Sporting While Drinking: Local Adventure Companies Pair Well With Wine
Our culture is one of multitasking: food to go, hands-free devices and still for some, walking and chewing gum. Even our relaxing and entertainment typically includes two or more points of interest. Here in the Rogue Valley, wine and adventure go together as well as wine and cheese.
With affectionate names like “wafting” and “wiking” (wine and rafting or hiking, respectively), there are a few companies around that know how to show locals and tourists alike a good time, like Indigo Creek Outfitters, who Southern Oregon Magazine’s readers dubbed the “Best Rafting Outfitter and Guide” in 2014. With over 43 years of outfitting history, Indigo Creek can take you down the river and to wineries afterwards, without breaking a sweat.
Indigo Creek Outfitters
130 A Street, #2B, Ashland
Based in Ashland, Momentum can take you down our local Rogue or Illinois Rivers, or they will go as far as Idaho and Northern California to show you a good time. They not only offer wine, but also cheese pairings and organic fare.
Momentum River Expeditions
3195 East Main #2, Ashland
Though it sounds ominous, Orange Torpedo boasts a trifecta of outdoor adventures, along with wine, of course. Rafting, hiking and mountain biking are on the agenda; the only thing to make it better is wine.
Orange Torpedo Trips
210 Merlin Road, Merlin
Rogue Raft Company takes it up a notch by adding ziplining to the somewhat standard wine with rafting or hiking repertoire. Teaming up with Rogue Valley Zipline Adventure and Del Rio Vineyards and Winery, Rogue Raft Co. keeps it local in good ol’ Gold Hill.
Rogue Raft Company
205 Garden Row, Gold Hill
Clocking in at a tidy third place in our “Best of” listing this year, Rogue Wilderness of Merlin serves a plethora of wine along with their three-day rafting trip. In addition to their very own sommelier, patrons even get to enjoy one night of a real bed. They also offer a four-day hiking trip with wine at the end of the trail every night with—get this—a real bed every night.
325 Galice Road, Merlin