Cranberry-and-black-tea-infused ciders and urban wines have arrived in Central Eastside. Anne Hubatch, the owner and winemaker of Helioterra Wines and co-owner of Alter Ego Cider, has opened her brand-new tasting room on SE 7th, complete with a set of wine-like ciders and an assortment of their own Portland-made wines.
Helioterra is a Willamette Valley winery with a diverse portfolio of well-reviewed bottles; besides the obligatory pinot noir, the winery offers aromatic whites like melon de bourgogne and Rhône reds like mourvédre. Alter Ego, Hubatch’s other project, is a relatively recent addition to the Portland cider scene with a number of off-dry offerings made in the style of wine. Alter Ego sells a handful of pure-apple ciders, as well as ones infused with strawberries and lime. All of the tasting room’s wines and ciders are available in flights, including mixed cider and wine flights.
Last summer, the Urban Crush Winery posted on Instagram saying they would leave the space by September 1 to focus solely on their Angel Vine Winery. Hubatch was quick to move in, announcing her plans to open in Southeast within a newsletter update. The tasting room is now open, with 30 outdoor seats and an intimate tasting room inside.
Update: June 5, 2019, 2:57 p.m.
This story has been updated to include information about the tasting room’s opening.