Wine enthusiasts know Oregon for its pinot noir, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit Portland vineyards: spectacular views, budget-friendly flights and tasting rooms that just beg for you to slow down and stay awhile. These wineries near Portland feature a variety of varietals, and offer an ideal escape from the city.
Cooper Mountain Vineyard
Rustic charm abounds at Cooper Mountain Vineyard in Beaverton, Ore. Free-range chickens wander the grounds near the tasting room, which is located inside a converted barn. But don’t let the casual feel fool you — this is a serious wine. The owners, Dr. Robert Gross and his wife Corrine, planted the first vines here in 1978. Today, numerous varietals are grown on four estate vineyards using organic and biodynamic practices.
Enjoy a five-wine tasting for $25 while taking in views of the Chehalem Mountains.
Open Thursdays through Sundays; reservations are required and are available on the hour, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Villa Catalana Cellars
Burl and Cindy Mostul started Villa Catalana Cellars in 2014. Located just 30 minutes south of Portland, the winery sources grapes from four specialty vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. They offer a variety of wines, including pinot noir, syrah and merlot. Their award-winning Cascade Berry dessert wine is also a popular choice.
The Mostuls’ sprawling home was inspired by a 12th-century Spanish church. The tasting room, located in the courtyard, doubles as a tropical plant conservatory showcasing rare species from around the world. Tastings are $15 per person. Wood-fired pizzas are available for purchase (though you’re also welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks). Enjoy a self-guided stroll through the grounds, which boast beautiful Mediterranean-style gardens, a pond and a bocce ball court.
Open Saturdays, 1–4 p.m; reservations are required.
You can visit Helvetia Winery for a $15 tasting or take things to the next level with a tour — which also features a wine tasting and a smoked salmon tasting — for just $5 more. During the tour, you’ll learn about grape growing and the land’s rich history from the proprietor, farm manager and vintner John Platt. And at the farmhouse-turned-tasting room, you’ll sample Helvetia’s current collection. The vineyards themselves are situated just above the Tualatin Valley floor, and the winery is located just 15 minutes west of Portland, in the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains.
Open daily, noon–5 p.m.; reservations are required.
One of Oregon’s oldest vineyards is located less than 30 minutes southwest of downtown Portland: Hamacher Wines (formerly Ponzi Historic Estate). This boutique winery features vineyard views and stunning patio seating. The tasting room is housed in the original home of the winery’s first winemaker.
The flight features a variety of Hamacher wines for a $25 tasting fee (a small number of Ponzi wines are also available to taste and purchase). Find a favorite, then splurge on a bottle. Outside food is allowed on the patio, so you can swirl, sip and picnic all at once. (A game of bocce ball on the estate court is optional and free.)
Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; reservations are required and can be made via phone or email.
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