This land in the Bear Creek Valley surrounding Ashland, Oregon was and is home to the Native Americans. These people did not have access to the grape vines that now grow in the Valley.
We are blessed with the agricultural progress of many millennium of planting and fermenting this magical farm product.
The land has taken a liking to these non-native plants. Once again the benefits of our agrarian society shine through with the pioneer efforts of local winemakers.
All this points to the notion that wine reflects "place"..the French call it "terroir". For the wine tourist, there is no better way to discover this connection than by visiting our local wineries.