Harvest-your-own grapes in August

Pick-your-own grapes

Have you ever tasted perfectly ripened grapes plucked fresh from the vine? Or participated in the vendemmia (wine grape harvest)? A good spring soak followed by an endless parade of hot summer days is like super mojo for grapes, and the outlook for winegrowers and vineyards this year is a golden one. As a home gardener with a single uva fragola (concord grape), I’m more than happy for the few clusters not claimed by bugs and hail, but to round out the whole harvesting experience, MotH and I went to our favorite organic farm near Treviglio.

Pick-your-own grapes

Eat all you want. 100% organic and rightly proud about it, we were encouraged to taste while we harvested. One of the varieties grown is Muscat bleu which is used both as a wine grape and table grape. The loose clusters have round, smallish fruit which contain seeds. Vines are staked and trained in a pergola-style, and protected from pests by lightweight netting which covers the length of the row.

Ready for the vendemmia?

The white grapes weren’t quite ready at the time we were there but MotH did manage to score a couple of bunches to add to our haul. Other than the blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries that we harvested on a previous visit, Castel Cerreto Agricola also grows melons, asparagus, strawberries and kiwiberries – all organic!

U-pick organic grapes

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9 thoughts on “Harvest-your-own grapes in August

  1. Nonna T

    Beautiful photos, perfect color and light 🙂 Do they make their own wine? I looked at their FB page and drooled over the photo of their figs…..

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    1. Rowena Post author

      It was a beautiful morning, although quite hot by the time we got there. They don’t make wine but do turn some of their fruit into jams and juice. I am waiting for their hardy kiwis to ripen up!

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  2. Kat

    Those grapes look so good – were they seedless?
    Most grapes in Japan are seedless and the skins quite tough, so we usually peel them while eating.

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