In this episode of Discovering Wine Country, we are focusing on Biodynamics and Troon Vineyard in Oregon’s Applegate Valley.
This will also be an introduction to Biodynamics, and we will share conversations with several biodynamic vineyard owners.
There will also be a preview of Regenerative Agriculture which we will discuss more in a future episode. Troon vineyard has transitioned to biodynamic and is now the 2nd vineyard in the world to become Regenerative Organic Certified.
Andrew Beedy the Troon Biodynamic Consultant speaks with us and finally taste through some of the Troon wines.
The Applegate Valley
Just north of the California border nested within the Rogue Valley, you find the Applegate Valley AVA. This valley, created by the Applegate River has soils dominated by river sediment. The thing about river sediment is that it is moving and depositing soil and the Applegate River has shifted and moved, so the soils, while all alluvial are different depending on when they were deposited.
The valley is rural, the I-5 with Ashland and Medford sit outside the AVA boundaries along the Rogue River. The Pacific is just 50 miles away to the West, but the Siskiyou Mountains shield the region from the cool marine air.
50 miles long, covering 275,000 acres, the Applegate Valley AVA is home to 18 wineries, and it is spectacularly beautiful.