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Every fall I return to the Oregon Willamete valley to visit the many vineyards there and taste the excellent wines produced by the region. I recommend them to everyone. It is a wonderfully colorful time with the reds, yellows, and oranges, of the grape leaves contrasted by the blue/black color of the grape clusters. This image is a manipulation of one of my many images taken while on my adventures.
The northwest portion of Oregon wine country is celebrated for its cool-climate grape varieties, including Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, and especially Pinot noir. The Southern Oregon appellation (AVA) starts south of Eugene and includes the Umpqua Valley AVA, the Red Hill Douglas County AVA, the Elkton Oregon AVA, the Applegate Valley AVA and the Rogue Valley AVA, all of which are located west of the Cascades and east of the Coast Range.
The regions of Southern Oregon, along with the eastern portion of the Columbia Gorge AVA, are generally much warmer and significantly drier than those of the northwestern quadrant of Oregon State where the pinot noir vineyards of the Willamette Valley AVA thrive.
It wasn't until early 2005 that the significantly warmer terroir of southwest Oregon was given its due for its distinctly different wine growing area, and the federally authorized Southern Oregon American Viticultural Area was established with its boundaries set to encompass the previously authorized regions of the Umpqua, the Applegate and the Rogue valleys.
Southern Oregon offers a rich variety of "micro climates" as does the eastern portion of the Columbia Gorge AVA. The breadth of terroir types in these regions makes it possible to grow a wide variety of grapes sometimes within only miles of each other. Distinctive vineyard locations in these areas are capable of nurturing high-quality Bordeaux and Rhone grape varieties, as well as French Burgundian varieties such as Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
This is not an advertisement for their wines......but for the art in wine and country. Go there, imbibe, have fun, and paint, draw, or photograph.
March 20th, 2013
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