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Eden Valley Orchards - BirthPlace to the Pear Industry
Eden Valley Orchards Packing House
Eden Valley Orchards rests on a former Donation Land Claim in Jackson County, Oregon, that has been in cultivation since 1853.
In 1885, Joseph Stewart purchased the 160 acres from Mortgagee, Peter Britt and planted the first commercial pear orchards in the United States. The Industrial Age opened the West coast’s potential.
In 1899, Joseph Stewart sold his property to Gordon and Helen (Burrell) Voorhies of Portland, Oregon. Burrell’s were one of the pioneer families of Portland.
In 1926, Gordon Voorhies, Leonard and Alfred Carpenter, Chandler Egan, and Corning Kenly established Southern Oregon Sales (SOS), a fruit cooperative in Medford.
Exactly a century from the original Voorhies purchase in 1899, the core of the Eden Valley Orchards property conveyed to a long time orchard family, the Roots.
The entire property was selected to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 14, 2000.
Eden Valley Orchards opens its doors to the public and processes its first vintage of premium wine under its wine brand – EdenVale Winery.
EdenVale processed its first organic pear cider made from heritage estate fruit.
A Living Monument
Lying not far from railroad tracks and fruit packing plants that are emblematic of the shared bounty of the Rogue River Valley is Eden Valley Orchards. In many ways the surrounding scenery has not changed much since the first shipment of pears was made from this area of south Medford in the late 1800s. The picturesque hillsides, dotted with pear orchards and vineyards, still offer some of the most beautiful, bucolic scenery in the state—or in the nation, many would say.
Deeply imprinted on the area is the legacy of Joseph H. Stewart, Eden Valley’s founder who became the patriarch of Southern Oregon’s fruit industry. A prominent contemporary of Stewart’s remarked, “Every fruit tree in Rogue River Valley will be a monument to his memory.” Indeed, two dozen of the pioneer’s original trees are still growing at Eden Valley Orchards, in a newly designated Joseph H. Stewart Heritage Orchard, and budwood from his original orchard started trees on large orchards throughout the Valley.
Stewart’s orchard, established between 1885 and 1898, was expanded between 1899 and 1932 by Colonel Gordon Voorhies—it grew to over 700 acres. That half-century period of orchard history encompassed the planting of the first Rogue River Valley commercial pear orchard on this land, the expansion of the orchard industry, and the industry’s decline with the onset of the Great Depression. Members of the Voorhies family, who owned the property for most of the twentieth century, saw many other significant changes in the industry and their community.
At Eden Valley Orchards, another of Stewart’s legacies remains. In continuous use by orchardists and their families since its completion in 1898 is a grand home that Stewart built. Named for the family who bought the property a year later and owned it for the next 87 years, the Voorhies Mansion has been the literal and figurative heart of Eden Valley Orchards for over a century. Contributions to the community and gracious hospitality are hallmarks of the Voorhies era. They are traditions that continue.
Preceding Stewart and Voorhies families was the Ball family, whose homestead remains on the Eden Valley property, until a consuming fire, December 2005.
Let’s begin at the beginning and briefly explore—and celebrate—the history of Eden Valley Orchards, which began almost 150 years ago.
"Plant apples for your children and
pears for your grandchildren."
—Old Folk Saying
Wine Club Pick Up Party - Second Quarter of 2018: Sunday, May 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Save the Date! More details will follow in your Wine Club member email.
Light appetizers and entrees available; wine, beer and soft drinks available for sale. Please no pets, outside food or beverages. Seating and table service provided. Perfect for a special occasion. Call our events department to make a reservation for groups larger than 4 at 541-512-2955 x4.
JPR July 2014 "As It Was" series featured Eden Valley Orchards and our history. Click here to connect.
September 2016: Vaux Swift Migration using the Voorhies Mansion chimney.
Finding Eden Valley Orchards and EdenVale Winery located at 2310 Voorhies Road between Medford and Ashand Oregon
Eden Valley Orchards Location Map
We are easily reached in southeast Medford. Just off Highway 99 between Medford and Phoenix.
If you are traveling North on I-5, take the Phoenix freeway exit #24. Turn left at Fern Valley Road, just off the exit to Highway 99. Turn right at this lighted intersection and travel along Highway 99 N until you reach South Stage Road intersection. Turn left onto South Stage Road, crossing the railroad tracks. Voorhies Road is the first cross street. Turn left onto Voorhies. We are the third driveway on your right.
If you are traveling South on I-5, take the South Medford freeway exit (Barnett Road) #27. Continue straight on Stewart Avenue until you reach Highway 99. Turn left at Highway 99 heading South. Continue on until you reach South Stage Road intersection. Turn right onto South Stage Road, crossing the railroad tracks. Voorhies Road is the first cross street. Turn left onto Voorhies. We are the third driveway on your right.
