With the famed wine production region of the Willamette Valley just an hour’s drive away, Portland has a front-row-seat to some of the most heralded vinos in the country. You don’t need to trek all the way out there to visit great wineries, though. The city’s urban winemakers have access to all that wonderful fruit and are putting out excellent vintages that are well worth a sip.
Specializing in old-world style vino, Enso sources the finest grapes from California, Washington State and Oregon to create unique wines of the Pacific Northwest – such as Counoise, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Franc. Have a seat in their beautiful, rustic tasting lounge and pair your beverages with a cheese and charcuterie board.
Southeast Wine Collective
Housing a restaurant, wine bar and full-on winery, Southeast Wine Collective makes vino for seven local producers under one roof. This includes Division Winemaking Company, which takes inspiration from the Loire, Beaujolais and Burgundy regions of France to craft sustainably farmed Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Rosé varieties.
Occupying an old auto body shop, Coopers Hall is one of the city’s largest wine bars in town. The space also offers sight lines right into the winery, so you can watch as the juice is being made. They also use a unique keg system – as opposed to bottles – to reduce waste and cost, which allows them to offer small tasters and glasses, or to fill a bottle of your own The Malbec from the Rouge Valley is particularly recommended.
Husband and wife team Stewart Boedecker and Athena Pappas’ operation focuses on Pinot Noir. They pull grapes exclusively from the Willamette Valley, but style them a little differently. For instance, Boedecker’s bottles lean brighter with a tight acid structure and notes of cherry and currant, while Pappas crafts a Pinot Noir that’s dark and juicy with plum, spice and earth notes.
Owners Sasha Davies and Michael Claypool use native ferments, minimal movement and a process that involves no filtering or fining to produce delicious wines, including a Pinot Noir with cherry and cranberry notes and a finish of cedar and spice; and a Rogue Valley Syrah with blackberry, pepper and a hint of menthol.