Welcome to the Crow and Bear We're Not Your Ordinary . . .
|Welcome to the newest vineyard and winery/tasting room in Southern Oregon's Applegate Valley AVA. Nestled against the eastern foothills of the Siskiyous near where the Applegate River joins the Rogue, the Crow and Bear enjoys mild winters and warm summers ideal for the Old World-style wine grapes that are our specialty.|
|Six miles west of Grants Pass and only two minutes from the Redwood Highway (State Route 199), we are very accessible by car, bicycle, or motorcycle. Watch for the blue road signs on the highway.|
|Here you will see the small boutique vineyard that is being lovingly tended by our vineyard manager, Adam Perez.|
|You'll visit the winery, which houses a cozy tasting room that's open Thursdays through Sundays, 11 to 5:30. There you'll enjoy Crow and Bear wine by the taste, the glass, the bottle, or the growler.|
|You'll see old Growler himself (our bronze bear). You might want to rub his nose for courage.|
|You'll peek into the party room where groups gather to celebrate, salubriate, and enjoy good cheer.
|And in the tasting room, which affords a view of all this,|
you will be greeted and served by the lovely Martina.
One weekend a month will be Owner's Weekend. We ourselves will be pouring. If the weather's cool enough, you might even find us wearing buckskin.
|What makes us "not your ordinary"?|
Well, for one thing, we have wine but only this year will we have grapes.
Circumstances set our vineyard production back an entire year, but gave us a very unusual story in exchange.
You can read about it here. Just click on Photo Essay: Birth of a Vineyard.
The good news is that now you get to watch the growth
of the Crow and Bear vines--
the Syrah, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo, and Primitivo
the Chardonnay, and the Viognier.
Another reason we're "not your ordinary"?
These fields once grew hay; this winery was originally a six-stall horse barn.
We've kept many of the barn's features: wrought iron stall gates,
the sliding barn doors that now act as shutters, even some of the wood the horses once "cribbed".
Someone once told us we'd never grow grapes here.
"The whole place is a swamp," he said.
But with proper ditching,
with vision and with courage,
this Jerome Prairie decomposed granite is blooming.
Yet another reason we're "not your ordinary"?--
We've gone double-up.
Going forward, every wine we offer in bottles will also be on tap,
so you can come in for your weekly refill
or send Aunt Nellie a bottle of our best.
Our expanded tap system bears testimony
to our belief in the growler program: it's good economics for you and for us,
and it's good for the environment,
because no matter how beautiful the bottle,
when it's empty it ends up in a landfill somewhere.
Never underestimate the crow or the bear.
They're not your ordinary.
And that's a story in itself.
|You'll find the Crow and Bear to be a very friendly, personable place:|
• easy to get to, • fun to visit, • transparent to view, • and knowledgeable from grape to glass.
So come and enjoy a little Courage (our red wine),
a little Vision (our white wine),
and find out more about why "We're Not Your Ordinary . . . "
|And while you're at it, |
take a peek at what our good friends
Harry and Marion Knight are doing at Tirosh.
Cheer them on: they got off to the same rocky start we did.
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