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When you think of Oregon Wine Country, what comes to mind? For many, it is the rolling hills of Willamette Valley. And, although that is the state’s largest wine region, these Portland wine bars are changing things up.
In the bustling city of Portland, more than a dozen wineries have popped up, and they are all within city limits. This means you can get the city life while having the taste of the vineyards all in one place.
These new age wineries are called Urban Wineries, and they are taking Portland by storm. Not only do they have the convenience of the city, but they also have just as many varieties of grapes as traditional wineries.
If you haven’t jumped on this new age movement, here are 7 urban wineries you need to visit in Portland!
#1 Hip Chicks Do Wine
Although this is a relatively new movement, Hip Chicks Do Wine has been around since 1999 and is the oldest winery in Portland. With the tasting room offering a rotating flight of six different wines, you are in for a real hip time. Check out some of my favorites:
- Bad Girl Blanc
- Riot Girl Rose
- Drop Dead Red
- Wine Bunny Rouge
If you aren’t hip enough for these bad girl wines, you will be by the time you leave. Also, keep yourself posted on Hip Chicks Facebook Page for news on events like: Mom’s and Mimosas, The Summer Sangria Party, and Game night.
#2 Southeast Wine Collective
Had a hard day at work? Don’t feel like cooking? Southeast Wine Collective can take your day from blah and transform it into amazing! Choose a glass of wine from over 60 different varieties, order some tasty grub, and sit back and watch your night transform.
If you are a true wino by heart, you can join Southeast Wine Collective wine club. Become a member to get a shipment twice a year. All winos (wine club members) will receive a 10% off a bottle of wine and 15% off a case of wine.
You won’t be disappointed at this urban winery.
#3 Coopers Hall
When you visit Coopers Hall, you also get a bit of history. Coopers Hall is actually housed in an old body shop. Because of this, the winery has very open spaces; therefore, there is no confines between the winery and taproom. This means you can actually observe how the wine gets made.
This urban winery combines two of the best things: wine and dinner. So, you can head in for dinner, wine, entertainment, and have a whole evening planned out. This is the perfect place for a date, a celebration, or even a girls night out. So, take a walk to Coopers Hall.
#4 Enso Winery
Although this is a newer winery, they specialize in hand crafting authentic old-world style wines. Enso Winery has only been bottling these wines since 2011, but they are becoming popular with their infamous red and white blends. Some of the wines you can expect are:
- Cabernet Francs
- Sangria (My favorite and one you must try)
Not only is this a quaint place, but their motto is to keep it small and manageable to offer you only the best wines. This urban winery has its tasting lounge open 7 days a week, and you can even bring minors in until 6 p.m. making this a great family experience.
#5 Teutonic Wine Company
Stiving to make the finest German and Alsatian-style wines in Oregon, Teutonic Wine Company is a small production winery. However, this small production winery is poppin’ with the vibe of a neighborhood bar and rad records spinning to the beat of every sip.
On top of the hipster vibe you get, you can also join the Wine Crue club that gets you 12 bottles of wine, three times per year. And, you can also purchase records for the Teutonic to play and add to its collection.
If you are looking for some classic wines with the feel of a hip hoppin’ bar, then this Portland wine bar is one you can’t beat!
#6 Jan-Marc Wine Cellars
Pretty much every popular band got started in their garage, so why shouldn’t a winery? Jan-Marc Wine Cellars is a winery that is still operating, impressively, out of their garage! Jan-Marc and Barbara started selling their wine out of their two-car garage in 2003, and they just haven’t stopped since.
Not only do they offer amazing wine, but they now have a tasting room that has a variety of wines including:
- Pinot Noir
- Bastard Red-the Offspring (sounds like a punk band, but tastes like heaven)
When it comes to having an atmosphere that feels at home, there is no place better than drinking wine in a friends garage at Jan-Marc Wine Cellars. So, head on over to the garage where friendships start.
#7 Seven Bridges Winery
When I get mad I see red, which is why I love Seven Bridges Winery. Their wine is for lovers of bold red varieties especially those that need a little wine at the end of a frustrating day. In fact, they only offer red wines at this favorite Portland wine bars. Some of my favorite blends are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Prima Nata (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, merlot, malbec, and petit verdot)
Seven Bridges sources their wine grapes from a variety of different vineyards from Washington and north-central Oregon making sure you get only the finest red wines. You can visit the tasting room Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
Most wineries are along wine trails in smaller towns and remote locations, but as we grow as a society, these urban wineries are becoming more popular.
What do you think about urban wineries? Would you rather travel the wine trail, or do you like the convenience of great wine at your fingertips? Share your thoughts, concerns, and insight in the comments below!