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, […]

Winter’s Hill Vineyard featured in USA Today

If you are considering a trip to Oregon Wine Country, check out this article by Robert Holmes (@travelpix) in USA Today.  It features great photography from Andrea Johnson and great trip ideas like a horseback tour from Equestrian Wine Tours that will take you right to the door of Winter’s Hill Vineyard. http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/food-and-wine/tours-and-trails/2014/01/08/oregon-wine-tours/2650457/

Conserving Oak Habitat in Oregon Winecountry

Development in the Willamette Valley has taken a toll on Native Oak Savannah habitat.  Some of that habitat has been lost as vineyards expand.  At Winter’s Hill we are proud of the efforts we have made to conserve and protect our native oaks.  Devan Schwartz of NPR spoke with Emily as part of his recent […]

Brrr! It’s cold, but the vines can take it. (fingers crossed)

Temperatures in the Willamette Valley have dropped to 10 degrees F (-12 degrees C) for the past two nights.  That is right at the danger point where Vinifera grapes like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris can suffer cold damage.  We are relieved that predictions of much lower temperatures did not materialize.  It is also beneficial […]

Give!Guide Partnership with 1000 Friends of Oregon

The  Give!Guide sponsored by Willamette Week    is one of our regions most powerful engines for strengthening our community and  raising funds for local organizations.  Last year they helped raise almost $2 million, and this year the goal is even higher. Winter’s Hill is proud to be partnering with 1000 Friends of  Oregon in this campaign.  […]

Pinot Gris from Field to Glass

Follow the Pinot Gris as it makes its way from grapes on the vine to juice ready to ferment into wine. Many people are surprised at the relative dark, bronze color of the Pinot Gris grape.  It needs to be handled gently to avoid extracting the color from the skins. All of our vineyard is […]

Can you spare a tractor?

Harvest is coming, and Winter’s Hill is looking for a tractor. During the off season, we purchased a specialized trailer to pull the loaded bins of fruit up from the vineyard to the winery.  We are looking forward to bringing the fruit in much more quickly and efficiently, but there is one catch.  We need […]

Too soon to tell

We are getting excited about the coming 2013 vintage, and visitors to the winery are eager to know “Will this be a good vintage?” Our neighbors at Lenné Estate have a great blog post on the dangers of making predictions in Oregon. You can read it here.