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Vineyard Photography in Oregon’s Illinois Valley

August 10, 2017

This past spring, I took a road trip to take photos for a feature story for Oregon Wine Press. I had never been to the Illinois Valley before and was excited to visit a new wine growing region in Oregon. Driving down from Portland the area seemed quite remote and beautiful with stunning views of the Siskiyou Mountains. Unfortunately once I got to my destination it rained almost every day with the exception of one afternoon when I went to visit Deer Creek Vineyards. It was not until then that I was fully able to appreciate how special this area is. Because I had never stayed in a tree house before I made arrangements to spend one night at Out’n’Abut Treehouse Tresort. I loved it and it was delightful to go to sleep up in the trees.

Out 'N' About Tree house in the Illinois Valley, Oregon

Out ‘N’ About Tree house in the Illinois Valley, Oregon

Deer Creek, Bridgeview, Foris and Augustino Estate are all located near Cave Junction.

Bridgeview’s vines are planted along the Sucker Creek, which has recently become problematic as the vineyard is losing valuable land to the creek.

Bridge View Vineyards along Sucker Creek

BridgeView Vineyards along Sucker Creek.

Rene Eichman 3rd generation wine maker and co-owner continues the European winemaking tradition.

Rene Eichmann winemaker and co-owne of BridgeView Vineyards in the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon barrel tasting his Pinot Noir

Rene Eichmann winemaker and co-owner of BridgeView Vineyards in the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon

Joe Imholz at Bridgeview Winery inspecting wine

Cellar Master, Joe Imholz at Bridgeview Winery inspecting wine

My one day of sunshine was happily spent at Deer Creek Vineyards with its breathtaking views of snow capped mountains. Owners Katherine and John Bryon restored this 1988 vineyard in 2010.

Deer Creek Winery in the Illinois Valley

Deer Creek Winery in the Illinois Valley

Augustino Vineyard, the southern most vineyard in the valley is a relatively new comer to Oregon with it’s treehouse tasting room. Also boasting beautiful views of the Siskiyou Mountains, the porch of the tasting room is a great place to spend time enjoying their wine.

Augustino Vineyards at Rock'n'ranch

Augustino Vineyards at Rock’n’ranch

Augustino Vineyards at Rock'n'ranch on a cloudy morning

Augustino Vineyards at Rock’n’ranch on a cloudy morning

Augustino Vineyards at Rock'n'ranch

Augustino Vineyards at Rock’n’ranch

Foris Vineyards in the Illinois Valley, Oregon

Foris Vineyards in the Illinois Valley, Oregon

The tree house tasting room Augustino Vineyards at Rock'n Ran

The tree house tasting room Augustino Vineyards at Rock’n Ranch.

Wine and Cheese in the Tree house tasting room at Augustino Vineyards in the Illinois Valley, Oregon

Augustino Vineyard in the Illinois Valley, Oregon

Stephanie Pau recently joined Foris Vineyards as the vineyard’s new winemaker.  She is the 4th, in the 30 year history of the winery. I am looking forward to trying her first vintage.

Foris Winery's winemaker Stephanie Pao barrel tasting.

Wine maker Stephanie Pa0

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