Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley. “We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it … Continue reading »

Meager Harvest for Local Vineyards

ASHLAND, Ore. –  Local winemakers are preparing for a meager harvest this year after losing much of their fruit. Winemakers in the valley say a combination of winter freeze from back in December and spring hail caused irreparable damage to many of their grapes. While some lost only a few, other winemakers had to abandon … Continue reading »

Out & About: May 15, 2014

Just for Women Expo This weekend is all about the ladies at the “Just for Women” Expo. Head to the Medford Armory Friday and Saturday for the event which includes Zumba lessons, make-up tricks, free massages and healthcare informational all geared toward women. Dozens of vendors will be on hand with products as services and … Continue reading »

Out & About: Mother’s Day Events

Art in Bloom It’s a Mother’s Day weekend tradition that’s blossomed into an event for the whole family. Medford’s Art in Bloom will take over the blocks surrounding the Vogel Plaza. The 14th annual event includes 2 entertainment stages, 90 art and horticulture vendors. Kids can create a free gift for mom, and the whole … Continue reading »

Out & About: February 27, 2014

Greatest of the Grape Test out the value of the vine at this years Greatest of the Grape. The event at Seven Feathers Casino is the oldest wine event in the state. An evening of indulgence awaits ticket holders with live music, a silent auction, and wine and food pairings, all featuring 28 Southern Oregon … Continue reading »

Smoke Could Mean Success for Wineries

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore. — Local vineyards say all of that smoke we’ve seen may spell success. In the past, vineyards have even branded their wines after fires in the area. Smoke has been pouring into the Applegate Valley at sometimes hazardous levels. The smoke is impacting the wine industry, forcing at least one wine tour … Continue reading »

RoxyAnn Bottles New Wine

MEDFORD, Ore. — For the first time, a Southern Oregon winery is bottling a new type of red wine. RoxyAnn Winery is bringing out its petit syrah in bottles. They just finished bottling 300 cases of it. Previously, the company only used as a variety in a blend with other wines, but RoxyAnn has decided … Continue reading »

Kendall Jackson Buys Land

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon winemakers are praising new attention the state is getting from one of the country’s biggest wineries. Kendall Jackson, one of the top ten wine producers in the country, recently closed a purchase on land from three different wineries in the Willamette Valley, totaling roughly 400 acres. The amount of money … Continue reading »

Record Numbers for Oregon Wineries

ASHLAND, Ore. — Just in time for the holidays: news that will make local winemakers rejoice. For the first time, Oregon wineries topped the 2 million case mark, the result of a record 42,000 tons of grapes harvested last year. The state’s 463 wineries saw overall sales increase 9%; compare that to just 2% for … Continue reading »

Southern Oregon Grape Harvest Begins

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The harvest for what will eventually become wine is underway. The grape harvest is well underway at Del Rio Vineyards. Del Rio Winery says it’s grape harvest is coming off one of the best growing season it’s seen in several years. They started their harvest three weeks earlier than last year, … Continue reading »