Applegate Valley: Oregon’s Rugged Wine Region
The wilds of Southern Oregon is wine country the way it used to be
The closest major town to Applegate Valley is Medford, a 5-hour drive from Portland. Or, fly to Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport. From I-5 in Medford take exit 30 and follow signs west 7 miles to Jacksonville; continue on State 238 into Applegate Valley. There’s more lodging and dining in Jacksonville; visit www.jacksonvilleoregon.org or call the chamber of commerce at 541/899-8118.WHERE TO SIP Visit www.applegatewinetrail.com for info. Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery No fee; 16995 N. Applegate Rd., Grants Pass; www.bridgeviewwine.com; 877/273-4843. Open seasonally. Rosella’s Vineyard & Winery Open Thu-Mon; no fee; 184 Missouri Flat Rd., Grants Pass; www.rosellasvineyard.com; 541/846-6372. Troon Vineyard $5 per flight; 1475 Kubli Rd., Grants Pass; www.troonvineyard.com; 541/846-9900. Valley View Winery $5; 1000 Upper Applegate Rd., Ruch; www.valleyviewwinery.com; 800/781-9463. Wooldridge Creek Winery By appointment; no fee; 818 Slagle Creek Rd., Grants Pass; www.wcwinery.com; 541/846-6364. WHERE TO STAY Applegate River Lodge All seven guest rooms overlook the mellow river in the town of Applegate; enjoy cocktails and dinner next door at Applegate River Ranch House ($$$; 541/846-6082). Rooms from $140; www.applegateriverlodge.com; 541/846-6690.