Gifford Vineyard Harvest 2017

I’m only a month late sharing this, but better late than never right. The first weekend in Oct Mark and I headed over to E WA to help my Aunt and Uncle with their grape harvest.

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We were so thankful that good friends offered to let Sky spend the weekend with them back home which freed Mark and I up to be able to work in the vineyard without trying to keep an eye on Sky. Bonus…we could sneak in a little date night dinner on the way over. I love our kiddo, but it was kind of fun making the trip over just the two of us.

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Highly recommend Zesta Cucina if you find yourself hungry in Yakima…really good food!

Anyway, we were so excited to be able to help with the first official harvest at Gifford Vineyard. We’ve seen the transformation from family home to vineyard, we helped plant the very grapes we were going to harvest, and have spent several weekends over the last few years helping out around the vineyard. It finally felt like all the hard work was paying off…literally they had a check in hand at the end of the day!

Harvesting is a lot more fun than planting. It’s still work, and it’s still a long, full day, but a lot easier on the body than planting, or cutting grow tubes off! We were so lucky to have a beautiful day with sunny, cooler weather and it just felt like a celebration all day long.

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I have a whole new appreciation for all the work that goes into a bottle of wine, and I’m only talking about the growing part…I’m sure there is a ton of work on the wine making side of things as well. Thank goodness there are those out there willing to put in the hard work so that us winos can enjoy a good bottle of vino! 🙂

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There was a little oops loading the truck, one of the containers dumped off the tractor while lifting it and we ended up with a pile of grapes in the driveway…we had fun stomping around in them after!
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Wine makes, wine growers, and signed, paid for contract! Over 3 tons of grapes picked, and loaded!

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Very satisfying work indeed. And, since Sky wasn’t there with us we brought some grapes back with us so she could stomp them, so fun!

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Cheers to a successful harvest!

 

 

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