Wine Tasting Close to Home
Many of Oregon’s most acclaimed wineries are closer than you think. If you live in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley and haven’t explored the wine country in your own backyard, now is the time. Tualatin Valley is home to the closest wine country to Portland and the wineries don’t disappoint. Just a short drive away from home is all it takes to find yourself immersed in wine country.
If you live in Portland or Beaverton
Hamacher Wines produces artisan Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay, which you can enjoy at the tasting room located at the historic Ponzi Estate near Scholls. Sample a flight of wine, play bocce ball and enjoy the view while you relax.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards produces organic and biodynamic wines Earth loving Oregonians can feel good about. Their philosophy is to make wines with minimal intervention and respect for the soil and climate. Not only do they offer tastings, you can pair the wine with a picnic in the form of snack plates like the Beast Snack Pack or Veggie Farm Funchable.
Helvetia Winery Located in an historic area in the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains, Helvetia Winery is a treat for history buffs and anyone interested in learning about the winemaking process. Take a tour to learn about the soils and terroir to go along with your tasting.
Coming soon: Amaterra will soon the best closest winery to Portland. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and will have a full bar and restaurant in addition to its tasting room.
If you live in Lake Oswego/West Linn
Blakeslee Vineyard produces wines that beautifully represent the terroir of the region with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose and White Pinot Noir. They use sustainable and organic practices and have a spacious patio with a cozy fire pit.
Barking Frog just opened this new tasting room in Old Town Sherwood but has been producing wines in Willamette Valley since 2005. They specialize in small lots of handcrafted Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you live in Hillsboro
Blizzard Wines is just south of downtown Hillsboro and offers stunning panoramic views of the hills and vineyard. They produce big red wines like Syrah and Carmenere and delicate Pinot Noir. You can see the whole winemaking process from the tasting hall and make your experience even better with a cheese and meat/hummus plate.
Ruby Vineyard produces premium Pinot Noir from old vines, Chardonnay and rosé of Pinot Gris. Visit for the vines and stay for the picturesque view of Mt. Hood.
If you’re riding the MAX light rail
The MAX light rail is a popular method of transportation to, from and around Portland, but it also gets you walking distance to some of our favorite places for a glass of wine.
Syndicate Wine Bar seems to be ever-expanding. The small wine bar made great use of outdoor space in 2020, setting up adorable cabanas for small groups to sip wine. The bar has a growing library of wines as well as its own label. It’s a less than 10 minute (.4 mile) walk from the Beaverton Central MAX station.
D’Anu Wines makes wine from grapes grown all over the Pacific Northwest, crafted with an Alaskan spirit. The cozy wine bar is in the heart of downtown Hillsboro, making it the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine in a friendly setting. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the Tuality Hospital/SE 8th Avenue MAX station in Hillsboro.
While the Pinot Noir put the valley—and the state—on the wine map, the sheer diversity of wine varietals keeps wine lovers coming.
After years of planning, two new distinct AVAs have been established for vineyards located throughout the Tualatin Valley.
Order a complimentary copy of our wine guide or explore the digital version to get started exploring Tualatin Valley's wine country.