Helvetia Winery Blog

2017 Spring Pickup Party – 2017-05-21T13:00:00

May is Oregon Wine Month. More to the point, May is Oregon Rose' month and traditionally we have released our lighter and brighter version of Pinot Noir on Memorial Day Weekend. But this year the Estate Helvetia Rose will only be offered to the wonderful individuals...

The Dirt on Dirt – Willamette Valley Terroir

Wednesday, April 12th starting at 7:00, Dr. Scott Burns will join us at the Jakob Yungen House to discuss the earth forces that filled the Tualatin Valley with soil that is among the richest on earth. Honored as the Outstanding Oregon Scientist for 2014 by the Oregon...

9th Annual North Willamette Vintners Wine Trail

The 9th annual North Willamette Vintners Wine Trail offers you a host of rich and diverse winery experiences accompanied by food and wine pairings. You can choose to watch noir while sipping Pinot Noir, stitch together cuttings to graft a vine, toast an oak stave and...

Community Farming Revolution

Because of the Missoula Floods, occurring between 13 and 15 thousand years ago, our Tualatin Valley has some of the best farmland in the world In addition to growing record yields of grains and nursery plants in the valley, not to mention fine winegrapes on the...

St. Patricks Feast at Helvetia Winery

Begin the week of St. Patrick with a sing-along and a feast of Irish culture and cuisine on Sunday, March 12th.  Our favorite penny-whistler, Peter Lepanto, leads the sons and daughters of Eire in songs made famous by the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliers.  Bring your...

2017 St. Valentines Dinner.

Love is in the air at Helvetia Winery meaning it's almost time for our annual St. Valentines Dinner! Seating is limited and, having had sold out in previous years, we decided to offer two separate dates with two separate menu's. These romantic five-course dinners,...

Grape Harvest

 Follow Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay as they journey from vine to wine (in a few weeks' time). Helvetia Winery 2016 Grape...

Why the Bouteille?

  At about the same time the Oregon Legislature was considering a bill to permit wineries to fill customers’ containers with their favorite wine, I had occasion to bring a pickup load of used bottles to Far West, our local recycling depot.  As I considered the $6 I...

The Very First Step of Harvest

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the work done at the winery during harvest of course, is picking grapes. What most people do not know is that harvest actually begins the day before the grapes are picked. This entire day is spent cleaning and...

Our Fifth Annual Memorial Day Salmon Bake

Memorial Day serves to remind us of the many sacrifices made on behalf of our country while, for many, the holiday heralds the upcoming summer. Come join us on Sunday, May 29th or Monday, May 30th for an afternoon or two of music with Lynn Conover and friends as well...

Suckering

John at Helve tells us about suckering, one of the first stages in the long adventure of Earth to grape to wine.