Grape Sweaters at Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Grape Sweaters at Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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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Grape Sweaters at Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Grape Sweaters at Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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 20152016, 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.

Grape Sweaters at Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Grape Sweaters at Brys Estate on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

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