Portland's urban wineries—there are currently 18 of them—are convenient for groups that would like to stay within city limits to go wine tasting and hold events in a more pub-like atmosphere than typical wineries.
"Our urban wineries are a little bit fine wine experience and a little bit of our brewing tradition wrapped into one without any of the pretense," Hibdon says. "These are innovative and experimental wine makers who are taking risks and breaking the wine-making mold."
Options include Enso, Fausse Piste and Southeast Wine Collective, a winery incubator that allows new urban wineries to get a foothold in the marketplace before opening their own venues.
Hibdon notes that groups might book the Portland Short Bus, a tour operator that offers a great urban winery outing filled with local color and character.
Serious wine lovers in the group may like to venture out a bit farther for more wine-tasting after their exploration of Portland's urban wineries.
Within a short drive of downtown are several wineries with new tasting rooms that are architecturally inspired and group-friendly.
Sokol Blosser, a prominent and longstanding Oregon winery, hired internationally recognized architect Brad Cloepfil to design a tasting room with angular forms and rough wood lines to sit atop the 100-acre hilltop estate in Dundee Hills, adjacent to the winery.
In spring 2013, Ponzi Vineyards opened a new tasting room with large windows that showcase panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and Cascade Mountains. Here, groups can take a tour and relax outside where there is a terrace and two bocce ball courts.
And Stoller Family Estate, the first LEED Gold-certified winery in the U.S., recently unveiled a new tasting room that incorporated wood from trees destroyed in a wildfire, as well as a solar panel system. The venue boasts views of the winery's rolling hills.