Amaterra Winery To Open In The Tree-Filled Slopes of Portland’s West Hills

by | Nov 3, 2020

Coming in spring 2021, new venue to feature 12-acre vineyard, chef-driven restaurant, outdoor event lawn and expansive valley views.

Portland, Ore. (Oct. 5, 2020) – Amaterra winery is set to open in the tree-filled slopes of Portland’s West Hills this coming spring. The new venue, which boasts expansive valley views, will feature a 12-acre vineyard, a chef-driven restaurant and indoor/outdoor event spaces, including an outdoor event lawn, where guests can attend concerts, performances, weddings, family gatherings, community celebrations and business meetings. Amaterra will produce 10,000 cases of wine annually and serve as a destination for Portland residents and visitors alike.

“Meaning ‘for the love of the Earth,’ Amaterra is not only a reflection of our love for Oregon wine, but also an appreciation for all of the region’s beauty and bounty,” said Werner Nistler, co-founder of Amaterra. “As we are able to gather together, this property – with its great expanse and stunning views – will be the perfect destination for those looking to take in the fruits of the Willamette Valley… fewer than three miles from downtown Portland.”

Nestled into the picturesque hillside on Miller Road – and minutes from downtown – Amaterra will be home to a gravity-flow winery led by longtime Willamette Valley winemaker Matt Vuylsteke. Its production will be predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

“I’m so proud to finally be able to talk about this project, which we’ve been working on since 2012,” said Vuylsteke. “Having the opportunity to produce wines from world class vineyards with state-of-the-art equipment and our incredibly talented and supportive team has truly been a dream of mine since I started in winemaking 23 years ago.”

Amaterra’s restaurant will serve as both a tasting room and dining space. Vuylsteke and his team will highlight Amaterra’s small case production through seasonal wine-driven events, which will include vineyard tours, unique tasting events, pairing tours highlighting the winery’s varietals and guided culinary experiences. Wines from Amaterra will be available for sale predominantly in the winery tasting room, as well as direct to consumers through the website, with select wines only available to club members. 

Groundbreaking for Amaterra took place in May 2019, and the design and construction team for the winery includes:

  • General Contractor: Emerick Construction Company
  • Owner’s Representative: O’Brien & Company
  • Architect: Waterleaf Architecture (lead) 
  • Landscape Architect: Mayer Reed
  • Interiors and Furniture: GBD Architects

As the winery nears its opening in Spring 2021, it will announce its chef and additional key personnel. The winery is located in the Northwest Hills of Portland, near the intersection of Miller and Barnes Road. 

About Amaterra
Meaning “for the love of the Earth,” Amaterra is a state-of-the-art winery and restaurant opening in Spring 2021 amidst the tree-filled slopes of Portland’s West Hills. Just minutes from downtown Portland, the new facility is set to serve as a destination for both residents and visitors alike, and will feature a 12-acre vineyard, chef-driven restaurant, outdoor event lawn and expansive valley views. The gravity-flow winery will produce 10,000 cases of wine annually, which will be predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For more information, please visit: 

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