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 […]

Closed Monday Sept. 4 to celebrate Labor Day

It’s time for one last deep breath before we plunge into the 2017 harvest season.  We will be enjoying family and friends, paired with a glass or two of chilled Dundee Hills Pinot blanc. We hope you can do the same.  However, if you just can’t wait for your next shipment of Winter’s Hill Estate […]

Crop Thinning as Harvest Approaches

With harvest surging towards us, it is time to thin the crop of grapes that is hanging on the vines. Why cut off such lovely fruit? Because the grape’s genetic program evolved to create the maximum quantity of seeds, while as winemakers we want to create the maximum quality of wine.  As a result, the […]

Waerator-Instant Wine Aerator

We were recently offered a free toy in the mail, the Waerator an instant wine aerator, to play with in the tasting room. So play with it we did! We opened several new bottles of wine, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2012 Pinot Noir Block 4, and 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve to try it out. For each […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vineyard Pruning Workshop Postponed

Due to the chance of snow up here on the hill tomorrow we have decided to postpone our Vineyard Pruning Workshop to Sunday, February 12 11:00-1:30. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we don’t want to take any chances with the way this winter has gone. We do hope you can make it next […]