Portland is the gateway to the Willamette Valley winegrowing region and the rest of Oregon wine country. In the 160 years since its founding, Portland has been many cities—a frontier settlement, a booming timber town and, more recently, the epicenter of the nation's microbrew revival. These days Portland is a wine and food town, and a serious one.
While Pinot Noir lovers have been trekking to Oregon’s rural northern Willamette Valley for years, upscale travelers have typically made the visit a day trip from Portland, where the hotels and restaurants provide more luxury. Fortunately, times are changing. There are now enough restaurants to keep wine lovers busy for days, and with the arrival of a high-end boutique inn, the region has come into its own as a fine-wine destination.