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Hospitality….Applegate’s Got It!

“Hospitality” (Hos-pi-tal-i-ty) – kindness to visitors: friendly, welcoming and generous treatment offered to guests or strangers.

Last week I had the chance to talk to some first time visitors to our Applegate Valley Wine Trail.  The group of tourists were from California, were well versed in wine and had spent a great deal of time exploring the Napa and Sonoma  wine regions.  Before they spoke, I knew that their reviews of our tasting rooms and vineyards were going to be positive by the smiles that they had upon their faces.  They gave what I feel to be the highest compliment to our area.  They said that they enjoyed the wines immensely and they could not remember the last time that they had been treated with such hospitality.  They said that every tasting room they visited, the owners and staff went out of their way to make them feel welcome.  Was I surprised by their comment?  No, but I was thrilled to hear it!  I know how friendly and welcoming our wineries and tasting rooms are.  This group of people I am proud to call my friends and my industry mates.  We are helping promote one another and our beautiful region. 

     Come and hear our stories.  We are grape growers, winemakers, farmers, pilots, mothers, cattle ranchers, accountants, grandfathers, firefighters, lawyers, woodworkers, chefs, and soldiers.  Each with a little different tale but we are bound by this passion called wine making and we would love to share our story with you.


Rachael Martin

Red Lily Vineyards

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