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April 27, 2024 | Marketing | Kirk Drake

Pairing Rogue Valley Wines with Hiking Trails in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, and the Applegate

Rogue Valley Oregon is one of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts and wine aficionados alike. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and premium vineyards, it offers the perfect combination of scenic beauty and world-class wines. In this blog, we’ll explore the best hikes in the Rogue Valley and pair each one with a fantastic wine from Resistance Wine Company, ensuring that your outdoor adventures are complemented by a delightful glass of wine. Whether you prefer a light rosé after a summer hike or a full-bodied Syrah to warm you in the fall, we've got the perfect pairing for you.

 Best Hikes and Wine Pairings in the Rogue Valley

 1. Upper and Lower Table Rock – Paired with Resistance Wine Co. Rosé

Hike Overview: The Table Rocks are one of the Rogue Valley's most iconic landmarks, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valley and the distant Siskiyou Mountains. The Upper Table Rock is a moderate 2.8-mile hike, while the Lower Table Rock is a slightly easier 5.4-mile journey. Both provide excellent opportunities for wildflower viewing in the spring.   Both are near Medford.

Wine Pairing: After your hike, unwind with a glass of Resistance Wine Co.’s Rosé. Its crisp freshness and hints of strawberry and honeysuckle will refresh you after your trek, mirroring the gentle breezes you enjoyed atop the plateau.


 2. Grizzly Peak Trail – Paired with Resistance Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc

Hike Overview: The Grizzly Peak Trail offers a 5-mile loop that rewards hikers with wildflower displays and an outstanding view of the Ashland area, including the peaks of Mount Ashland. The trail is particularly stunning in the late spring and early summer.  This hike is dog friendly too and relatively flat and close to Ashland.

Wine Pairing: The floral and citrus notes of Resistance Wine Co.'s Sauvignon Blanc make it a perfect complement to Grizzly Peak. Its light body and crisp finish will be a delightful treat after your hiking adventure.  Sunshine in a glass!


3. Sterling Mine Ditch Trail – Paired with Resistance Wine Co. Malbec

Hike Overview: This historic trail stretches nearly 26 miles in total but offers several shorter segments for an easier day hike. It's especially popular among mountain bikers and horseback riders, with beautiful wildflowers and expansive views. This one is closer to Jacksonville.

Wine Pairing: The rich and robust flavors of Resistance Wine Co.’s Malbec, with its deep berry and plum notes, will match the earthy tones of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. Enjoy a glass in the evening to reflect on the day’s journey.



4. Roxy Ann Peak Trail – Paired with Resistance Wine Company Syrah

Hike Overview: Located within the city limits of Medford, Roxy Ann Peak is ideal for those looking for a quick but rewarding hike. The 3.7-mile trail offers excellent views of the Rogue Valley and is accessible year-round.  You can hike around the base of the peak or up to the cell towers at the top – which is much more challenging!

Wine Pairing: The Oregon Wine Experience Award Winning Resistance Wine Company Syrah with its subtle hints of dark cherry and chocolate is a great way to end your day. Its smooth finish pairs well with the peaceful vistas from Roxy Ann Peak.


5. Applegate Lake Loop Trail – Paired with Resistance Wine Co. Tempranillo

Hike Overview: This trail encircles the serene Applegate Lake with options ranging from short walks to a full 17.5-mile loop. It's perfect for hikers who enjoy water views and a tranquil setting.

Wine Pairing: Tempranillo (releases fall 2024), with its complex layers of leather, tobacco, and berries, complements the rustic nature of Applegate Lake. Resistance Wine Co.'s version brings a touch of elegance to any post-hike meal or gathering.




 6. Cathedral Hills Trail System – Paired with Resistance Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon

Hike Overview: Located just outside of Grants Pass, Cathedral Hills offers a variety of trails that range from easy to moderate. This area is a haven for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, boasting an array of blooming wildflowers in the spring.

Wine Pairing: The bold and structured Resistance Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon (releases fall 2024), with its notes of blackcurrant and oak, mirrors the robust nature of Cathedral Hills. It’s the perfect sip to enjoy while recounting the day’s adventures.



 7. Bear Creek Greenway – Paired with Resistance Wine Co. Collab

Hike Overview: Stretching 20 miles from Ashland to Central Point, this multi-use trail offers a gentle path that is accessible to all levels of hikers and is lined with a mix of urban and natural scenery.

Wine Pairing: The Collab, a unique blend from Resistance Wine Co., is versatile and engaging, making it ideal for relaxing after a leisurely hike along Bear Creek.




Need other hike ideas – the Resistance team loves to hike and will have lots of ideas if you are in Ashland and need to plan something!  Book an appointment here! 


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