John and Lena Winter moved to Oregon in 1961, purchasing the orchards and farmland that would later become our vineyards. When their daughter Emily and her husband Peter planted the first vineyards in 1990, they named it Winter’s Hill in their honor.
John Winter was born Hans Viehweg in Hannover, Germany, and he and Lena immigrated to the United States in 1929, settling in Chicago. Upon gaining citizenship, Hans changed his name, as was common at that time. John and Lena built a business and raised a family in Chicago, but they loved the mountains, forests, and open spaces of the United States.
On summer vacations they would load the family car and drive across the country to visit the American West. When their children were grown, they moved to Oregon to start a new life in the hills of the Willamette Valley. We feel so fortunate that they did, and we are proud to carry on their legacy at Winter’s Hill Estate.