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 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.
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, providing a deliciously worry-free method of tasting your way through Portland’s wine scene.
Celebrate Harvest 2019 with Coehlo Winery’s newly released Whole Cluster Carbonic Pinot Nouveau Release, available just in time to enjoy for Thanksgiving. Bring your growler ($27 for fill-up) or purchase a Coelho growler ($20 for the growler). Complimentary finger foods will be available. The tasting flight fee is refunded with the purchase of two bottles.
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 150 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favori