Willamette Valley wine country will continue to seep into city limits next year when a new vineyard, winery, and restaurant opens in Portland’s west hills. Amaterra, perched on Miller Road near West Haven-Sylvan, will specialize in pinot noir and chardonnay, with city views, 12 acres of vineyard land, and a gravity-flow winemaking facility.
Amaterra comes from Willamette Valley winemaker Matt Vuylsteke, behind micro-winery 51Weeks, and Werner Nistler, the founder of retirement community chain Touchmark. Nistler and Vuylsteke initially collaborated when Nistler opened his estate, Swede Hill; those vines will become the foundation for Amaterra’s vineyard, near the Touchmark location off SW Barnes Road. The winery will focus on pinot noir and chardonnay, with an adjoining restaurant that will also serve as the tasting room for the winery. Once it’s open, Amaterra will host concerts and weddings on its outdoor lawn, as well.
Details are scarce at this point — the team has yet to announce the restaurant’s chef — but the construction of the winery, restaurant, and its indoor and outdoor event spaces have already begun. Amaterra is expected to open in the spring of 2021, near the intersection of Miller and Barnes Road — the address has yet to be finalized with the county.
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