QUADY NORTH’s Jacksonville tasting room is located in a charming brick building, reckoned by some to be the old telephone exchange, at the corner of 5th and California Streets. The modest premises belie the big wines inside.
Quady North is the name of Herb Quady’s Applegate Valley wine venture, a scion of his parents’ Fresno area Quady Winery. While the senior Quady is a producer of renowned sweet and aperitif wines, Quady North is known for big, bold Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. After working as Assistant Winemaker at the California Central Coast Bonny Doon Vineyard, Quady came to Oregon to found his own brand, convinced that the truly-compelling wines were being made from grapes grown in cooler areas. In 2005 the family selected 100 acres of south-facing hillside in the Applegate Valley and planted their first 15 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Viognier. Today there are eight vineyards, with two in the Rogue Valley, and the list of varietals has expanded to include Grenache, Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot. Quady North is committed to producing small lot, minimally-handled wines sourced primarily from the estate. The focus remains premium Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what Herb Quady calls his “love triangle.”