Portland Real Estate: Portland Ranked Among Best Places for Wine Lovers to Retire

Portland wine countryRecently, US News ranks dozens of American cities on their suitability for retirees, and Portland ranked high on the list of best places to retire for wine lovers. Portland, Oregon is located in the Willamette River Valley, one of the fastest–growing wine-regions in the world. The best thing about Portland is that, unlike some other wine-friendly rural areas, it’s a big city with access to both local wines and international wines. Where else can you travel from some of the country’s best wine bars downtown to the place where some of the best grapes are growing in less than twenty minutes? Portlanders and visitors alike frequently embark on tours of the local wine country, as many local vineyards host wine tastings and tours in their own headquarters. Just driving through the countryside on the outskirts of Portland and Portland’s suburbs is a great way to explore the beauty of the area. For beer drinkers, Portland also has a thriving microbrewery industry.

Portlanders don’t only have access to the best wine in America, they also celebrate that access every year! For the past 23 years the International Pinot Noir Celebration has been uniting Pinot devotees from all corners of the globe. The 2010 IPNC hosted over 60 international Pinot noir producers, 50 top Northwest chefs, and guests from near and far for a memorable weekend of extraordinary tastings, educational seminars, unforgettable meals, and celebrating together in Oregon wine country. For More Info about next year’s festival, visit www.ipnc.org.

If you’re interested in Wine Tours and drives in the Portland area Willamette Valley, Travel Portland has an extensive list of all of the best resources for wine tourism and recreation for visitors and locals alike here: Oregon Wine Tours. The Willamette Valley has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 200 wineries. The Willamette Valley is home to small, family-owned wineries passionately dedicated to artisanal winemaking. Located ridiculously close to Portland, the Willamette Valley is the perfect destination to taste from the barrel with winemakers, sample new releases or tour vineyards.

There’s something for everyone in the City of Roses, and so many amazing homes for sale in Portland to please every budget and style. Portland is the perfect place to downsize after retirement, with its incredibly low cost of living, no sales tax, and abundant recreational activities. Some of the best suburbs for access to Oregon’s wine country are Wilsonville (our Wilsonville Real Estate neighborhood guide is here) Beaverton, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, North Plains, West Linn, and Sherwood. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Portland or Portland Suburbs, check out our extensive list of Portland Real Estate Neighborhood guides filled with the best restaurants in the Portland area, the top shopping, and neighborhood resources broken down by region. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

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