In an effort to keep you up to date on wineries in Portland we will be featuring one winery a month in an email and on social media. The plan is to give you a couple of highlights in this email and then follow us on Facebook or Instagram to hear more about each winery.We hope you enjoy this snapshot into each of these unique small Urban Wineries.
A big THANK YOU! has to go out to Aliya Hall for taking the time to interview our winery members.
Jackalope Wine Cellars
When did your winery form and how did you get into the wine industry?
I started the company in 2012 and it was a twisty road to get here. I was a civil engineer for 10 years. In 2008 the economy tanked and I was laid off and I was given a chance to find something else to do with myself. I wanted to get out of engineering and tried a bunch different things, ending up getting a job at a small family winery down near Salem doing events in the tasting room and whatever else they needed done. Then I got a harvest job and fell in love with the work, the industry and the people. I spent a couple of years working literally just about every day of the year to have a lot of opportunities pop up and worked for a bunch of different folks in a bunch of different roles. Then in 2012 my friends opened the Southeast Wine Collective and brought me in to manage the bar. I was already getting into the idea of trying to make a little bit of wine myself, and working in that space with a bunch of other wine makers in it I figured I’d make a little bit of my own wine. Made 90 whole cases that first vintage, and it was kind of an interesting place to do it because again there were all these wine makers around if I had questions. It started pretty small and then has grown slowly since.
Why did you decide to be an urban winery instead of in the valley?
I started at the Southeast Wine Collective and then I went out to the Valley for four years. Then in 2019 my friend Matt opened his space up in Portland and invited me to move my winery production there. I was tired of driving to the valley. I live in Southeast Portland. The valley is beautiful and I love being out in the Valley, but the commute was destroying my life. So to move into a space that is a mile and a half from my house was not an opportunity I could pass up. Convenience for sure, but it’s also really nice to be in the heart of the city where you have access to customers, to people that own and run the restaurants and wine accounts that buy the wine. It’s nice having a space built in that we can bring people into and show off what we’re doing, and it’s become a fun little community. There are a lot of great people in the city and it’s a fun place to make wine.
Do you have a favorite non-profit or cause your winery supports?
I’ve been donating a portion of my Viognier sales to Xerces Society, they’re a nonprofit in Portland working to preserve invertebrates and their habitats. It’s little critters that a lot of us don’t think about often enough but are hugely important to everything. I’ve been donating a portion of sales to them for about eight years now.
Jackalope Wine Cellars is open for wine tasting
Thursdays: 4pm – 8pm
Fridays: 4pm – 8pm
Saturdays: 1pm – 7pm
Sundays: 1pm – 7pm
3201 SE 50th Avenue, Portland OR 97206
Reservations are not required for groups under 6 but they are requested.
To hear more about Jackalope Wine Cellars be sure to check out our Social Media pages and you can find a link to them on our website.
News or Events from other PDX Urban Wineries
Wine and Holiday Appetizer Pairing at Hip Chicks do Wine
November 6th & 7th
12pm-6pm Saturday and 12pm – 5pm Sunday. Reservations are Required.
We’re pairing 4 of our wines perfect for your Holiday Dinners paired with 4 delectable appetizers for a $30 tasting fee. We’ll have recipes available for the appetizers and discounts on wine purchases. The full flight will include 5 wines plus our Holiday Sangria.
We also encourage you to bring a donation of non-perishable food, socks and personal hygiene items for Esther’s Pantry and get a $5 credit on wine purchase.
Pre-Thanksgiving Open House @ The Laurelhurst Club in SE Portland.
Join Ash Street Wine Co., along with Jackalope Wine Cellars and Buona Notte Wines.
Taste through current releases from 1-5pm. Proof of Vaccination or recent Covid negative test required.
$20 Tasting Fee. Tickets available in advance or at the door.
3721 SE Ankeny Street Portland, Oregon 97214
Taste current releases from three wineries @ the Laurelhurst Club in SE Portland – Ash Street Wine Co., Jackalope Wine Cellars, and Buona Notte Wines. $20 Tasting fee. Tickets available in advance or at the door. Proof of Vaccination or recent negative test required for entry.
Thanksgiving Open House
Friday 19th November 2 to 7pm
Saturday 20th November 12 to 7pm
Sunday 21st November 12 to 7pm
Extended hours for the pre Thanksgiving Weekend. We’ll be showing our full line-up of wines, including small lot, single vineyard Willamette Valley pinot noirs, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Walla Walla reds. Case discounts, library offerings and gift packaging available.
$15 tasting fee
Holiday Wine Pairing Class
Saturday 20th November 10am to 12pm and Saturday 11th December
What could you drink that will go with Prime Rib and turkey? What should I serve at a holiday party? This fun, interactive class explores the basics of food and wine pairing and gives you the tools to easily master the art of what to drink with what. $40 per person.