Inside an Urban Winery

Boedecker Cellars

Urban wineries are hardly new — European farmers have been carting grapes from their vineyards to winemakers in town for centuries. In keeping with that tradition, husband and wife team Athena Pappas and Stewart Boedecker decided several years ago to move their operation out of the country and into the heart of Northwest Portland’s industrial district.

Since founding Boedecker Cellars in 2003 in the Willamette Valley, the two have been dedicated to traditionally styled, small-lot wines created exclusively from carefully selected, sustainably farmed local vineyards. Together, they craft pinot noirs that embody the diverse terroir of the landscape they both love — as well as their own individual palates, which are reflected in each year’s distinctly different Stewart blend and Athena blend. The duo also produces outstanding singlevineyard cuvées, along with pinot blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay, and rosé.

The products of their passion and expertise earn consistent accolades from national wine journals including Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and Wine and Spirits magazine, which named their 2013 chardonnay “Year’s Best.” 

The winery is conveniently located at 2621 N.W. Industrial Avenue, a short bus or cab ride from the popular Northwest 23rd shopping area. It is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for tasting and tours (or call 503.224.5778 to set up a private tour). If you’re unable to visit, Boedecker wines can be enjoyed in restaurants and wine shops across the U.S., Japan, Canada and Europe.

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