The Southern Oregon Winery Association, in cooperation with Travel Southern Oregon, launched a new website in early May to coincide with Oregon Wine Month. The site - www.southernoregonwines.org - offers easy access to the diversity of wine regions and wineries that make up the Southern Oregon Viticultural Area (AVA).

The site is organized by geographic area, including sub-appellations Rogue Valley, Applegate, Umpqua and Elkton Oregon, as well as the Illinois Valley region. Interactive maps and an events calendar guide visitors to wineries in each area.

A searchable database helps visitors find a winery with categories such as tasting room, tours & outings, picnic area, and ADA accessibility. Visitors are invited to follow #southernoregonwines to share their experiences. 

Thanks to positive media coverage and a strong social media push by our TSO / SOWA team, the site nearly doubled both the April 2015 and May 2014 numbers. The site and its new web address welcomed 4,029 visitors in May compared to 2,250 in April and 2,112 in May 2014. The over-last-year increase hit nearly 91%. Mobile users totaled 28%. 

Follow the Southern Oregon Winery Association at www.facebook.com/southernoregonwineryassociation on Facebook and on Instagram @southernoregonwines.