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Ashland - Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in the World, Wine Enthusiast, 2016
It’s surprising that Southern Oregon produces some of the most diverse wine varietals of anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. The southernmost, warmest and driest AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Oregon with over 300 days of sunshine and cool nights lends itself to the Mediterranean type climate and enables these varietals to thrive. The cooler areas of Southern Oregon produce wonderful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer while the warmer, more arid regions ripen big reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Grenache and Syrah. Many other unique varieties such as Albariño, Pinot Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Viognier are also grown. In fact, the first Tempranillo grapes were planted in Southern Oregon.
Ashland is the perfect jumping off point for wine-tasting, home to seven wineries and a short drive in the Rogue Valley, to the Applegate Valley and Umpqua. That is why Wine Enthusiast (2016) named Ashland the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in the World, next to Bordeaux, France. Looking for the perfect wine vacation? Ashland is the place to stay. Enjoy a day trip wine tasting Ashland, Bear Creek, Applegate or Upper Rogue wineries on your own or with one of the wine tour companies. Learn more from the experts on wine, Rogue Valley Vintners.