Northwest Wines: Small family winery produces big results in Oregon’s Dundee Hills
By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
High in northern Oregon’s picturesque Dundee Hills is a special vineyard and winery run by a small but high-achieving family.
Winter’s Hill Estate was established in 1990, when Peter and Emily Gladhart put their first vines in the ground at the 150-acre family farm that was established nearly 30 years earlier. They crafted their first wines in 1998, producing just a few hundred cases that vintage.
In 2004, their son Russell and his wife, Burgundy native Delphine, joined the company, with Delphine becoming the head winemaker. Russell took over the winemaking job a year ago.
Today, Winter’s Hill estate vineyard has 35 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. It has been certified Salmon-Safe and LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) since 1999. Surrounding the tranquil vineyard are Oregon white oak and Douglas fir trees, which provide habitats for a variety of wildlife species.
Also in the neighborhood are many of Oregon’s oldest and most important wineries and vineyards. The Dundee Hills is the heart of the northern Willamette Valley, where Pinot Noir was first planted a half-century ago. The Gladharts continue the long tradition of producing superb wines from the red soils found in the Dundee Hills.
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