It was windy and you could definitely feel there was a storm coming, but we also got some spots of blue sky. My angels were there for me and made sure the rain stayed away until we had finished (well, that vineyard. They still had a few other locations to go to). We made our way into the garden where I was shown some of the different things they grow. Yuri had me try a which was delicious. There’s something about eating fresh fruit right off the tree.
We made our way to the top level and we were given our shears to cut the grapes. You have to cut right at the top, near the branch (I don’t think it’s called a branch, but you know what I mean). I’ll just stop and say that Kelly and I are really good at this, especially for our first time. We were a lot faster than the men and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves cracking up and entertaining each other and the others. I may have found my way to spend a lot of time here every year: photo shoot supplemented with getting hired to harvest grapes. Just saying….
Anyway, we spent a good two hours making our way through each level, climbing under vines and trying some yummy grapes along the way. The plants range in age and some were 100-125 years old. They use red containers now, but they used to use baskets. Women would carry heavy baskets full of grapes on their heads to get them down the mountain. This was a very cool experience that I’d happily participate in again. I had a few scrapes, got my hair caught in the vines and metal holding the vines a ridiculous amount of times and even sat right in a bunch of grapes (that felt fabulous), but it was so much fun! Here are a bunch of pictures from the morning.
We found just a few of these bunches of grapes called galetta grapes.
Of COURSE, I had to lift the grapes. That was one heavy sucker. I think Yuri's dad thinks I'm nuts, but at least he found me entertaining.
Kelly rocking the latest in fashion: Grape earrings and a thorn sweater. Those suckers just attach to you.
If you ever have the chance to come here this time of year, I highly suggest it. :)