Portland’s urban wineries

by  |  21-09-2011

The concept of an “urban winery” is quite simple: bring in grapes from outside vineyards, press, ferment, age, and bottle them in an large urban space. While it lacks that rustic/schmancy charm of a winery actually in the vineyards, there’s no reason that they can’t make good wine, primarily for the fact that almost all wineries buy grapes from other vineyards despite the impression you might get from those rows of grapes in front of their tasting room. Portland, Oregon has its own urban winery scene with currently eight different wineries. That’s not bad given that in San Francisco (a city about three times as big as Portland and a nexus for the major wine regions of California) there are only two, one of which being on Treasure Island. It appears that urban wine space isn’t as reasonable in SF as it is in Portland. We went to the original […]
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