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 […]

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

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 […]