After your Thanksgiving feasting (and maybe a nap or two!), you’re ready to hit the town. You have a lot on your to-do list — shop at local stores, meet friends for coffee, and gather a group and go wine tasting.
Southern Oregon has numerous wineries that are just as beautiful and inviting in the fall, as they are in the summer. Because there’s nothing more relaxing than sipping a glass of wine while looking at the mountains and hills blanketed in hues of red, gold and orange.
When you’re ready for your next vineyard adventure, visit these local wine trails. Each one has numerous wineries just waiting to be explored.
Upper Rogue Wine Trail
This trail winds its way through the beautiful Upper Rogue River region. There are many family owned and operated wineries, which offer guests self-guided tours, tasty gourmet pairing events and local insight into the valley’s wine culture. Additionally, the pastoral countryside and beautiful scenery provide a gorgeous setting for some of the valley’s best wines. When traveling this wine trail, you can visit Bayer Family Estate, Del Rio Vineyards and Kriselle Cellars.
Applegate Wine Trail
Long, lovely country roads will lead you along the Applegate Wine Trail. You’ll discover almost two dozen wineries around Jacksonville, and others which stretch from Ruch to Grants Pass. The unique range of growing conditions along this trail produces a variety of different wines that showcase the diversity of the growing region. There are numerous wineries on the Applegate Wine Trail, including LongSword Vineyard and Red Lily Vineyards, among many others.
Bear Creek Wine Trail
The Bear Creek Wine Trail frames the highway, with wineries hidden among the hills from Central Point to Ashland. The welcoming atmospheres of each winery provide a relaxing experience for travelers to enjoy Southern Oregon’s beautiful natural scenery. Each winery has a unique point of view in their wines, so you’ll never taste the same thing twice. The next time you’re near the Bear Creek Wine Trail, stop over at any one of these fine wineries, including Ledger David Cellars, Belle Fiore Winery and Hummingbird Estate.
Jacksonville Wine Trail
Within a mile of Jacksonville — Southern Oregon’s gold-rush-era town — five wineries offer an astounding variety of wines. You’ll partake in everything from Rhones and Bordeauxs, to Oregon’s classic Pinot Noirs. From its numerous tasting rooms to beautiful gardens and outdoor patios, Jacksonville is an oasis for wine lovers. You can enjoy a wide range of experiences, from Italian artistry at DANCIN Vineyards, to great wine pairings at South Stage Cellars and more.
Exit 24 Wine Trail
The Exit 24 Wine Trail is one of our favorites and includes many unique wineries. With beautiful views, flavorful wines and welcoming winemakers, your trip around the Exit 24 Wine Trail will be a memorable one. It includes such local favorites as Pebblestone Cellars, StoneRiver Vineyards, Aurora Vines, EdenVale Winery and 2Hawk Vineyard and Winery.
Wine Tasting, Your Way
The Rogue Valley has transformed into a wine destination over the years. Wineries and vineyards are everywhere you look — with large estates hidden among the hills, to downtown tasting rooms and vineyards built on local farmland. Each one has a unique story to tell and wine to taste.