Gold Hill is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, along the Rogue River, in the scenic Rogue Valley. The valley has exceptionally good conditions for growing wine grapes and the area around Gold Hill has a number of reputable vineyards and wineries. Some of the best are Del Rio Vineyards and Winery, Kriselle Cellars and Cliff Creek Cellars. Gold Hill is home to a roadside attraction called the Oregon Vortex. Just north of Gold Hill is Nugget Falls, a popular whitewater kayaking destination. Valley of the Rogue State Park on the banks of the Rogue River is a popular destination for camping, kayaking, swimming and fishing.
1.Del Rio Vineyards & Winery
© Del Rio Vineyards & Winery
Established in 1997 near Gold Hill, Oregon with one single vineyard, Del Rio Vineyards and Winery is located in the heart of Rogue Valley wine country, in the building that was once the Rock Point hotel built in 1864. Their tasting room has a rustic and warm atmosphere and the facilities include a great outdoor space for a family picnic, which offers a wonderful view of the surrounding vineyard. The characteristic soil, rolling hills, alluvial fans, and southern exposure all combine to create the right conditions for great wine making. Del Rio produces a small but exquisite range of reds, whites and roses.
52 N River Rd, Gold Hill, OR 97525, Phone: 541-855-2062
2.The Oregon Vortex House of Mystery
© The Oregon Vortex House of Mystery
The Oregon Vortex is a roadside attraction in Gold Hill, Oregon that consists of a number of gravity hill optical illusions, which are interpreted by the owner of the property on which they are found, as the result of paranormal qualities of the area. Anything called ‘paranormal’ is much more interesting to the visiting tourists than a naturally occurring phenomenon. In fact, the Oregon Vortex is an optical illusion caused by a spherical field of force, half above and half below the ground. The Phenomena that gives The Oregon Vortex its name are evident throughout the entire area. Nowhere in the area of the vortex can a person stand erect. The visitor inevitably assumes a posture that inclines toward magnetic north. As a person recedes from you towards magnetic south, they appear taller. When they approach you, coming towards magnetic north, they become shorter. This is difficult to comprehend as it is against the laws of perspective, so it is explained as paranormal.
4303 Sardine Creek L Fork Rd, Gold Hill, OR 97525, Phone: 541-855-1543
3.Valley of the Rogue State Park
Valley of the Rogue State Park is located in west central Jackson County, Oregon, near Medford, on the banks of the Rogue River. The park has a year-round campground, a nature trail and a river access for boating, fishing, and swimming. The 1.25 mile long hiking trail winds along the river banks until it intersects with the Rogue River Greenway Trail . About four miles of the Rogue River Greenway run throughout the park. There are informative interpretative signs along the trail. Local rangers organize Junior Ranger programs throughout the year.
Gold Hill, OR 97525, Phone: 800-551-6949
© Kriselle Cellars
Kriselle Cellars is an estate winery located in the heart of the scenic Rogue Valley, in Southern Oregon. The Kriselle Cellars Estate vineyard has about 25 planted acres of grape. The grapes grow on a south-facing slope between the Upper Table Rock Plateau and the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Kriselle Cellars produces about 4,000 cases of Oregon red and white varietals in the winery located on the family ranch. There is a charming wine tasting room in the winery. The wine is made from grapes grown on the Estate vineyard, as well as from other local vineyards and are all made from southern Oregon grapes.
12956 Modoc Rd, White City, OR 97503, Phone: 541-830-8466
5.Cliff Creek Winery
© Cliff Creek Winery
Cliff Creek Cellars produce high quality, estate-grown wines that have gained local, regional and national recognition and wide distribution. Cliff Creek Wine is made from the harvest of their own vineyard, Sam’s Valley Vineyard. Sam’s Valley Vineyard is located northeast of Gold Hill, Oregon on a family-owned farm that was used to graze cattle and grow grasses. About 70 acres are now in grape production, 20 acres in Syrah, 20 acres in Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest growing Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese. One of their wine tasting rooms is located at the vineyard, while the other one is set in a refurbished historic Bank in Newberg, Oregon.
1015 McDonough Rd, Gold Hill, OR 97525, Phone: 541-855-5330
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