GC Wines Opens New Tasting Room in Northeast Portland

Portland, Oregon (October 19, 2022) — Oregon winery Grochau Cellars celebrates 20 years with a new tasting room in Portland and a new name: GC Wines. GC WinesThe new tasting room is located in Canyons Alley at the corner of N. Williams Avenue and NE Ivy Street. The tasting room is the second outpost of GC Wines; The winery’s original tasting room is located in the Eola-Amity Hills near Amity at 9360 SE Eola Hills Road.

The new GC Wines Tasting Room is an airy and bright space in Canyons Alley, an open-air hallway of storefronts located in The Canyons Apartments at 3450 N. Williams Ave. The space can accommodate 17 people indoors in addition to a standing bar and an outdoor terrace. sitting in the yard. The modern, open space is warmed by the handmade wooden bar and shelves and lush hanging plants.

The menu features a flight of four GC wines for $20, with the flight selection changing monthly. For October, the flight includes the 2021 Melon de Bourgogne, the 2021 Auxerrois Etheric Wine Workshop Skin Contact, the 2019 Redford-Wetle Vineyard Gamay Noir and the 2019 Upper Five Vineyard Syrah. The wines from the flight are also available by the glass or by the bottle.

The menu also features an additional bottle list, to enjoy in the tasting room or take home, as well as a rotating draft beer (Crux Pilsner for October), and a variety of snacks are available. Snacks include mixed Spanish nuts, nori rice crackers and olives. Eating out is allowed and encouraged, so guests can bring a take-out dinner to enjoy with a flight or glass of wine.

GC Wines was founded by John Grochau as Grochau Cellars in 2002, and has evolved while adhering to the principles he started with: wine made with minimal intervention from responsibly grown vineyards. Grochau believes that everyone involved in winemaking is the collaborator who creates the final product. After reflecting on more than two decades in the business, he shortened his winery’s name to GC Wines to reflect the brand’s evolution from one person’s dream to a dream come true and a much larger family.

GC Wines is nationally known for its Commuter Cuvée, an approachable Pinot Noir blend. Their wines also include the Convivial blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir, single-vineyard Pinot Noir, and a number of varietal whites, ranging from lemony Melon de Bourgogne to crisp Pinot Blanc.


Address: 3450 N. Williams Ave, Suite 7, Portland, Oregon 97227


  • Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Capacity: 21 indoors (17 seated, 4 standing at the bar)

Offers: Wine flights, wine by the glass, wine by the bottle, snacks (mixed Spanish nuts, nori rice crackers and olives)

Website: gcwines.com

Social: @gc_wines on Instagram and GC Wines Oregon on Facebook


The philosophy of GC Wines is to create user-friendly wines that are reminiscent of where they were grown and to strengthen long-standing partnerships with winemakers. For over twenty years, GC Wines has sourced fruit from growers in Oregon and Washington who are committed to sustainable, organic, and sensible agriculture. If the geology, climate and exposure of each site contribute to the unique expression of each wine, the same goes for the people who make it. For winemaker John Gorchau and his team, terroir includes people – GC wines are the result of a collaborative effort of many, not just one. GC Wines is exploratory and constantly evolving, continually introducing new varieties and expanded studies such as Convivial and Joyride, while honoring all contributors, both people and places.

Elisha A. Tilghman