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Grape Harvesting

I had the opportunity to help friends harvest their grapes this year at their vineyard near St. Genevieve, Missouri. They have 3 acres of chambourcin vines planted. The grapes are taken to a winery next door for crushing, aging and bottling. Chambourcin thrives in the hot humid Missouri climate and is resistant to the hard freezes of our winters. This year produced an abundant harvest for their small vineyard even after thinning the grape clusters throughout the summer. The vines produced approximately 7 tons of grapes (almost twice the yield of 2008!). This was my first time harvesting grapes and I had a great time!!

Here are a few pictures from the day:

grape harvest1 The entry sign

grape harvest2 Beautiful clusters

grape harvest3 Harvesting

grape harvest4 Harvest lunch

grape harvest5 Random beauty

grape harvest6 To the crush room

grape harvest7 Crush room

grape harvest8 The winery

grape harvest9 Tasting patio

grape harvest10 The B & B

grape harvest11 The B & B

grape harvest12 Winery cat



A votre sante’!



4 Responses to “Grape Harvesting”

  1. 1 Nupur

    Oh, how fun! The pictures are lovely, Bruno.

    We went to Charleville winery earlier this summer just for a picnic with friends and enjoyed it very much. We didn’t spot the winery kitty though- good thing, because we had our dog with us and he does not play well with kitties :)

  2. 2 brunosdream

    Hi Nupur,

    Charleville is a cool little winery – Definitely worth the drive!

  3. 3 barbara

    What a fun day. I’d love to do this.

  4. 4 brunosdream

    Hi Barbara,

    It was great fun!

    You have an awesome array of wine regions in Australia – I bet many of the vineyards are looking for volunteer harvesters to save money.

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