By Travel Medford | 05/04/2020 | Wine


Raise A Glass To Oregon Wine Month

An entire month celebrating wine? Yes, it’s true! And the whole state of Oregon is joining in the festivities. If you love wine, great food and fun, join us for Oregon Wine Month and enjoy celebrations all across the state.


Rogue Valley wine history goes back to the 1840s when European immigrants started planting grapes and bottling wines. In 1852, settler Peter Britt began growing grapes and later opened Valley View Winery — Oregon’s first official winery — in 1873. Valley View closed in 1907, and then Prohibition began. It wasn’t until an Oregon State University professor planted an experimental vineyard here in 1968, that winemakers rediscovered the Rogue Valley as a winegrowing region. The rest, as they say, is history.

In the 1930s, John Wood and Ron Honeyman of Salem were part of a group of Oregon entrepreneurs who received bonded winery status after the 18th Amendment — which established Prohibition — had been repealed. They founded Honeywood Winery, which is Oregon’s oldest continuously operating winery.

Later, Hillcrest Vineyard ushered in the modern era of Oregon winemaking. They planted the first viniferous grapes near Roseburg, as Oregon’s first estate winery.


Oregon vineyards proudly offer wines that are cultivated with care and compassion. They have also achieved many credentials which are well-respected in the wine industry.

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Many Oregon wineries are certified organic. Oregon Tilth has been a leader in certification since 1974 and is an internationally-recognized organization of organic farmers, gardeners and consumers. This group is dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.


Founded in 1995, Salmon-Safe is one of the nation's leading regional eco-labels. Erosion and runoff from hillside vineyards can bring silt into streams and harm native salmon species. That's why Salmon-Safe partnered with LIVE, VINEA and Oregon Tilth to work with growers to protect Oregon's salmon watersheds. Salmon-Safe has now certified 110 Oregon vineyards. If you buy wine with a Salmon-Safe label on it, your purchase is keeping rivers clean so that salmon can spawn and thrive.


We all love a little trivia! Did you know...

1) In the 1840s, the first vines were planted by settlers arriving on the Oregon Trail wagons.
2) Because of Prohibition, the Oregon wine industry in the 1960s was almost non-existent. Only a few small family wineries still operated.

3) Today, there are 725 Oregon wineries, and more than 1,000 vineyards growing 72 varieties of grapes.
4) The state’s signature grape is Pinot Noir.
5) 1% of the wine produced in the U.S. is from Oregon.


The Rogue Valley produces a multitude of different wines. Our warmer climate grapes produce Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo and Viognier. We also have cooler climate varietals that include Oregon’s famous Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Rogue Valley has a varietal for everyone!


And now, let’s talk about Oregon Wine Month — a wine celebration that spans the entire state! Each May, Oregonians and visitors alike enjoy a month of wine tasting, learning and more. You can experience the quality and diversity of Oregon wine through many fun events, even after Oregon Wine Month ends. 

Here are a few things happening in the Rogue Valley:

Oregon Wine University, Rogue Creamery Cheese & Wine Pairing

June 14, 11am - 1pm
EdenVale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford
Tom Van Voorhees of the Rogue Creamery is one of the only certified Frommagiers in Oregon. He will lead an international cheese tasting that’s paired with award-winning Oregon wine.

Oregon Wine Experience Founders’ Barrel Auction

August 21, 1pm - 4pm
Bigham Knoll, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
Enjoy gourmet creations provided by the incredible culinary team from Seven Feathers Casino Resort. Then, sample amazing wine futures taken directly from the barrel!

Oregon Wine Experience Miracle Auction & Salmon Bake

August 22, 4:30pm - 10pm
Bigham Knoll, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
Gather with your friends for a traditional salmon bake dinner. You’ll also enjoy tender beef and pork cuts paired with farm-to-table salads and luscious desserts. And of course, sip on a glass of Oregon wine with your meal.

Oregon Wine Experience Grand Tasting

August 23, 2pm - 5pm
Bigham Knoll, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville
Savor the quality and abundance of our state’s vineyards. Visit the different tasting tables and enjoy an array of delicious eats created by our amazing culinary partners. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample wines from every part of Oregon.

Oregon and the Rogue Valley have a rich wine history that we invite you to experience during Oregon Wine Month and beyond. Plan your wine adventure at

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