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.
Adega NW Wines
What makes your winery unique?
A lot of people do this so it’s not unique for urban winemakers, but we source from all over rather than being a traditional winery where you have your vineyard in front of you and you source from there and it’s beautiful and magical. We are able to source a lot of unique varieties from all over the place.
But I guess more unique, the idea behind Adega Northwest is to pay homage to my European, Portuguese roots and also to be true to myself and the way I enjoy that style of wine. There’s a time and a place for everything and I love pretty much any wine in the right setting as long as it’s well made, but with Adega the idea is to create a European style wine while nurturing the fruit and showing the fruit what the Northwest has to offer. It’ll never be perfectly European, but it’s more trying to emulate that style. There’s always a focus in the back of my mind to show restraint to preserve the nature of the fruit and the elegance as opposed to being foolish with it.
What kinds of wine do you make?
Mostly Washington wine. This year I am sourcing Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. I’m not anti-anything but it’s more if a good opportunity comes around. I’ve worked for a lot of different wineries and most people know me as a cabernet producer. If someone was like, what does he make, it’s a lot of Cab and Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec — those are probably my primary core wines coming from Washington.
But I worked with Rob Stuart on my first vintage, who was primarily a Pinot Noir producer, then with Andrew Rich in Carlton, also a Pinot Noir producer, and I also worked for two years with a California Pinot Noir producer. So half of my experience is with Pinot Noir.
When you come here you’re going to see a wide variety of different wines. There’s a lot of different wines that I produce, all small production stuff. These are all tiny, hand crafted wines. The Alvarinho is a large production wine for me and that’s 300 cases. The Chardonnay is only 125, so that 125-150 case mark is the reason why I can make so many different wines. Five single vintage cabs, one blend that’s more entry level, two Malbecs and a Malbec blend, three different Syrahs, ad GSM blend, chardonnay, a white blend, the Alverinho, and then a bunch of different Portugese varieties people haven’t heard of and a large port selection.
So you name it, I make it. But no Pinot Noir right now.
What is your signature wine?
Probably Cabernet Sauvignon, would be my signature wine. It’s tough, when people ask what a signature wine there’s a couple different directions you could go. Like is it my basic cabernet that everyone should know like the entry level of what to expect from me or is that my best wine? I almost think it’s maybe where the benchmark of your wines is.
Do you have a favorite non-profit or cause your winery supports?
We work with a lot actually, typically donating wine to galas and fundraisers and things like that. That’s primarily what we do with a lot of different ones. We started it when I was with Script Cellars, one of my partner was on the board of OMSI, Oregon Valley Theatre, and the Feral Cat Coalition as well, but the one Adega has been associated with is OMSI for sure. We’re big in child education and programs, we all think investing in the future is the way to go. We’ve done a couple of events with the Oregon Children’s Coalition, but OMSI would probably be the main one – we work directly with OMSI.
The Tasting Room at Adega NW Wines is now OPEN!
The Entrance to the Winery is Through the Parking lot on Schiller St. Between 17th and 18th.
Fridays: 3PM – 9PM
Saturdays: 12PM – 9PM
Sundays: 12PM – 7PM
4855 SE 18th Ave. Portland, OR, 97202
To hear more about Adega NW Wines 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
Helioterra Wines Harvest Happy Hour is almost here!
We are super excited to offer you a unique experience into the winemakers journey through harvest; safely from our wine lounge!!
Happening every Friday 4-6pm from September 17th – October 22nd.
$30 for non-club members. $20 for club members.
We will offer past vintages of the wines we are processing that week and let you taste what is happening in the fermenters
Vaccination Proof is required as we need to keep our team safe during harvest!
While many of our member wineries aren’t holding “special events” in September they are all open for wine tasting! Many still prefer you make a reservation so check out our website and make plans to hit the Urban Wine Trail!