Winemaking in Oregon began more than 150 years ago when Peter Britt of Jacksonville brought grapevine cuttings from California to create his Valley View Vineyard. By 1890, the Southern Oregon State Board of Agriculture forecast a vineyard-dotted Rogue Valley to rival “the castled Rhine, the classical vales of Italy and the sunny slopes of France.” But Prohibition, which became law in Oregon four years before the rest of the country, killed the nascent industry. Not until the 1970s, when Americans discovered a passion for wine, was winegrowing and winemaking in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley reestablished. Pear orchards were converted to vineyards, and winemakingnot on a California scale, but rather in boutique wineries tucked away along scenic country roadsbegan anew and thrived.
About the Author
Author Eric Weisinger grew up in the Rogue Valley wine business and now splits his time between winemaking in New Zealand and consulting for wineries in Oregon. Freelance writer MJ Daspit resides in Ashland, Oregon, and pens articles on its past and present for periodicals. This volume’s photographs come from the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the people of the Rogue Valley wine industry.
Table of Contents
1 The 1850s through Prohibition 9
2 The Revival and Today's Wine Scene 17
3 Individuals Who Have Influenced the Industry 93
4 Tasting Venues and Events 101