August Vineyard Update

The vineyard is standing bright green, tall and healthy as we begin crop thinning today. The evolutionary survival strategy of the vitis species is to produce as many seeded berries as possible so that a sufficient number will be spread around by birds and other critters (coyotes and raccoons here). Not surprisingly, this is much more than will properly ripen to the standards of a modern winemaker before the plant quits for the season.  Unless the grapes are growing on a nearly sterile rocky pile, there will be some crop thinning here in the Willamette Valley. I found the first well colored Pinot Noir cluster last Sunday; we had generalized color change in blocks 6 & 9 on August 11th last year. Bud break occurred about two days later in April this year than last, and the marked cool down with showers the last three weeks means we will likely have a normal harvest beginning about October 1 contrasted with the early September 20th harvests of the past three years.  Our new Chardonnay blocks grew slowly after top grafting in late April, but now they sport a vigorous, thriving canopy that we had to hedge back last week.  We expect a very good crop of Chardonnay next year.

-Peter Gladhart, Owner & Vineyard Manager

Facets of Winter’s Hill: A Co-Op Wine Festival

August 10-11, 2019

There are still tickets available at the door. Join the party!!

We offer our cellar to several small wine producers, and sell some of our grapes to others. This August we are hosting a Co-op wine tasting festival to showcase these producers. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample and purchase wines from these amazing winemakers that are part of the family here at Winter’s Hill Estate. Each winery will be pouring 3 wines. We will have food being served all day from Red Hills Market.

Wineries:

Tickets: $40-all inclusive
Wine Club Members: $30-all inclusive

Cellar Door Club members can order online (discount automatically applied), by email cellardoor@wintershillwine.com, or call 503-864-4592.

Free Yoga at the Winery

Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00-11:00 a.m. Join us for yoga with Martha. This 1 hour yoga class is free and is open to all levels. Please bring your own yoga mat with you. You are then invited to taste wines and socialize afterwards. You are … [Continue reading]

Tomatoes & Burrata paired with 2016 Pinot Gris Reserve

With the height of summer comes fresh bright flavors, and refreshing white wines. This is one of my favorite and easy & delicious summer meals. It pairs nicely with our 2016 Pinot Gris Reserve. 2 (8- to 10-ounce) balls of fresh burrata … [Continue reading]

Eight Vintage Vertical

Saturday, July 13, 2019 For the first time ever you are invited to join owner and winemaker, Russell Gladhart, in our time machine as we take you back thru the history of Winter’s Hill Estate wines. We are hosting a seated vertical tasting … [Continue reading]

Vineyard Update

June 7th, 2019  -Rapid Growth Phase! Six weeks after declaring 95 % bud break ( open leaves arrayed perpendicular to the trained cane) we are in the midst of the second canopy tuck of shoots into the 18 inch training wire with many now three feet … [Continue reading]

2018 Pinot Noir Barrel Tasting

Because this event was so popular we decided to add on 2 additional dates this summer. June 22, 2019July 27, 2019 You are invited to sit down with us to sample through several barrels of our 2018 vintage Pinot noir. The wines you will be … [Continue reading]

Bees, Birds, and Pinot Take Center Stage at Winter’s Hill Estate in the Dundee Hills

We are excited to have a great article in Portland Monthly. "From an idyllic perch in the Willamette Valley’s famed Dundee Hills, winemaker Russell Gladhart walks through vineyards soaked in late afternoon sunlight with his mother, Emily—a … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir

I made this recipe using our 2018 Rosé and it was delicious. So easy to make as well. Simply leave it in a slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours then serve with your favorite sauce. #16 Vinepair.com The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2019 “You can taste … [Continue reading]

2018 Pinot Noir Futures Sale

Our Pinot Noir Futures sale is now open. This is the one time of year where you can order our wines at a 30% discount. This year we are offering both full cases (30% discount), and half cases (20% discount). These wines are still aging in the … [Continue reading]