The Applegate Valley Wine Trail is one of incredible scenic beauty, with a decidedly small-town farm community feel. A short drive down a country road reveals uncrowded tasting rooms, where wine lovers meet artisan winemakers committed to their craft. There are lots of reasons to visit the Applegate; most important are these eighteen.

  1. A historic big red barn with upscale country appointments, award winning wines and a one-of-a-kind “wine mine” are a few of the amenities at the picturesque Augustino Estate.
  2. Fertile soil and noble varieties are the foundation of The Academy of Wine, and owner Barnard Smith is the father of the Applegate Valley, as he created the petition to establish the AVA.
  3. At Cricket Hill Winery you’ll find a small rustic winery where hand work and attention to the winemaking craft yields some of Oregon’s finest Bordeaux style blends. Fans of classic French Bordeaux won’t want to miss this little jewel.
  4. At warm and welcoming Devitt Winery you’ll find award-winning wines characterized by small-lot single varietals and blends.
  5. Served in a fun, relaxed atmosphere LongSword Vineyard’s small-batch wines are as unique and complex as they are enjoyable and approachable.
  6. Hand-crafted and bottle fermented sparkling wines, several still wines, and an art glass gallery are among the treasures at John Michael Champagne Cellars.
  7. A working ranch since 1858, Plaisance Ranch 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.
  8. True Spanish oenophiles, the owners of Red Lily Vineyards are dedicated to producing premium terroir-driven Tempranillo in a beautiful river-front setting.
  9. Warm hospitality partnered with rich red wine are the focus of Rosella’s Vineyard, an authentic small family business.
  10. At Schmidt Family Vineyard, small case lots of high-quality, predominantly estate-grown wines are complemented by beautiful garden grounds and wood-fire pizzas
  11. Established in 2010, Schultz Wines offers their native yeast wines in the beautiful pastoral setting of the Slagle Creek watershed.
  12. At the award-winning Soloro Vineyard, the focus is on estate grown limited production Rhone varietals. Featuring single varietals and blends of Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
  13. Home to the area’s earliest Zinfandel vines, planted in 1972, Troon Vineyard produces vineyard driven natural wines and have now converted to biodynamic farming.
  14. Founded in 1972 as the Applegate Valley’s first winery, Valley View produces the iconic Rogue Red blend and the premium quality Anna Maria label.
  15. Making handcrafted, artisanal wines from organically grown and wildcrafted flowers, fruits and berries is Wild Wines’ specialty.
  16. After seven soil tests, it was decided that exquisite Rhone wines were the ideal varietals for Cowhorn. That they would be bio-dynamically farmed was never a question.
  17. Sustainably-grown and produced wines expressing true vineyard and varietal character are the emphasis at Wooldridge Creek.