You know it’s fall on the Old Mission Peninsula when the grapes put their cozy sweaters on and set a pot of cider on the stove to mull.
The delicate netting now adorns many vineyards around the OMP neighborhood, including the ones in these photos, taken at Brys Estate this week.
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We follow the donning of the grape sweaters year after year here on Old Mission Gazette. The annual event signals the end of summer and the beginning of cooler weather (great for hiking those trails – yes!), gorgeous colors gracing the trees, and puffy clouds filling the skies.
Here they are in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. I don’t know what happened in 2018, but I was probably recovering from this.
Brys Estate is located on the old Giles farm, and they’ve lovingly kept the old barn in great shape. Click here to read more about the Giles family and get Nida Giles’ German Potato Salad Recipe.
According to the video below, the netting is draped over the grapes about six weeks before harvest. Some 45 miles of netting over 50 acres of grapes. That’s a lot of sweaters.
The netting – which is applied via a machine with human help – helps to keep critters like birds, deer and raccoons from feeding on the tasty grapes as they continue to ripen on the vine.
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