When viewed through the lens of hindsight, Dick Troon was a visionary – though it may not have seemed quite so at the time. In 1972, there were a number of new-world wine regions paving the way for what was fast becoming a thriving American wine industry. None of them were in Southern Oregon.
A few acres in the Applegate Valley, a small number of vines, a bit of iconoclastic stubbornness and a grand idea would be the foundation for today’s most popular Southern Oregon winery in the Applegate Valley AVA. Here on the Kubli Bench, Dick Troon selected 32 choice acres where he could take advantage of maximum daily sun exposure, warm days and cool nights, at just the right elevation to grow his favorite varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Over the years Dick Troon tried and missed, and tried and hit. He liked to tamper and experiment. Not all of his wines were great, but some were exceptional. Because of that innovative spirit, now, more than 40 years later, we are working with a comprehensive understanding of the wines that can be coaxed from this incomparable place.
In 2003, Troon decided it was time to hand over the reins and let the winery begin a new era. Larry Martin was a friend and fishing buddy who shared Troon’s passion for fine wine and the Martin family became his choice to take over. Troon Vineyard was reborn: a beautiful tasting room was built, larger and more modern production facilities established, new vineyards planted, and a diversity of varietals were introduced to become a permanent part of our program that was forged by Troon’s pioneering nature.
We welcome you to Troon Vineyard, and invite you to try our wines and visit our estate. Here in this special place you will experience firsthand what compelled Dick Troon to put down roots, as well as what motivates us to continue to innovate and set the standard for viticulture in Southern Oregon.