While a jaunt through beautiful Willamette Valley wine country – just 30 minutes outside of Portland – is always recommended, an influx of urban wineries is letting Portlanders visit tasting rooms and meet winemakers without ever leaving city limits. The city’s oldest winery, Hip Chicks Do Wine, opened in 1999, and more than a dozen wineries have since followed suit.
Many of these city vintners have banded together under the moniker PDX Urban Wineries, including 12 local favorites like Division Winemaking Company, Urban Crush and Seven Bridges Winery. Together, they host the annual PDX Urban Wine Experience, a tasting event for sampling new and limited-production wines crafted right here in Portland. The group also plans quarterly “Wine Weekends,” during which member wineries offer discounted tastings and specially-crafted pours.
But in Portland, it never has to be a special occasion to savor local wines. A trip to foodie-haven Division Street can take you to Southeast Wine Collective, which houses 10 wineries in one building. Sample pinot noirs from residents like Ore, Willful and Fullerton while enjoying cheese, charcuterie and small plates designed to pair perfectly with wines in the collective tasting flight. For more substantial eats, visit Cyril’s, the café and cheese shop where Clay Pigeon Winery offers flights and pours alongside hearty “enopub” fare.
Or avoid the hassle of finding a designated driver by taking the Portland Short Bus. This frequent urban wine tour service picks you up at EastBurn and takes you on an adventure to eight local wineries, including Boedecker, Enso, Jan-Marc and Tesoaria, providing a deliciously worry-free method of tasting your way through Portland’s wine scene.