg.
  • This climate lends itself well to the Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Viognier and Grenache and the Spanish Tempranillo, Albariño and Graciano.
  • Temperatures may vary as much as 60° in the summer.
  • The valley consists of a wide range of soils including alluvial, terrace and upland.

Southern Oregon - Established AVA 2004

  • Comprises the Umpqua, Applegate and Rogue Valleys.

 

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