Helvetia Winery Blog

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.

Earth Day at Helvetia

Earth Day Dinner Menu Appetizer crostini duck prosciutto and confit with arugula shrimp egg salad with parsley, capers, and scallion white bean puree with caramelized leek salad stoneboat greens with radishes and hazelnuts with sesame/rice wine vinaigrette main paella...

Helvetia Winery takes Sliver

Helvetia Winery's 2014 Estate Pinot Noir receives Silver Honors at Cascadia Wine Competition Yashar Shayan, owner of Impulse Wine, an online retailer in the Seattle area, judges at the annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great...

Wine Trail 2016

We are proud to be participating in the 8th Annual North Willamette Valley Wine Trail Weekend. It's a great way for you to taste wines from Oregon's North Willamette Valley.   Helvetia Winery is the northern most spot on the tour, and we invite you to start your...

The Burning of the Böögg coming to Helvetia

Long before there was Burning Man, there was the Burning of the Böögg . The Swiss tradition, with roots dating to the Middle Ages and beyond, ushers out old man winter and welcomes spring. Once a marker of the vernal equinox, the Burning of the Boogg is part of the...

Helvetia Winery’s Feast of St. Patrick

Helvetia Winery's annual Irish tradition combines great food, music, and wine. St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, time to toast the luck of the Irish and the joys of Celtic heritage with a glass of Helvetia Wine (or for those so inclined, a Guinness). Chef Dave...

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time: with WINE

It won’t earn you any merit badges, but you can add a grownup twist to Girl Scout Cookies by pairing them with wine. This Sunday, from 2-5pm, we will be putting this theory to the test at Helvetia Winery's first ever Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing event. We will...

Helvetia Spotlight: Catherine

When Catherine first visited Helvetia Winery in 2010, she came for facts not for wine. She was working for the federal government then, conducting the 2010 census in the Helvetia area and other Tualatin Mountain surrounds. John Platt recalls her going beyond the usual...

Batch PDX to Return to Helvetia

Batch PDX chocolatier who coined the term "Chocolate Hedonism" is back again in time for Valentine's Day Jeremy Karp's  special selection of  Batch PDX truffles will be in the Winery this weekend through February. Batch PDX took the world of chocolate by storm in...

Wine + Chocolate Weekend at Helvetia Winery

Our Valentine's Day Dinner sold out in record time this year, but it's not too late to plan a romantic getaway at Helvetia Winery. Bring your sweetheart out to our country winery to experience our first ever Wine + Chocolate Weekend Event, on February 13 & 14 from...

Helvetia Spotlight: Alicia and Carolyn

For a number of years, Alicia Eddens and Carolyn Sloan were loyal customers of Helvetia Winery, often visiting and staying late on Saturday afternoons. Alicia says that when their wine tabs mounted, both began serving wine on weekends while Carolyn took on additional...

Valentine’s Day Vintner’s Dinner 2016

Our Valentine's Day Dinner is SOLD OUT. Thank you! Please save the date: St. Patrick's Day is our next Wine & Dine event.  That being said, please know that we still have some amazing Valentine's Day Weekend Tours and Tastings, as well as special gourmet...