Emily

About Emily

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

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.

Harvest 2015 – Part 4

The first day of harvesting was Sept. 15 this year so the season is moving right along. We started with Pinot noir which is now fermenting in the winery. Sat., Oct 3 was the day we picked Pinot blanc. The weather has been beautiful – not too hot for the fruit or the pickers, DRY […]

Harvest – Part 3

Harvesting continues in the vineyard and in the winery. Everyone is busy! Today we’re continuing the harvest of Pinot gris in Block 6 which will be pressed today. The pickers are working hard and fast! The winery crew is too. In the winery we are keeping the Pinot warm while it finishes fermenting. That which […]

Harvest Part 2

Pinot is in the fermenters and harvesting Pinot gris begins! There is so much going on in the winery at this time! A big difference between harvesting Pinot noir and Pinot gris is that the gris is pressed whole cluster as it comes up from the vineyard and then ferments in stainless steel and some […]