Portlandia partners with passionate growers with vineyards throughout Oregon and Washington including the Willamette and Columbia Valleys.
Just of south of Portland, the Willamette has a temperate climate, with damp, cool winters and warm, dry summers, influenced by ocean breezes that find their way through the gaps in the hills. These are ideal conditions for cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
The soils in the region are a rich and diverse result of ancient tectonic shifts and volcanic eruptions. On the hillsides, where most of the vineyards are planted, the soils are predominantly a mixture of marine sedimentary, windblown loess and volcanic basalt. The most common volcanic soil type is red Jory, which provides excellent drainage for superior quality grapes.
Portlandia sources from vineyards throughout the Willamette, including three of sub-appellations: Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills and McMinnville. The McMinnville AVA is home to our single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Momtazi Vineyard.
Towards central Washington, on the east side of the Cascades is the Columbia Valley. It’s a vast wine-growing region that dips down into Northern Oregon. Things dry out on this side of the mountains, providing a premier climate for red varietals.
The region is between the 46th and 47th parallel which puts it in line with Bordeaux and Burgundy. And it benefits from volcanic and sandy loam soils that offer an ideal home for vines.
We source our Cabernet from Wahluke Slope, right in the middle of the Columbia Valley AVA, just east of the town of Yakima. For our Red Blend, we blend amazing Syrah from the famed Horse Heaven Hills region (that butts up to the Columbia River at the Oregon/Washington border, on the Washington side) with Cabernet Sauvignon from Wahluke Slope.