In 2000, winemaker Anne Ebenreiter Hubatch realized her future in the heart of Oregon wine country when she discovered a passion to become a winemaker. It was then that 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.
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.) Helio and terra combine the Greek words for sun and earth, natural partners for quality grape growing. Anne selects her wine grapes from top-notch Northwest vineyards to craft her wines which she describes as “a grounded, honest expression of her winemaking style, reflecting feminine sensibilities.”
Anne is not one to sit idle. In 2010 she co-founded a cooperative wine brand call Guild Winemakers with three other winemaker colleagues. In 2011 she launched a second label, Helioterra's little sister; Whoa Nelly Wines. Back at it again in 2014, she co-founded a cider company with two friends; Alter Ego Cider (because it is our winemaker's 'alter ego' to make cider.) Just in time for harvest season, in Fall 2018 all of Anne's four brands moved in to their own urban winery/cidery facility in SE Portland. In Spring 2019 they will open a taphouse and hospitality program at the location.