Wine with a view
The indigo mountains of Southern Oregon deepen their violet hues in the fall, creating a dramatic backdrop for the shimmering mustard yellows, peppery reds and pumpkin oranges of autumn leaves.
This is my favorite time of year in Southern Oregon. Grape harvest is in full flow, the quickening crispness of the air, and the cornflower blue skies beckon for outdoor excursions.
Below are some of my favorite wineries offering exceptional wine and comforting food amid grand autumn views of quintessential landscapes distinct to the Rogue Valley.
Daisy Creek Winery - Tucked away down a long lane, they specialize in Rhône varietals, with music, food trucks, and picnic nights on their delightful, large patio providing intimate vineyard and mountain views. daisycreekwine.com
Weisinger Family Winery - Complex, earthy wines, savory charcuterie and cheese platters along with toasty fire pits create a mesmerizing outdoor room with a view. Local musicians often strum their original songs. It’s one of the oldest wineries in the Rogue Valley, and the tasting room and wraparound patio present a perfect hilltop perch with a panoramic view of the layered mountains all around. www.weisingers.com
Kriselle Cellars - Elegant wines served along with a stunning view of iconic Upper Table Rock, ranch land and vineyards. Wood-fired pizza, music, wraparound deck and interior stone fireplace make for a cushy experience. Sunsets can be stunning here; www.krisellecellars.com.
Belle Fiore Winery - Featuring specialty Italian, French and Spanish wines. Daily culinary delights complement the wines, while music, specialty food and wine pairings are available in the evenings. The upstairs deck offers a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards and Siskiyous. Red-tailed hawks and eagles often make an appearance. Limited tours of the chateau and vineyards are available to provide multiple views of this striking landscape; www.bellefiorewine.com.
Grizzly Peak Winery - Featuring uncommon wines of white tempranillo and white cabernet Franc, offering music and special events. Rustic elegance with views of Grizzly Peak and Mount Ashland; www.grizzlypeakwinery.com.
Paschal Winery - Easy-to-drink wines that tend to be a bit lighter, more delicate in texture and taste, pairing perfectly with both their savory and sweet Mediterranean-inspired food. Tall cypress trees dot the landscape evoking a Tuscany frame of mind. Below the winery is a serene pond with swans. Ringed by mountains, the whole place feels like it sits in the middle of picturesque postcard; www.paschalwinery.com.
Irvine & Roberts Vineyards - Presenting fine pinot noir and chardonnay, often curated with delicious pairings from their artisan kitchen. The vineyards and winery nestle against the convergence of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges. Warming fire pits and interior stone fireplace complement the overview of the vineyards and surrounding mountains on chilly days; www.irvinerobertsvineyards.com.
Dancin Vineyards - With a focus on varieties of chardonnay and pinot noir, a few Italian specialties, and a heavenly port, there is a wine for everyone. Food is finessed for the wines, where lush plantings surround a koi pond, sweeping views amaze, and the landscape and wine create a poetry of place; www.dancin.com.
Schmidt Family Vineyards - Earthy, signature wine blends, wood-fired pizza, with music, on family-friendly, lounge-worthy grounds including a pond and walking trails. You’ll be surrounded by color here; sfvineyards.com.
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