World of Wine moves to Jacksonville

The Southern Oregon World of Wine today announced that it will be moving to Jacksonville and expanding from a single day event into a six-day festival.

The World of Wine, held at Del Rio Vineyards west of Gold Hill since its inception in 2003, will run Aug. 22-27, culminating in the Grand Tasting on Saturday night at Bigham Knoll.

"Jacksonville offers a more centralized location and the ability to expand, as well as being a gateway to the area's wonderful wine regions," said World of Wine Chairman Lee Mankin of Carpenter Hill Vineyard.

More than 750 people have attended the event in recent years, taxing the infrastructure at Del Rio, Mankin said. "We had limited parking at Del Rio and it will be no problem now. It allows us to give more benefit to people coming from out of the area. We get a lot of calls for lodging and now people can walking to their lodging. This gives it a huge chance to really grow."

More than 30 Jacksonville restaurants and businesses are taking part in hosting the event, which showcases wines from more than 40 area wineries.

In addition to the Grand Tasting, the expanded festival will include sensory wine tasting and wine pairing seminars, educational programs, and a gala dinner and live auction.

— Greg Stiles

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