Daniel Joseph Vineyards

Vineyards

All of our premium grapes are sourced from Southern Oregon’s up-and-coming Rogue Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The Rogue Valley AVA , nestled among three geologically diverse mountain ranges, the Cascade, Siskyou and Coastal,  presents a unique and varied terrain. Each vineyard site has its own unique soil, elevation, microclimate and orientation to the sun that is best suited to particular types of grapes, and careful attention is paid to selecting which varietal will grow best in each vineyard location.

The wide variety of microclimates allows for great diversity in the grape varietals that can flourish in the Rogue Valley. Different areas present growing conditions very similar to some of the more iconic wine regions in Europe. For instance, vineyards near Bear Creek, are generally more suited to grow Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Illinois Valley, located on the far west side of the Rouge Valley AVA, is significantly cooler and wetter. This makes it more suited to grow Burgundy varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Incidentally, the Illinois Valley is home to Earth Song Vineyards, where the grapes used to make Daniel Joseph Pinot Noir are grown.

The Applegate Valley AVA (Rogue Valley’s only sub-AVA) lies between the other two, literally, and in terms of temperature and rainfall. One can find varietals like Tempranillo and Riesling (among many others) growing in this more moderate climate.