The Rhone Varietals of Soloro Vineyard
The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône River valley. Conditions for growing high-quality grapes are ‘just-right’, and the region produces hundreds of great wines.
The climate, soil, rainfall, length of growing season and other factors create the same ‘just-right’ conditions for grapes right here in Southern Oregon. We are able to grow high-quality grapes that in turn produce excellent wine, comparable to the French wines of the Rhone River valley.
The Rhône is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône.
The Rhône varietal grapes of the northern sub-region were of interest to us here at Soloro Vineyard.
There are dozens of varietals grown in the Rhone Valley in France. Here at Soloro Vineyard we selected 5 of the 9 primary varietals of the Northern Rhône region to grow:
All of the Rhône varietals we chose were imported from French nurseries, and they were carefully grafted, one-at-a-time, to sturdy American root stock.
The soil of our gently sloping hillside drains well for when it rains too much, and the vines planted there can be irrigated with the cool, clear, mineral-rich water from the underground mountain springs for when it rains too little.
Add a little sunshine to this and we think our Rhone varietals may be as good as any grapes grown anywhere in the world.
You may be thinking we are quite proud of the wine we produce here.
Try it, and you’ll understand why.
Tim and June Navarro