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Peter Britt established Valley View, the first winery in Jacksonville

1852 - Peter Britt established Valley View, the first winery in Jacksonville

In Jacksonville, Peter Britt, a Swiss immigrant known as the “father of the Southern Oregon fruit business,” founded Valley View, the region’s first winery. On a slope where attendees of the Britt Music Festival now have picnics, Peter Britt started growing table grapes. In 1858, he made his first wine from a vineyard northeast of the town. According to the Jacksonville Review, he sold as many as 3,000 gallons annually for 50 cents a gallon, which corresponds to a gallon’s current market value of almost $14. He received a bill from the IRS in 1873 for unpaid taxes.

When Britt passed away in 1906, the winery was shut down. Frank and Ann Wisnovsky and their family resurrected the name in 1972 for their vineyard and winery located in the lovely Applegate Valley, approximately nine miles from Jacksonville. Because of the wide range of soil types and microclimates found in the Applegate and Rogue Valleys, a wide number of grape varieties can be produced there. Valley View focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier, Syrah, and Tempranillo in our estate vineyard due to the Applegate Valley’s significantly higher levels of sunshine, warmth, and dryness than other parts of western Oregon. The best-selling Oregon blended red wine and a blend of seven varietals, Rogue Red, is another Valley View staple.

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