Sooo, you may have heard that we, Inheritance Farm Permaculture, held a grape pruning workshop at the fabulous Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard. WHAT A TIME!! It's a beautiful place and you can have brunch (which we did) or go to a wine tasting or have some wine with your brunch *wink, wink* or host an event there.
If you didn't make it (and yeah we're looking at you) shame on you! Marshall and Sunny (what a great name!) Bishop treated us royally and started the day with free coffee and fresh cooked pastries. We would have loved to post pictures of the pastries, but, alas, they weren't around long enough for a photo op. And the rumors are true: some of us *may* have had more than our share, just saying.
Anyway, we have pictures, pictures and more pictures of the days events.
First up: Classroom time!
Here we are looking all fine and phat as Marshall gives us the in's and out's of basic pruning. Damn, what a good looking bunch! And did I mention we had FREE coffee and pastries (not that's it's on my mind or anything)?
Next up: We hit the secret laboratory!
Marshall then took us into the guts of the operation and showed us around his workshop. Here's where the magic happens and it's pretty impressive to see all of his wine making equipment. BUT, the wine making workshop is happening later in the year (and you WILL be there, right? RIGHT?) and so we didn't tarry long at this stop, it was time to get to work.
Wholly Moley! The vineyard looked huge and Marshall had already pruned most of it, but, left a section just for us!
This man was soooo gracious. He took his time and gave us one on one instruction about grape pruning and released us into the wild (ok, our section) to hack, cut and basically try to destroy his vines.
We did our darndest and with his gentle patience we prevailed at the task we came to learn.
Along the way to our section of the vineyard we had to pass the alpacas and who came a runnin', but, Cocoa! He was cute on cute with some more cute thrown in for good measure.
More photos are coming, but, until then here's a short video of Marshall helping Randi prune a vine.
Oh, and buy the apple wine. Trust us, you'll be sending us Christmas gifts after you do.
Ray is part of the Ray and Randi duo, who actually don't live on the farm. They have a micro-homestead in Gilmanton, but are VERY active over at IFP and are guest bloggers for them.
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