Shoot Thinning Time in the Vineyard

5/24/2017 This past wave of heat has pushed our vines right up to the critical shoot thinning & suckering window: nearly everything is growing and exposed, but still young and tender so that the offending shoots are easily rubbed off with the fingers. The shoots are 4 to 8 inches long with 3 or 4 […]

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 […]

Shoot thinning and cultivation in the vineyard

Vineyard Pruning Workshop

It’s time to start pruning the vineyards to get ready for a new growing season. We are providing the opportunity for 10 people to join Russell Gladhart in our vineyards for a hands on Vineyard Pruning class. Russell will teach and guide as you get to learn a new skill, and be a part of […]

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 […]

Icy Vineyard

When the ice melts the leaves will come down.

Monarch Butterflies at Winter’s Hill

This is our first sighting of a monarch at Winter’s Hill in June of 2014. We were excited to find both caterpillars and a chrysalis on July 13!! The caterpillar is feeding on milkweed which we planted 5 years ago. It is the only plant on which monarch caterpillars feed. The chrysalis was hanging on […]

2014 Harvest is Just Weeks Away-Veraison

Veraison-the onset of ripening. Veraison is the period of development when the berries transition from berry growth to berry ripening. Over the next several weeks the grapes will begin to develop a sweet taste as the sugars begin to develop. Talking to our winemaker, Shane, this morning he is predicting that harvest will begin in […]

Time for a trim

The vines grow fast in early summer, with leaves and tendrils reaching for the sky.  If the vines grow too far above the top wire of the trellis, they droop down and can shade the developing fruit below.   We take a little off the top and the sides to keep the vines pointed up, […]

Summer arrives in the vineyard

In the Willamette Valley, Spring arrives slowly.  For each warm afternoon we seem to get two days of rain and wind.  The buds in the vineyard begin to swell in March, finally opening in early April. At first, growth is slow as the first leaves expand.  The work in the vineyard begins to pick up, […]