The Bear Creek Wine Trail consists of eleven wineries nestled in the hills along the back-roads of the Rogue Valley. These estate wineries are conveniently located just minutes from Ashland, and offer you the opportunity to experience breathtaking views, drink award winning wines, and enhance your Southern Oregon experience.
Born and raised in Texas, John Weisinger moved to Oregon in 1979 to pursue a dream of making wine and for 10 years he did just that. In 1997 John’s son, Eric took over as winemaker. As a child and a young man, Eric did everything from working in the vineyard to assisting with his father’s winemaking, supplementing his hands-on experience with courses in wine chemistry at University of California at Davis. John focused his attention to the administrative side of the winery as the business grew.
In 2006 Eric left the winery to expand his horizons in the industry working in New Zealand, Australia and Napa, California. Upon his return to the Rogue Valley, Eric began working as a winemaking consultant and started a local vineyard management business. John has since retired and lives part-time in Texas with his wife, Janie, while Eric runs the family business.
Valley View is the oldest and most award winning winery in Southern Oregon. Our vineyards were planted in 1972, just nine miles from Jacksonville, in the Applegate Valley. Because the Applegate Valley is considerably sunnier, warmer, and drier than elsewhere in western Oregon, Valley View concentrates on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Viognier, Syrah and Tempranillo at our estate vineyard.
Valley View was originally established by pioneer Peter Britt in the 1850’s. The winery ended with Britt’s death in 1906. The original Britt vineyard name was restored in 1972 by the Wisnovsky family for their vineyard and winery, which today is still owned by the same family.
Our tasting room mainly pours our reserve label, Anna Maria, named after the matriarch of the Wisnovsky family. The wine tasting pavilion boasts beautiful views and a relaxing picnic area and patio. We are dog and kid friendly and offer both tasting flights and wine by the glass.