Bud break in Southern Oregon is well past but the spring wine events are just kicking off. With warm spring temperatures predicted this year, winery doors are swinging open for a bevy of self-guided “tour and taste” events across the region. Wine lovers are guaranteed leisurely wandering and top notch hospitality. So check the tires, pack a lunch and head out.

Southern Oregon’s “Roam the Rogue”

May 7, 2016, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

If you wander along the Upper Rogue Wine Trail located in the northeast quadrant of Southern Oregon, you will find a selection of family-farmed, boutique wineries committed to land conservancy. The event features award winning wines from Agate Ridge, Cliff Creek Cellars, Del Rio Vineyards, Folin Cellars, Kriselle Cellars, LaBrasseur Vineyards and Roxy Ann Winery. Wine lovers will get an expansive view of a unique agricultural region, wine tastes paired with tidbits, and if you linger a bit…a chance to get a start on that summer tan.  You can purchase the required advance tickets at www.roamtherogue.com

Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour

May 14, 2016, North Tour tickets available.

Buses will be lining up at the Village Green in Cottage Grove for a spring tour of these northern Umpqua Valley wineries:

  • Anindor Vineyards
  • Brandborg Winery
  • Bradley Vineyards
  • MarshAnne Landing
  • Misty Oaks Vineyard
  • Triple Oak Vineyard

Each stop provides wine sampling, food pairings, and the chance to hear about each winery and their proprietary winemaking process.  driving while you sit back with friends and tour the wineries by bus. Vines will be budding and trees and flowers in bloom so ride along with their designated (bus) driver and enjoy the rolling hills of one of the spectacular Umpqua Valleys.

Participants can continue their wine immersion with a self-guided exploration of the South Umpqua Valley wineries on Sunday, May 15th. You can receive Barrel Tour discounts at any of the wineries.

Tickets: Umpqua Valley Wineries

Applegate Valley Wine Trail: Uncorked

May 22, 2016, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Back to the u-drive winery tour options, the robust Applegate Valley Wine Trail sees 17 wineries roll out the welcome mat for wine lovers seeking to experience another of Southern Oregon’s “new Napa” regions. As with Roam the Rogue, tasters select their starting winery and create a self-guided tour of their own. Every winery has something to boast, from the biodynamic notoriety of Cowhorn Vineyard’s Rhone-style to Red Lily Vineyards’ finely crafted Tempranillo. The Rogue Valley AVA showcases a spectacular agricultural viewshed. Uncorked is a luxurious and exciting tour for all the senses.

Tickets: Purchase early to be assured of your preferred winery starting point!