Are there any wineries that are worth visiting during my trip to Portland, OR, later this fall? I'll be staying in Old Town and I would prefer not to rent a car, but I can if there's something worth a drive. Thanks!
I guess it really depends on how much you don't want to rent a car because there is some serious wine outside of Portland. If you drive just 40 minutes just past Sherwood, you'll start seeing signs for wineries. There are literally hundreds of them sprinkled throughout the farmland on this stretch from Newberg to McMinnville (Oregon) with a lot of nice ones in Dundee. As you can see from the map, they are all fairly close together, so it's easy to see a lot, but you definitely need a car or a tour.
I like the Ponzi Wine Bar because they give you nice food with your wine. Argyle Winery has really nice champagnes. Erath Winery is really good as well, but there are more - too many more to list. Check out http://willamettewines.com/wineries/ - it's a complete list and map.
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There are lots of good wineries outside of town, but there are also a number of wineries within the city limits as well. I recommend Seven Bridges Winery—I think it was their Resolution wine from Walla Walla that completely blew me away. I believe the Yellow MAX line gets you pretty close so you don't need a car to get there. Seven Bridges Winery