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Valley in top 5 finalists for ‘Wine Star’ award

Just in case you hadn’t heard, our own Rogue Valley has been nominated by the influential Wine Enthusiast Magazine for their 2022 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year.

But it doesn’t end there.

Troon Vineyard, located in the Applegate, also has been nominated for a Wine Star Award for American Winery of the Year.

Bravo! Kudos! Cheers! And loud applause for our extraordinary Rogue Valley AVA wine growers, winemakers and wine industry talent.

There was a time not so long ago when the chatter was about what the signature wine for the Rogue Valley region would be. Tempranillo was tossed around, as was grenache, and a few others. But no one could decide because they all grow well here.

Lately that chatter has subsided as it’s become very apparent that diversity in grape varietals, multiple microclimates and a lot of innovative and extraordinary wine growers and makers is our strength. Currently within the Rogue Valley AVA, more than 70 grape varieties are grown and bottled. We have become known for the unique qualities of our wineries, award-winning wines and a vast landscape of terroirs unlike anywhere else in the world.

In Wine Enthusiast’s nomination of the Rogue Valley, they describe, “One of Southern Oregon’s greatest attributes is its wide range of winemaking styles and grape varieties, thanks to a mild climate with ample sunshine and a diversity of soil types and elevations. An ever-improving infrastructure of hotels and restaurants is spreading throughout the region that remains largely free of crowds and traffic. Add jaw-dropping scenic beauty as well as cultural attractions, such as the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., and Southern Oregon is quickly becoming a must-visit for any traveler.”

What this nomination means is that Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, is in the top 5 finalists for this prestigious international award that also includes, Abruzzo, Italy; Marlboro, New Zealand; Uco Valley, Argentina; and San Luis Obispo, California.

About Troon, Wine Enthusiast states: “Troon Vineyard has a long history dating back to 1972, yet recent years have seen it become one of the most forward-thinking wineries in the U.S. as it is just one of two to have become Regenerative Organic Certified through the Regenerative Organic Alliance. The recent certification follows a conversion to biodynamic farming that has revitalized the estate’s soils while also providing a template for other wineries both locally and around the world to reduce their environmental impact.”

The four other nominees for this incredible American Winery Award include Far Niente in Napa Valley; Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, California; Wild Arc Farm, Hudson Valley New York; and The Eyrie Vineyards, another Oregon winery in the Willamette Valley. Wild Arc Farm and The Eyrie Vineyards also are following the path of sustainable, regenerative practices.

Bring out your local bottles — top 5 is bubble-worthy. The Rogue Valley is crushing it!

Winners of Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards will be announced Nov. 3.

Reach Paula Bandy at pbthegrapevine@gmail.com and connect with her on Instagram at @pbthroughthegrapevine