The 10 Best Urban Wineries in the Country
Hassle-free wine tasting right this way.
Planning your next winery visit no longer requires renting a car, driving to wine country, and finding a place to stay after a long day of tasting. Urban wineries are popping up in city centers all over America, bringing accessible vinification, tasting, and winery drop-ins to urban-dwellers nationwide.
So, which ones to visit? mkgalleryamp; Wine has compiled a list of the 10 best urban wineries in the country, spanning 12 cities in 10 states. Next time the hankering for a hassle-free wine tasting kicks in, look no further than your own backyard—or your city block.
Division Winemaking Co.
Founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, Division Winemaking Co. sources fruit from both Oregon and Washington states, crafting wines from a handful of varieties, all produced with a hands-off, minimal manipulation mentality in the cellar. Reflecting their passion for sustainable viticulture, many of the vineyards Norris and Monroe choose to work with are certified organic and/or biodynamic. Inside every finished bottle, you'll also find wine inspired by the regions of France, where the duo first studied winemaking. They produce said wine at Portland’s SE Wine Collective, which the duo also founded, back in 2012, and they're also members of the PDX Urban Wineries Association. Upon visiting Division, be sure to say hello (and give a treat to) Butch Cassidy, the winery’s adorable ‘general manager and resident good boy.’ Visit the SE Wine Collective six days per week (closed Tuesday); see website for specific hours.
2425 SE 35th Pl, Portland, OR 97214; 503-208-2061
Set in the heart of bustling Williamsburg, Brooklyn Winery is surrounded by lively bars, vintage clothing stores, and a splattering of newly opened restaurants. Founder Brian Leventhal and John Stires created the hybrid wine cellar / wine bar, which serves up seasonal bites alongside the winery’s many small batch cuvées, after their winemaking side hobby turned into a full-fledged obsession. They source hand-harvested fruit from across the country, which is shipped via refrigerated truck straight to BK, where winemaker Conor McCormack works his magic on 15+ different bottlings, ranging from vintage Blanc de Blancs bubbles to skin fermented Riesling, to Zinfandel-based fortified dessert wines. The Winery also boasts a private event space, perfect for weddings, corporate events, or other celebrations. Check the winery’s website for a detailed list of upcoming opening hours (schedule changes based on private event closures.)
213 N 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 U.S.A; 347-763-1506