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40 Years of Making History – Troon Vineyard

In 1972, Mr. Richard Troon recognized the warm days and cool nights of the western Applegate Valley, along with superior soil conditions and became one of the first to plant vineyards in the Applegate Valley and all of Southern Oregon. He planted the varietals he like to drink: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. 

Forty years later the winery is honoring the pioneering tradition and accomplishments from then and now, with a celebration on Saturday, August 4th from 11 am – 6 pm. The day will include vineyard tours, release of their first method traditionnelle CJ Cuvée Blanc de Blancs to toast the occasion, live music from LOVEBITE featuring Jeff Pevar from 2-5 pm, and Troon to Table Lunch Service from 12-5:30 pm. The event is complimentary. 

Troon Vineyard is also asking patrons to submit their favorite Troon Vineyard memory (picture, video or story) for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate, meal at Troon to Table, Troon Vineyard logo wine glasses and two tickets to their Harvest Bootcamp. A $220 value. The entries will be featured in the Tasting Room and website. The winner will be selected by the Troon Vineyard staff and will be announced at the 40th celebration. Entry deadline is July 31st. Email entries to [email protected]

A look of Troon Vineyard’s milestones over the years: 

1972 – Mr. Richard Troon planted Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay on his ApplegateValley property. He knew it would take at least four years for the grapes to deliver good wine, so he hung an optimistic sign at the entrance of his property that read, “Purveyor of Fine Wines Since 1972.” His winemaking projections were off by two decades. 

1993 – Mr. Troon started the winery.

2000 – One of Mr. Troon’s most successful winemaking efforts was created by mistake 12 years ago. Mr. Troon harvested Syrah grapes that were deficient in nitrogen leading to a stuck fermentation. The resulting wine was soft and fruit-forward with a hint of residual sugar. He enjoyed how easy it was to drink and named it Druid’s Fluid Red after his fascination with the Druid’s culture and their place in his Scottish heritage. He sold it to his friends and family and it has since grown to become the most popular red wine produced in Southern Oregon.


2003 – Mr. Troon sold his vineyard to the father-and-son team of Larry and Chris Martin. Second-generation winemaker, Herb Quady, joined the team shortly after and he continues to lead the winemaking team. 

The Applegate Valley Estate comprises 98-acres
2005 – The Martin Family constructed a new winery and tasting room facility and set out to expand the estate to 98-acres with 40 planted to winegrapes. The 2002 Reserve Zinfandel was titled “Best Zinfandel in the World,” by the Jerry B. Mead New World Wine Competition. This esteemed award quickly put Troon Vineyard on the map for superior wine quality. 

2006  Troon Vineyard was the first to plant Vermentino in Oregonand the Pacific Northwest. Originally hailing from the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, the grape is well-suited to the climate and produces a refreshing and crisp wine that is an ideal pairing for seafood. It has become their signature white wine and has received buzz as the next “IT” varietal.

2009 – Troon Vineyard opens their Carlton Tasting Room.

2010 – The estate vineyards received the LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) Certification for their sustainable farming efforts.

Team Troon smiles for the camera
2011 – Seven acres of vines were planted to complete the estate vineyard, totaling 40 acres. Troon Vineyard launched the Troon to Table Culinary Program focused on local ingredients paired to highlight their wines. In September, Troon Vineyard celebrated their 500,000th bottle, and at the rate they are growing, estimates to be bottling their 1,000,000th bottle in 2014. 

2012 – Troon Vineyard turns 40!

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Del Rio 2012 Summer Concert Series

Del Rio Vineyards is looking forward to hosting their second annual Summer Concert Series. For 2012 they are offering a fun lineup featuring local talent. From the rock-n-roll of the Roadsters to the country honky tonk of Jef Fretwell & The Detract…

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Celebrating 50 Years – Britt Festival Announces 2012 Season

Celebrating its 50th season, the Britt Festivals announced its 2012 season tonight with a summer of musical diversity. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class ar…

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Family Fun at Troon Vineyard’s Annual Easter Festival

With an afternoon of fun for the whole family, Troon Vineyard will be hosting their annual Easter Festival on Sunday, April 8th from 1-4 pm. The staff has been busy stuffing plastic eggs for the past week in preparation for the huge egg hunt.&nbsp…

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FARM to FORK Announces 2012 Season

The 2012 FARM to FORK Schedule is Here! Tickets Go on Sale March 20th at 7am PST Here is a look at the FARM to FORK 2012 Season. This year Matthew and Erin are working on two very exciting, yet confidential projects that will result in sig…

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Thanksgiving Weekend in Southern Oregon Wine Country!

The Oregon Wine Press published a comprehensive guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Oregon Wine Country. Thanksgiving Weekend has become one of the busiest weekend for wine tastings across the state with many wineries hosting fabulous events, tasting spec…

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Parks UnCorked

 Parks Uncorked will return for the fourth year at the Santo Community Center in West Medford. 95% of the ticket sales, auctions and donations are used to provide scholarships for area youth to participate in Parks & Recreation programmin…

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Big Reds & BBQ at Folin Cellars

Last Friday night 30 (or so) guests gathered in the Tasting Room at Folin Cellars for a little lesson in BBQ and Big Reds. Hosted by Tasting Room Personality, Steve, he poured 10 wines from around the globe paired with grilled shrimp, pulled pork, and …

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2 Cases are Off to Float the River

Chris and I are gearing up to host our Rogue River Rafting & Wine Tour with Rogue River Outfitters. Two nights, three days on the wild and scenic Rogue River.Ahhh… this will be me soon.courtesy- Rogue Wilderness AdventuresHere is what we are pack…

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Southern Oregon gets some Indie Love

The Portland Indie Wine Festival is one of my favorite wine events of the year. Big statement. Why, you ask? Because it celebrates Oregon’s craft winemaking. The event brings together Oregon’s up-and-coming producers, where you can discover limited pro…

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