While you shouldn’t miss a trip to the Willamette Valley wine country — just 30 minutes outside of Portland — a new wave of urban wineries lets you visit tasting rooms and meet winemakers without leaving city limits. Portland’s oldest winery, Hip Chicks Do Wine, opened in 2001, but with a slew of recent additions the city now has more than a dozen wineries.
Many of these urban vintners have banded together under the PDX Urban Wineries moniker, which includes Bow & Arrow Wines, Clay Pigeon Winery, Division Winemaking Company, Enso Winery, Fullerton Wines, Helioterra Wines, Hip Chicks Do Wine, Jan-Marc Wine Cellars, Seven Bridges Winery, Viola Wine Cellars and Vincent Wine Company. PDX Urban Wineries hosts an annual PDX Urban Wine Experience as well as quarterly PDX Urban Wine Weekends.
Right off foodie favorite Division Street, the Southeast Wine Collective houses nine wineries in one building. Sample pinot noirs from residents like Ore, Willful and Fullerton, or try the offerings of guest winemakers, all 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.
Need a designated driver? The Portland Short Bus offers frequent urban winery tours featuring wineries like Boedecker Cellars, Clay Pigeon, Enso, Hip Chicks, Jan-Marc Cellars, Seven Bridges, Southeast Wine Collective and Tesoaria, providing a safe and fun way to visit several wineries worry-free.