Store/EdenVale Wine ClubsJoin one of our wine clubs and enjoy wines delivered regularly to cellar or share with friends and family.
As a valued member, you’ll receive specially selected shipments of our award-winning wines at an attractive 15% discount, discounts on other retail items and complimentary tasting of reserve wines at our tasting room when you visit. You’ll also receive invitations to exclusive EdenVale events at a discount rate. In addition, tours with a Wine Specialist are available by reservation for members.
Summer Music Series
EdenVale Winery is host to music and dance nights featuring a wide variety of music genre in the formal gardens and outdoor ballroom of the historic Voorhies Mansion. Sign up for our email newsletters by clicking here, or like us on Facebook.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Music starts at 6:00 and ends at 9:00 p.m. Wine Club Members - reserve your wines for the night by calling the tasting room.
June 21: Frankie Hernandez
June 22nd: Salsa Brava
June 28th: Brothers Reed
July 5th: East Main Band
July 12: Frankie Hernandez
July 19th: Brothers Reed
July 20th: Salsa Brava
August 2nd: East Main Band
August 9: Frankie Hernandez
August 16th: Brothers Reed
August 17th: Salsa Brava
August 30: Frankie Hernandez
September 7th: Salsa Brava
Light appetizers and entrees available; wine, beer and soft drinks available for sale. Please no pets, outside food or beverages. Seating and table service provided. Perfect for a special occasion
Eden Valley Orchards was established March 17, 1885
by Joseph H. Stewart - Father of the Commercial Pear Industry
In February of 2017, EdenVale Winery located in the heart of the orchard property, released their first production of it's estate-grown pear cider. The 2016 vintage cider is crisp, dry and 100% organic. Fresh-pressed pears straight from our historic orchards, planted in 1885, were used to make this very unique and refreshing cider. No additional fruit juices or concentrates are used-- only the original estate fruit.
Eden Valley Orchards, born from an Oregon donation land claim in 1851, is now a destination facility rich in history and grace. This orchard, founded and planted by Joseph H. Stewart in March of 1885, is the birthplace of the United States commercial pear industry and a historical leader of innovative agriculture. The gracious mansion (now known as Voorhies Mansion) and picturesque property in the heart of pear country, is the "place and story" that anchors the Rogue Valley's agricultural history. Lying not far from railroad tracks and fruit packing plants that are emblematic of the shared bounty of the Rogue River Valley's pear industry, In many ways the surrounding scenery has not changed much since the first shipment of pears was sent East from this property in south Medford in the late 1800's.
Deeply imprinted on the area is the legacy of Joseph H. Stewart, Eden Valley’s founder who became the patriarch of Southern Oregon’s fruit industry. A prominent contemporary of Stewart’s remarked, “Every fruit tree in the Rogue River Valley will be a monument to his memory.” Indeed, two dozen of the pioneer’s original trees are still growing at Eden Valley Orchards, in its heritage orchard, and bud wood from his original orchard started trees on large orchards throughout the Valley.
Born of an Oregon donation land claim, this land is a destination facility rich in history and grace. Eden Valley Orchards is the birthplace of the Oregon pear industry and a historical leader of innovative agriculture. It is presently taking another leading role in a new regional rebirth of wine making. EdenVale first released their 2001 vintage in 2003 featuring Tempranillo, Syrah, Late Harvest Viognier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sumptuous red and white table wine blends. In 2017 they released the first regional pear cider with the 2016 vintage of estate-grown pears which included the heritage orchard planted in 1885.
This gracious mansion and picturesque property in the heart of pear country is the "place and story" that anchors the Rogue Valley's agricultural history. It also is the perfect location for elegant, private events.
Our unlimited production winery produces our award winning wines and our unique Pear cider right from our own orchard. Come to the tasting room and try our award winning wines and cider and walk among the vines of just relax and enjoy the view of the surrounding hills.
Voorhies Mansion Built in 1890 with formal gardens
27 acres zoned EFU with for sale 10 addition available for sale
6 home sites w/ 4 for sale
Vineyard with 14 varietals
Pear Orchard producing up to 2500
Event Barn and equipment buildings
Unlimited production winery
Full service tasting room and guest areas
The EdenVale Winery facility and visitor center is located on property widely recognized as the birthplace of Oregon’s commercial pear industry at Eden Valley Orchards which began in 1885 by Joseph H. Stewart. Amidst this significant historic setting surrounded by pear orchards, the EdenVale family winery now concentrates on making the finest wines in Southern Oregon, specializing in Syrah, Viognier, Malbec, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Grenache, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the same passion and great care that has always been an important family tradition. We also support the agricultural heritage and modern day farms and artisan businesses that express the region's bounty and diversity.
The small, family-owned and operated production facility has a singular purpose to produce world-class, hand-crafted wines. Our production system is continuously updated and monitored to ensure the each vintage is the best it can be.
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