Harvest Thoughts

We’ve been preparing for the grape harvest for weeks – new equipment procured , old readied, barrels emptied of the last vintage, etc. We forget sometimes how much more there is to the harvest season than grapes. My family is German and fall means “zwetchen Kuchen” or plum cake. My mother didn’t bake much but come fall the old German cookbook came out and cake was baked. When I was a child she’d invite her German friends over and there was much visiting about the old country and the new.

I picked the plums this morning and made the cake before coming up to the winery. Hope everyone will enjoy it!

The fall flowers are special too. It has been a dry year in Oregon and the grass has turned brown however suddenly fall flowers come bursting from the hard Jory soil! The butterflies, bumble bees, honey bees all need the nectar that comes with these flowers to make their own food for the winter.  In doing so they will be ready to pollinate the plums again in the spring for the next harvest.

These are fall crocus but look too for the goldenrod, asters, California poppies. Watch the bumble bees – and if you are lucky you will see where the queen ducks into her nest in the ground. Maybe you will see a monarch butterfly migrating.

The vintage is looking good as it comes in from the vineyard. The next few weeks will be busy ones here in the winery with special foods and wines and also special friends. Come be a part of the harvest.  We would love to see you at the harvest party Sept. 30!

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Emily founded Winter's Hill Estate with her husband Peter in 1990.

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