Helioterra Reds Score 91 Points
Helioterra Wines is pleased to announce that four of our red wines have received 91 points from Doug Wilder at the Purely Domestic Wine Report! The wines submitted for judging include the following along with the tasting notes from the judges.
2014 Helioterra Pinot Noir Vintner’s Select (91 pts)
The nose is a sweet blueberry, cherry, black fruit paste and cinnamon. The palate has notes of mint, cherry and savory rich black fruit backed by firm acidity. Drink 2016-2022
2014 Helioterra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (91 pts)
The nose is a sappy red berry fruit with some high notes of kirsch, licorice, and floral perfume. The palate entry is a ripe plum with delicately focused cola and spice core with notes of dried herb. Very well put together for early enjoyment. Drink 2016-2019
2014 Helioterra Columbia Valley Syrah (91 pts)
The nose opens to chocolate, prune, blueberry and aromatic blossoms. The palate offers supple plum and dark cherry in the core with solid acid structure. Very enjoyable for the price. Drink 2016-2020
2014 Helioterra Mourvédre (91 pts)
The nose is graphite, spice (clove) apple, black raspberry cranberry and gardenia. The palate is silky and lively on entry with a well-textured and supple core of spiced cherry offering balanced, juicy vitality. Drink 2016-2020
Anne Sounds off on Portland Culinary Podcast!
Get the scoop on Helioterra Wines from Winemaker Anne Hubatch in this new Portland Culinary Podcast hosted by Steven Shomler. Learn how Anne began her journey to becoming vintner and how her passion for winemaking has evolved over time to develop into the skill and knack that she has today.
Growing up in Wisconsin Anne had a knack for the culinary arts and enjoyed pairing wines with food during her college days and how the aromatics in wine could transcend a dining experience. Over a casual dinner with friends one night in Madison Anne declare that one day, she would become a winemaker. And as the saying goes, the rest is history!
Anne’s road to Oregon was paved after obtaining her degree in Geology and Environmental Studies while working for a non-profit environmental agency. Not knowing a soul when she moved out West, Anne knew for her that there was no looking back. Soon Anne found herself working at Tualatin Estate Vineyards in the tasting room where she was able to see first hand the business of running a winery. This was an eye opening experience for her and she quickly realized that making wine would be her life’s calling. From there she enrolled in the winemaking program at Chemeketa Community College in McMinnville.
As time went on Anne cut her teeth at a few different wineries in the Willamette Valley working in production and helping to make the wines. Ultimately Anne decided to take a gamble on herself and head out on her own and thus the Helioterra label was born. The first vintage of Helioterra Wines was in 2009.
Today, Anne travels around the country to promote the brand as well as continuing as head winemaker. In the busy and ever changing world of wine Anne continues to make world class wines for consumers. You will also be able to listen to her and Steven taste through a few of her bottlings and get some great ideas for food pairings.
Find the full podcast interview here: Portland Culinary Podcast
[ June 2016]
We are pleased to share that Helioterra has received two metals at the San Francisco’s International Wine Competition. We have won GOLD for our 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc and BRONZE for our 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir!The San Francisco International wine competition receives nearly 5,000 wines from 29 states and over 20 countries and is consider the largest and most influential international wine competition in America!
AND TO TOP IT OFF..
Our Willamette Valley Pinot Noir won a second medal at 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition! This competition was expertly judged by the wine industry’s leading professional women. Nearly 1100 wines were entered in the competition and we are delighted to announce that our 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir won BRONZE!
“And the award goes to… Anne Hubatch”- Jade Helm
As you know, Anne Hubatch is oh-so-very talented and has received an amazing award for her achievements! She has been honored by Chemeteka Wine Studies, for the
2016 Emerging Leader award!
Virgin Atlantic Blog: This month, Helioterra was honored to be named one of the best winieries in Oregon by travel journalist Crai S Bower. Bower wrote about the top Oregon winieries, and the growing popularity of Oregon wines worldwide. Thanks so much for the shoutout, we appreciate it! You can read the article here.Wines & Vines: After 6 amazing years of making wine in the city, Helioterra is making the big move out to the Valley. This article from Wines & Vines describes our journey down to the beautiful BjornsonVineyard and our hopefully shortlived good-bye to urban winemaking. Very informative!
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Anne, along with her winemaking skills, was honored to be interviewed for a feature article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel! In this, Anne talks about her journey from a small town in Wisconsin to the big city of Portland, Oregon only to stumble upon the craft of winemaking. Boy, are we glad she did! Find more information about your favorite winemaker here. Great read!
Eater: St. Catherine’s Day is an old French tradition that called upon single women to “parade to the local St. Catherine statue to pray for a husband and let everyone know they were available.” Weird. Happily, Anne and a crew of other “top female chefs, winemakers, [and] bartenders” are turning the tradition on its head by “hosting a parade of their own, to bring awareness and raise funds for ovarian cancer.” Eater has a great write-up of the event, which is this Sunday, November 23rd, and hits a number of cool spots, including Jupiter Hotel, Coopers Hall, and Union/Pine. (See our Events page for ticket information.)
Examiner: Michele Francisco looked back on the recently wrapped 2014 harvest — “a year so unique it’s like no other in the history of Oregon wine” — and asked Anne for her take on it. Says she: “This was definitely an epic harvest. The fruit quality was the best we’ve seen in over a decade, and it was bountiful to boot.” Go here to read the rest!
