Earlier this week, a friend visited a local vineyard and harvested a beautiful and delicious looking bucket of grapes. I had to dig and found out where she went! MountainRose Vineyards is a precious gem tucked away in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia in the small town of Wise. MountainRose offers many products and services such as a large variety of award winning wines (naturally, they are a vineyard, after all) and fun events such as Sip ‘n Paint lessons, Murder Mystery dinners, weddings, etc. I have attended two Sip ‘n Paint events and can attest that they are loads of fun and you come home with your very own painting! This week they offered a U-Pick event allowing visitors to harvest grapes to bring home. The varieties offered were concord (deep blue or purple), Catawba (pink), and Niagara (green or white) each of which offers a variety of nutrients. I visited the vineyard on Friday to harvest grapes, take photos, and visit with the MountainRose Vineyard staff. To learn more about MountainRose Vineyard click here.
Sadly, as Friday was the last day for public harvesting, it was difficult to find large clusters of grapes and there were few Catawba and Niagara grapes left. Regardless, I grabbed a set of clippers and went to work searching the hills for grapes. And photo ops! It was a hot day but it was fun getting lost in the vines searching for fruit. It was fairly quiet and after a very busy and stressful week at work the down time was a much needed break.
I did find enough grapes to bring home and enjoyed photographing them last night. In between nibbles, that is! The grapes are sweet and far superior to other grapes that I have tried. So delicious! I have planned out a fun recipe incorporating the grapes which I will share this evening. Keeping my fingers crossed it works out as well as I envisioned it!
I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them. That is one of my favorite parts of blogging, the photos! Now I’m off to cook — I’ll be back soon!