Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stand in this field and harvest grapes!! The day was perfectly planned by Wine Authorities - we loaded up on a big bus for an hour drive west to Grove Vineyards. On the way we watched the episode of "I Love Lucy" where she stomps grapes Lucy's Italian Movie, ate Guglhupf pastries and drank Counter Culture coffee!!
Once we arrived, we were greated by the owner and given an overview of the vineyard. We then set out with our pruning shears to harvest sangiovese grapes.
Kelly pruning away
Delicious, full bundles of grapes which we were encouraged to eat :)
We each were asked to fill a "lug" of grapes, which took about 1 hour.
After pruning, we were treated to generous wine samplings of each of Grove Vineyards wines. Kelly and I enjoyed the Eno River White (a Durham grown white grape blend) and Symphony (a sweet, dessert wine). We were also served a catered lunch from Durham Catering, along with a full glass of our favorite wine from the sampling.
Grape stomping time: lugs of grapes, foot washing station, and grape stomping buckets. We each took turns and stomped 2 lugs of grapes for 1 minute a piece.
They felt nice and squishy, it reminded me of gummy bears :) We named our vineyard wine "FootLucy" Red and will each receive a bottle once it's been properly fermented.
It was the perfect way to spend a late summer Sunday.