Eight Vintage Vertical

Saturday, July 13, 2019

For the first time ever you are invited to join owner and winemaker, Russell Gladhart, in our time machine as we take you back thru the history of Winter’s Hill Estate wines. We are hosting a seated vertical tasting of eight estate Pinot Noirs. This tasting experience will be an in-depth overview of our estate vineyard, wines, and growing seasons going back to our earliest vintages. Some of the wines will be for sale, and some will only be for tasting that day. Plan on about 1.5 hours. There are two seating’s of 20 people each.

Seating times: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Tasting lineup

  • 2002 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
  • 2003 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
  • 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve 
  • 2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
  • 2008 Pinot Noir Cuvée du Vigneron 
  • 2009 Pinot Noir Block 3
  • 2012 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
  • 2013 Pinot Noir Block 9

Tasting Experience: $55
Cellar Door Club Members: $35

Vineyard Update


June 7th, 2019  -Rapid Growth Phase!

Six weeks after declaring 95 % bud break ( open leaves arrayed perpendicular to the trained cane) we are in the midst of the second canopy tuck of shoots into the 18 inch training wire with many now three feet long reaching up to the third, top wire. The downward pointing portion of our double canopy has been separated and is flopping freely into position (all shoots try to grow upward, but we flip half of them down, increasing the size of our solar collector).  The flower clusters are clearly visible, now 1.5 to 3  inches long for the Pinot Noir, 2 to 4 inches long for the Pinot Blanc. Typical for our vineyard, they average about 1.5 clusters per shoot with the potential of a generous harvest with a normal rate of fruit set, we shall know the results in two to three weeks when the flowers are pollinated.

Our Chardonnay grafting project seems a clear success.  Virtually all of the buds on the new whip -grafted canes now sport small leaves, and for many, there are new shoots 2 to 5 inches long with two or three sets of leaves and small clusters of fruit. We expect a small but uncertain crop from these vines this year, if only because they are budding out six weeks after the rest of the vineyard   – it may well be raining hard in late October before the fruit gets ripe. Next season we expect a normal sized crop load since the mother plants are over 20 years old with a fully developed root system.

Peter Gladhart
Owner & Vineyard Manager

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