Taste of Medford | The Bulletin

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Taste of Medford

From farm to table, Medford aims to please

By John Gottberg Anderson / For The Bulletin

Published: May 10. 2009 4:00AM PST

Exerts from the article…


Straight from the vine

Of the dozens of wineries in the Rogue Valley, two are virtually within the city limits of Medford.

The 250-acre Hillcrest Orchard that supplies the RoxyAnn Winery is, indeed, surrounded on all sides by residential growth on the east side of the city. First planted in pears in 1897, it was purchased by the Reginald Parsons family in 1908 and now is classified as a “century farm,” one that has been in the same family for more than 100 years. It is now administered by third- and fourth-generation Parsons descendants.

While pears, apples and peaches still grow at Hillcrest (and are brokered to Harry & David), most of the acreage has been turned over to grapes. Since 1997, Bordeaux and Rhone varietals — cabernet sauvignon and franc, Grenache, malbec, merlot, petite verdot, roussanne, syrah and tempranillo — have been grown on southern-facing slopes with great success. The RoxyAnn Winery also obtains chardonnay, pinot gris and viognier grapes from other Rogue vineyards, keeping winemaker John Quinones, formerly of the Napa Valley’s Clos Pegase winery, very busy.

Although RoxyAnn produces 15,000 cases of wine a year, it expects to double that production in another three years, said Managing Director Michael Donovan.

In 2002, Hillcrest’s old horse barn was converted into a tasting room and retail store. Like nearly everything else on the property, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.



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