Amid the local restaurants, food carts, breweries and distilleries, we can now add wineries and wine making to the list of what makes Portland truly unique as a culinary destination. A growing number of full-production wineries now call Portland home, producing wines from grapes grown all over the Pacific Northwestâ€”wines that rival the best in the region. These wineries are conveniently located in neighborhoods throughout the north and east sides of Portland, and are owned and operated by local residents who want to build an urban wine making and wine appreciation culture.
Their wines include Pinot Noir, of course, but go well beyond the local favorite. Sample locally made Cabernet, Zinfandel, Syrah and Mourvedre, among other red wines, not to mention whiles like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris. And donâ€™t forget the many locally produced dry RosĂ© wines made right here in Portland. PDX Urban Wineriesâ€”we make the grapes do the commuting.
PDX Urban Wineries was founded in 2011. The mission of the organization is to create a culture of urban wineries in the city that are easily accessible to the public by bike, bus, cab or foot. To learn more about the organization and upcoming events, please visit www.pdxurbanwineries.com or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PDXUrbanWine.