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Forbes offers a month-to-month guide of wineries to visit this year. The Rogue and Applegate Valleys are listed as a must-visit for August. The summer sun adds warmth and sparkle to a grand experience of local flavors, breathtaking scenery and an all-around relaxing atmosphere. Though our wineries do an incredible job at offering an unforgettable experience year-round with their world-class, award-winning wines and beautiful surroundings.
Sunny skies prevail in southern Oregon's wine country. (Image by Lauren Mowery)
"August: Rogue and Applegate Valleys, Southern OregonOregon is often confused as being a misty gray place full of lush forest, Pinot vineyards, and affected hipsters. Yes, those conditions exist, but mostly in the northern rain shadow between the coast and the Cascade Range. Much of the state has a dry and sunny clime, including down south where the diverse vineyards of the Rogue and Applegate Valleys lie. And wine diversity defines the Valleys—the range of micro-climates allows for everything from Riesling to Cabernet to ripen. Add outdoor sports like hiking, rafting, fishing, and biking to museums, theater, live music venues, and restaurants, plus a stroll through a preserved, gold-rush era town and the activities prove as varied as the wine."
-Lauren Mowery, Forbes Contributor