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The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

The most distinctive AVA in the United States….making some of the greatest wines in America.” — Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator.

Formed by an alluvial fan coming off the Blue Mountains, this region was first identified as special by French winemaker Christophe Baron of Cayuse Winery, when he was searching for a spot for his new project. It reminded him of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhône Valley.

Image from Dr. Kevin Pogue

Formation of the AVA was organized by “Dr. Terroir” Kevin Pogue, and his process and thinking was captured for us to learn from:

One of the most interesting things about this AVA is that because it’s wholly located in Oregon, only a winery in Oregon can use the AVA on the label. Most producers of wines from this region are located in Washington, so they are left to the “Walla Walla AVA” designation. Producers like Dusted Valley, however, try to emphasize the location via the naming of the vineyard.

Rocks District: Official website

Vindulge: Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (tons of annoying ads, but good info)

Winesearcher: Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA