How did a gal from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, grow up to become one of Oregon’s up-and-coming winemakers? It all started with her love for the land.
In her childhood, Anne Hubatch loved the outdoors and the natural beauty of the heartland. She spent much of her youth taking walks in the woods behind her house or skipping stones on the shores of Lake Michigan.
She pursued this love to the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a degree in Geology and Environmental Studies. She knew then her career path led to a connection with the land.
A Move Out West
Anne soon found herself in the heart of Oregon wine country where her future was realized — she found a passion to become a winemaker. Through hands-on exposure to Oregon’s wine industry, Anne began her decade-long, experiential wine training with some of Oregon’s best winemakers — Eric Hamacher (Hamacher Wines), David Adelsheim & Dave Paige (Adelsheim Vineyard), Joe Dobbes (Dobbes Family Estate/Wine By Joe), and Alfredo Apolloni (Apolloni Vineyards). She enrolled at Chemeketa Community College and began studies in Winemaking.
The First Vintage
In 2009, Anne introduced her first solo vintage – Helioterra Wines. The name draws on geological inspirations, symbolizing Heliolite, the Oregon state gemstone (more commonly known as Sun Stone), and terra, the Greek word for earth. The sun and earth are natural partners for the growth of quality wine grapes.
Anne selects her wine grapes from top-notch Northwest vineyards and crafts her wine at an urban Portland winery. She is proud of her Helioterra wines, which she describes as “a grounded, honest expression of her winemaking style, reflecting feminine sensibilities.” Says Anne,
“Helioterra wines are sensuous and evocative in style, ‘to honor the wine grapes and the fertile vineyards where they are grown.’”