JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Some have called our region, “the next Napa”, and many of the labels that have inspired that nickname will be featured this weekend at the World Of Wine Festival. It was originally started to bring attention to Southern Oregon’s wine industry and in the last ten years, it’s done exactly that.
When the festival first began, there were only 15 wineries in Southern Oregon including Douglas County and the Umpqua Valley. Now, it’s five times that size, at about 80, and it seems there’s plenty of business to go around. Schmidt Family Vineyards sold it’s first bottle in 2006, it was one of 350 cases of it’s 2004 vintage. The company’s latest vintage, the 2011will make 3,500 cases.
During this week’s festivities, judges handed out more than a hundred awards, giving the most to Schmidt Family Vineyards. This week in the world of wine festival’s competition, Schmidt family vineyards took eight medals, two of which were the Best of Show awards. It’s the first time one winery snagged two best of show honors.
The world of wine festival’s main event is tomorrow evening. The grand tasting will include wines from nearly 50 different wineries. The $75.00 event, is tomorrow from 6-9 p.m. At Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. For more information, click here.