Suburban Wines

March 2016

Think of Oregon wine country, and you’re surely thinking of beautiful rolling hills, gorgeous vines, and superb vistas. Or perhaps, you’re a hipster wine drinker, with an eye on the burgeoning urban wine scene featuring collaborative winemaking spaces popping up in old warehouses and auto body shops in the central city.

In Oregon, we draw a hard line between farm and forest land and the urbanized residential zone. Quite literally, an Urban Growth Boundary that surrounds every town sets the rules for development. It’s the UGB that quite literally makes Oregon’s wine country possible, rather than planting subdevelopments on all that fertile land.

But in and around that boundary, in the suburban spaces between the urban core and rural fringe, there’s plenty of great wine to be had. This month, we’re celebrating those suburban wineries, where folks have decided that they didn’t need to move to the countryside (nor inhabit a warehouse) to make wine.

From West Linn, we’ve got the Oregon Syrah from Ribera Vineyards and the Willamette Valley Pinot Gris from Pete’s Mountain Vineyard. From Lake Oswego, the Willamette Valley Chardonnay from Monte Ferro Wines. And from Beaverton, the Three Otters Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Fullerton Wines.