Emily

About Emily

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

The Punchdown!

The fruit is picked and now the cellar crew takes over from the harvest crew. The winery is filled with fermenters filled with Pinot noir grapes slowly turning into wine. Some grapes have been destemmed and others are left “whole cluster” as they go into the fermenters. Careful records are kept about which block of […]

Finishing the 2017 Harvest

  Yesterday we finished picking at Winter’s Hill Estate under sunny skies. The fog in the valley was just beautiful, the air chilly and the sun about to come up as we stated picking.           It wasn’t long before first the Pinot blanc was at the winery. The blanc was pressed […]

Harvest 2017!

Harvest started early this morning! The pickers arrived before daybreak and finished their coffee in their cars. The sun came up and all were working!   We quickly started filling the totes set up on the trailer. Each of the 4 totes take about 600 lbs. of fruit. The pickers each have a card that […]

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 […]

A Summer Walk at Winter’s Hill Estate

Great time to leisurely walk around the meadow, into the woods and down to the vineyard. Along the way you’ll pass patches of brodiae, and False Solomon’s Seal which has gone to seed and likely bumble bees fast at work collecting pollen and eating nectar. Watch for the bluebirds and the acorn woodpeckers too. When […]

Waiting for the Monarchs

I’ve been checking for eggs on the milkweed for some time now. I’m anxious to know that the monarchs will find the milkweed again! Our patches are well established, planted in 2010, and each patch has from 10 to 20 flower stalks. It is still early. Don’t usually see larva until July. This year I […]

Shoot thinning and cultivation in the vineyard

Honey Bees at Winter’s Hill Estate

The Vineyard in Winter at Winter’s Hill

Come take a winter walk in the vineyard. Think about the grapes recently harvested and anticipate the coming year. Pruning will start soon so all will be ready for bud break sometime in March. While every year is different the last few have brought early bud break & before that moment plants need to be […]

Is the harvest over because the grapes are harvested? Part 5

The concerns about the weather are but the excitement in the winery evolves as do the wines themselves.