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SE WINE COLLECTIVE BRINGS FULL WINE COUNTRY EXPERIENCE WITHIN PORTLAND CITY LIMITS
New leading edge urban winery, offering wine production services, a premier tasting bar and event space rental in the heart of the vibrant SE Division-Clinton neighborhood, features four of Portland’s top up and coming brands
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2012) – Those looking for the full Oregon wine experience can now travel just four miles from downtown Portland to the new Southeast Wine Collective to not only see artisanal wineries at work producing wines, but simultaneously enjoy the multiple brands at the Collective’s tasting bar. The Collective will open in August at the corner of SE 35th Pl. and SE Division St., an eclectic area that has become a hub for some of Portland’s top restaurants and nightlife. Founded and conceived by Kate and Tom Monroe and designed by architect Joe Karmen, the new facility and its location are unique, offering ultra-urban wine production for winemaking clients and tenants, wine to enjoy in the tasting bar or to take home, as well as beer and tasty bites, and a large event facility rental for a range of special event types. To start, Vincent Wine Company, Bow & Arrow Wines, Helioterra Wines and Division Winemaking Company will take up residence at the SE Wine Collective to produce their wines. Tastes, glass pours, and whole bottles of their finished products will be available once the Southeast Wine Collective’s tasting bar opens in September.
“We built the Southeast Wine Collective as a place for like-minded winemakers to come together, collaborate and build their business, much like an incubator, through commercial wine production, wine sales and events within Portland’s city limits,” says SE Wine Collective’s co-founder Thomas Monroe. “This year the Collective will produce about 5,000 cases worth of crushed and fermented grapes. We hope to increase that as well as foster up and coming brands within the next few years.”
Division Winemaking Company: “Pair with good times, good food and good people” is the philosophy of the Division Winemaking Company, founded in 2010 by Kate and Thomas Monroe. Inspired by the wineries of Loire, Beaujolais and Burgundy regions of France, they create sustainably farmed Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Rosé.
Vincent Wines: Vincent Fritzsche founded the winery in 2009 with the goal of low input winemaking, buying great Pinot Noir fruit from local vineyards and letting them become wine with minimal fuss.
Helioterra Wines: Helioterra is a small, artisan producer of Oregon wines that are pretty, elegant and graceful in style. Winemaker Anne Ebenretier Hubatch partners with regional vineyard growers to craft wines that demonstrate the best that the Northwest offers.
Bow & Arrow: Scott and Dana Frank’s mission is to naturally produce Loire Valley varieties in the Willamette Valley with a focus on Cabernet Franc, Gamay & Pinot Noir.
As the Collective grows, so will its community focus. Once open, the tasting bar will host large and small events, wine release parties and pop-up dinners and convert to a wine bar at night, offering happy hour specials and a light food menu. Additionally, the Collective will serve as an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas.
About SE Wine Collective
The Southeast Wine Collective was founded in 2012 by Kate and Thomas Monroe of the up and coming Division Winemaking Company in response to their personal interest in creating a unique multi-faceted urban winery, coupled with increasing public interest in the urban wine movement. Their goal is to bring together like-minded wineries who are sustainably growing their businesses by establishing a venue for commercial custom crush wine production, on and off premise wine sales and events in an area of SE Portland that already hosts a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. Currently the collective is made up of four wineries: Vincent Wine Company, Bow & Arrow Wines, Helioterra Wines and Division Winemaking Company. As the Collective grows, so will its community focus: they will open a tasting room/wine bar and host large and small events, wine release parties and pop-up dinners. Additionally, they will work to be an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas. Find more information at www.sewinecollective.com or by calling 503-887-8755.