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 and arrange a guided tour. Many tour operators will let you choose your own wine adventure (use this map as a guide). From Teutonic Wine Company to Jan-Marc Cellars you can sip your way through Portland’s wine scene, worry-free.
World-famous pinot noirs, crisp chardonnays and sweet rieslings are just a taste of the dozens of wines that Oregon has to offer. On this adventure through the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley, you’ll visit three carefully selected vineyards. Guests will partake in tasting flights and experience a behind-the-scenes view of viticulture.