Sip Northwest: Pleased as Punch that Sip Northwest recently chose our 2012 Yakima Valley Syrah as the Daily Sip. As author Erin James describes, the wine “is dark as night, aesthetically and aromatically” and “just tips the scale onto the fuller-bodied side, but holds its weight with the control and elegance Hubatch’s wines are recognized for.” Read the rest of the article here and then pick up a bottle to taste for yourself!
Sip Northwest: Will Prouty of Division Wines thinks you should pair the 2013 Helioterra Melon de Bourgogne with a garden salad this summer and, frankly, we couldn’t agree more. So get to your garden, grab some greens — or, as Prouty suggests, oysters! — and pop open a bottle. To read the piece yourself and glean other suggestions, pick up the Summer 2014 issue.
The Oregonian Spring Wine Guide: Want to know what Anne will be drinking this summer? Read Danielle Centoni’s rundown of what local winemakers will be sipping in the sun to find out (hint: Leah Jorgensen factors in). Bonus: Centoni says, of Helioterra’s Pinot Blanc: “If you’re looking for the perfect patio sipper, this is it.” Bonus bonus: the awesome, front-page photo of Anne sitting pretty atop two barrels:
Northwest Travel Magazine: The Helioterra Mourvédre pops up again, this time in Cole Danehower’s “‘New’ Style Wines,” which explores the world beyond those “same seven wines” Northwest wine lovers go back to again and again…and again (and who can blame them?). As Danehower reminds us: “The fun of wine is trying new things. Next time you’re in your local wine shop, buy a Northwest wine from a grape you’ve never heard of. You’ll be glad you did!” We couldn’t agree more.
1859 Magazine: When Tamara Belgard set out to “peel back the label to show you how Oregon winemakers pour their heart, soul and personality into each bottle,” she decided to start with some of Oregon’s female powerhouses. Go here to dig a little deeper with Anne, Leah Jorgensen, and Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis.
Grape Collective: Dorothy J. Gaiter of “Love by the Glass” was surprised to find a Willamette Valley Melon de Bourgogne on a wine list in Greenwich Village. Her unlikely find? Our own Whoa Nelly! Melon de Bourgogne. And Gaiter’s verdict? “She absolutely nailed it.” Read the full version of this fun story here.
Imbibe Magazine: Helioterra pops up in “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a great rundown of uncommon varietals found in Washington and Oregon vineyards. Go for Katherine Cole’s description of our Mourvédre, stay for the section on Helioterra friend and former winery-mate Bow & Arrow.
Imbibe Magazine: Helioterra Mourvédre is awarded top honors on the “Imbibe 75” for 2014. This is their list of the People, Places and Flavors that will shape the way you drink in 2014. Read more about this in their web extra on the grape variety, and download the PDF here: Imbibe 75.
Portland Mercury: Helioterra and Whoa Nelly! both come up in this awesome profile of the inimitable Jan-Marc Baker and “Portland’s exploding wine scene.” As writer Thomas Ross declares: “Anne Hubatch’s marvelous Helioterra Wines has done well enough that Hubatch has spun off a more budget-friendly line under the label Whoa Nelly! Check out the Whoa Nelly White, a pretty (but slightly raucous) wine; a fistful of bright fruit that won’t set you back more than a fistful of dollars.”
Portland Monthly: Like so many before her, Allison Jones has fallen under Mourvèdre’s smoky spell, and Helioterra’s version is one of her favorites. Read more here.
1859 Magazine: Another day, another Mourvèdre convert. This time around, Tamara Belgard includes our Mourvèdre in a list of “wines that surprise,” explaining that “this bombshell of a wine is every bit as complex as it is approachable.” Continue reading here.
MIX Magazine: Martha Holmberg chronicles a special Helioterra and Alchemy Wine Productions collaboration in “Things get funky when mourvèdre comes to town.” Read the full story here!
Sip Northwest: Awards Helioterra 2011 Vintners Select Pinot Noir “Best Pinot Noir over $25” in the Pacific Northwest!
Winejulia.com wine blog: Streamlining it with Helioterra
Sip Northwest: Helioterra Wines “Best Newcomer” Winery in the Pacific Northwest. Download the full article here.
The Oregonian: Southeast Portland is home to innovative hybrids
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB): Winemakers Put Down Urban Roots
Northwest Wine Anthem: Hey, Ho, Let’s Go!… to the PDX Urban Wineries
Palate Press: 2009 Helioterra Columbia Valley Syrah wins 2011 Reader’s Choice Wine of the Year – Red
Palate Press: Interview with Anne Hubatch about her 2009 Syrah
2011 International Women’s Winemaker Competition: Our 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir takes silver! Results here.
MIX Magazine: Portland’s 50 Best Summer Drinks – Our 2009 Syrah makes the list!
The Oregonian: Wine pick: 2010 Helioterra Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc
Hoke Harden: Oregon Pinot Blanc with a Northern Italian Accent
Northwest Whites: The Graceful Winemaker
PaulGregutt.com: We recently grabbed the attention of Seattle Times writer and Wine Spectator Contributing Editor, Paul Gregutt at this year’s Portland Indie Food & Wine Fest
Palate Press: Helioterra Wines 2009 Columbia Valley Syrah – Wine of the Week
Northwest Palate Magazine: 2009 Pinot Noir makes Vintage Value & Pick of the Palate of Northwest Palate Magazine.
Portland Tribune: Portland’s uptown vin de pays Urban wineries stake a claim in the city’s growing brewfest culture.
Oregon Wine Press: Helioterra is Here
The Oregonian: Local vintners join forces…