Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE! reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

Troon Vineyard Named One of the Top 10 Hottest Wine Brands by Wine Business Monthly

Troon Vineyard has been named one of the “Top 10 Hot Brands” in America. The well respected industry publication Wine Business Monthly announced the list in its February 2013 issue. This prestigious award is perhaps the most impressive accolade this…

Continue reading Troon Vineyard Named One of the Top 10 Hottest Wine Brands by Wine Business Monthly

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!

Continue reading 40 Years of Making History – Troon Vineyard

Hitting the Sand to Spread the Southern Oregon Story

Cooperatively spreading the word about the Southern Oregon wine region, eight Southern Oregon wineries traveled down to Dana Point, California to participate in the two-day California Wine Festival.AbacelaBridgeview VineyardsCliff Creek CellarsMelrose …

Continue reading Hitting the Sand to Spread the Southern Oregon Story

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…

Continue reading Celebrating 50 Years – Britt Festival Announces 2012 Season

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…

Continue reading Family Fun at Troon Vineyard’s Annual Easter Festival

"Greatest of the Grape" Winners Announced

The distinctive wines of the Umpqua Valley and Southern Oregon were the celebrated stars of Saturday’s “Greatest of the Grape” wine and food extravaganza held at Seven Feathers Casino Resort.Sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association, the g…

Continue reading "Greatest of the Grape" Winners Announced

The Loss of a Legend, Dick Troon

Today we lost Southern Oregon wine pioneer and Troon Vineyard founder, Dick Troon.From planting the first vines in the Applegate Valley in 1972, advocating for viticulture classes at the Rogue Community College, and mistakenly making ‘Druid’s Fluid,’ M…

Continue reading The Loss of a Legend, Dick Troon

Celebrate Harvest this October!

The busiest, most beautiful time of year is upon us in the local wineries and vineyards. Though it has been a challenging year from a weather perspective to ripen the fruit, the eventual grape harvest is always a time of great celebration. Get involved…

Continue reading Celebrate Harvest this October!

Troon Draws New Lines In The Southern Oregon Soil

Troon Vineyard is the topic of the current Feature Story on — New Varietals, New Emphasis on Food and Hospitality for Applegate Valley Winery –By Jim Gullo“We don’t come from the same upbringing,” Chris Martin, the propriet…

Continue reading Troon Draws New Lines In The Southern Oregon Soil

Optimistic Harvest Outlook

I’m an optimist, and apparently so is Pat Spangler of Spangler Vineyards in his recent interview with Wine Press Northwest:Thursday, Sep. 01, 2011Umpqua Valley grapes look better than 2010By Eric Degerman, Wine Press NorthwestROSEBURG, Ore. — While fo…

Continue reading Optimistic Harvest Outlook