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 […]

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 […]

New Growth and Old Memories

Hiking through the vineyard today, it is clear that the growing season is underway, no matter how reluctantly the cold dreary winter recedes. On May 1 there was nothing but closed, fat pink buds; on May 3rd little green mouse ears were everywhere. Now the shoots of block 5, barely 530 feet in elevation and […]

Oregon’s Invisible Beauty

Oregon is gorgeous, even when it is to dark to see.  Experience a new vision of Oregon with infrared cameras. https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/520617/invisible-oregon/

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 […]

Recent Monarch Activity at Winter’s Hill

I monitor activity almost daily. Have found at least 2 doz. larva since June 26 but only 1 chrysalis! Today July 19 I saw 1 instar; yesterday I saw 2 on different plants in about the 4 or 5 instar stage.. Have posted questions about several pictures and would greatly appreciate info on them. I’m […]

Butterfly Gardening at Winter’s Hill Estate

Butterfly Gardening at Winter’s Hill Vineyard Winter’s Hill Estate is in the Willamette Valley near Dundee. Most info about butterfly gardens is geared towards the eastern or southern US. I’ve checked locally about which butterflies we can attract in Oregon. Listed here are the host plants for those butterflies. Xerces has observed that one needs […]

Pruning Workshop Success

Lots of good hands-on learning to prune grapes this morning under Russell’s tutelage. The weather was perfect. Lunch afterwards on the patio was enjoyed by all.

GiveGuide Raises more than $3.1 million

The GiveGuide charitable giving campaign shattered is own record and goals for 2014, raising more than $3.1 million. Winter’s Hill Estate was proud to sponsor 1000 Friends of Oregon, one of the Portland area non-profits selected to  participate.  1000 Friends also broke their previous record, raising more than $29,000 to support their efforts to protect […]

Bounty of Yamhill County Sunday Sept. 7

Don’t miss the Bounty of Yamhill County Sunday September, 7 at Sokol Blosser Winery. Benefiting the Yamhill Enrichment Society, this event features many of the best restaurants and wineries of Yamhill County. Winter’s Hill Estate is proud to be a sponsor of this years event.  Tickets are still available, see you there!