September 25, 2014 by: Dan and Kara Burian
Beauty, Elegance...and Wine
With summer slipping away in Ashland and a lovely autumn upon us, we begin to look forward to cooler days and the festivities of autumn. This is the perfect time to brag about the beautiful scenery, great food, and incredible wine tasting that is yours for the taking at the many nearby wineries in Southern Oregon.
Country Willows Inn
Country Willows Inn is an ideal location to start your exploration of the many wineries located just a short distance away. The Rogue Valley (established American Viticultural Area in 1991) and the Applegate Valley (established American Viticultural Area in 2001) boast 29 lovely wineries within easy driving distance of the inn.
The Applegate Valley, located between Jacksonville and Grants Pass, is one of Oregon's newest appellations. The area’s vineyards are located mainly on stream terraces, with granite soils which provide excellent drainage. Combined with its higher natural elevations, the Applegate Valley offers the perfect climate for Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux red varietals...This area proves Oregon is not just about Pinot Noir!
Cowhorn Winery, Applegate Valley
The Rogue Valley offers a long growing season of warm days and cool nights. Overall, the annual “heat units” in this portion of Oregon far exceeds those in the northern wine regions of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. For viticulturists and wine enthusiasts alike, this means heat-loving varietals thrive here... varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Malbec, Zinfandel and Syrah.
Valley View Winery, Rogue Valley
Wine tours are available through local guide services for you to enjoy. These knowedgeable professionals make each tour personalized and exciting. There are several tour companies to choose from including Wine Hopper Tours, and Bravo Outings. You can contact them directly to arrange a tour, our just give us a call and we can help arrange a lovely day with a tour service for you. Come and see us at Country Willows Inn soon, and enjoy our local wineries and so much more!