Applegate Valley AVA

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Applegate Valley AVA
Wine region
Ruch, Oregon.jpg
Hillside vineyards near the town of Ruch in the Applegate Valley AVA.
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2000[1]
Country United States
Part of Oregon, Rogue Valley AVA, Southern Oregon AVA
Climate region Maritime
Size of planted vineyards 27 acres (0 km2)[2]
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel[3]
No. of wineries 6[2]

The Applegate Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in southern Oregon. It is entirely contained within the Rogue Valley AVA, which is itself included within the larger Southern Oregon AVA. The region is named for the Applegate River, which flows through the town of Applegate and near the city of Jacksonville. One of Oregon's first wineries (the winery has been restored and re-opened as Valley View Winery) was established in the Applegate Valley. This region contains vineyards at altitudes ranging from 1,000 feet (300 m) to 1,500 feet (500 m) above sea level, and is warmer and drier than the Illinois Valley to the west, but less so than the Bear Creek Valley to the east.[4] Grapes that thrive here include Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot being the dominant varietals.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.165 Applegate Valley." Archived January 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Danehower, Cole (2001). "The Promise of Southern Oregon: New AVA Sets the Stage" Archived January 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. January, 2001.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Applegate Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Appellation America (2007). "Rogue Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.