Thursday, October 4, 2012

Get Thee to a Winery!

Sparkling and bright in liquid light
     Does the wine our goblets gleam in;
With hue as red as the rosy bed
    Which a bee would choose to dream in.
                   Charles Fenno Hoffman


Last month I had a chance to venture into an agricultural area I have never been and honestly know nothing about. I jumped at the chance to see a beautiful country side that can grow anything because of its rich soil and perfect weather. South-Western Ontario (Niagara) is very beautiful. I am heading into wine country as it is sometimes called. I have never been to a winery, I have drove past a winery but never went down one of those long lane ways past the rows of beautiful grapes covered with mesh and seen what goes on there.


The first thing I noticed after the rows and rows of well-kept grape bushes laden with grapes of every colour are the manicured lawns and huge beautiful houses that seem to sit in the middle of these fields. The barns situated in all of these places were well taken care of and I have no other word but awesome. I imagined long ago that they were either dairy or mixed farms with fruit growing and vegetable growing. They had been bought up by strangers, or quite possibly by a descendant of the original farmer and grown into a beautiful profitable business. These estates, in some cases, were very impressive indeed; I did feel a little out of place in my blue jeans.


I jumped out of the car and wandered the grounds like a kid in a candy shop. There was so much beauty to see and I was truly impressed by this operation. The grapes hanging from the vines and wrapped around gnarly old stumps all in very straight rows running for what seemed to be miles. Between every row the grass had been cut and there were no weeds to be seen.


I was taking photos and obviously oblivious to my surroundings when all of a sudden I heard a loud bang, instinct had me drop to the ground. Even though I do not live in the city, I have had my share of gun shooting farmers as that hungry kid who may have possibly been trespassing while trying to borrow their apples (that is another story). I was pretty sure it was just a warning shot but it stays with you I must admit. That is where this instinct comes from.


 I waited then stood up to see where it had come from. Then I hear it again but from another direction. What the heck was going on?  I did not drop this time and tried to figure this out and after peering around carefully I noticed bird bangers to protect those precious grapes. I could see them mounted in the middle of the rows of grapes and since we were surrounded by many wineries they were going off constantly in every direction. I honestly felt sorry for anyone who moved out to the country to get away from the noise of the city. I know it scared me.


I did enjoy my visit to the winery and I admire the work and dedication it takes to run a business depending on weather and apparently birds. It was beautiful country and I truly enjoyed the landscape and natural beauty this area has to offer. I look forward to going when the grapes are off and not worrying about those loud bangs. This was a side of agriculture I still do not understand but am glad I went, maybe next time I will ask more questions and take fewer photos.

Later

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30 comments:

  1. I love visiting wineries. I have only come across one with the big bangs.

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  2. "I have had my share of gun shooting farmers as that hungry kid who may have possibly been trespassing while trying to borrow their apples (that is another story). "
    I understand this statement ...the difference being pumpkins may have been THEE temptation.....:)~~peace of mind~~

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  3. In high school my dad insured a lot of wineries, so he used to take me with him to visit them. I've always found them interesting and beautiful. I love your pics of the grapes. Too funny about the bird bangers!

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  4. i dont drink but i have visited wineries and breweries... i find it interesting to learn the process and see the passion of the people who produce it.

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  5. Those grapes look so lush. Methinks I shall add grapes to the shopping list today.

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  6. Guess my first comment showed how quickly I was reading this morning before I went to the barn! :-) Oh well...I've never been to a winery, but it would be very interesting I would think! I wonder if there are lots of bees?

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  7. Great shots and fun time ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. Seems you enjoyed your first visit to a winery.
    We have heaps of them down here as you probably have guessed :) love M xoxox

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  9. hi B! it seems you like to keep busy! always fun to explore new places! :)

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  10. There is a winery about 15 miles from here that I would love to visit.

    You got some great pics from your visit to the winery. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. I love visiting wineries. We actually have a small area that is wine country here in Arizona. Did you buy any wine?

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  12. I love the winery, not the gun shot.

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  13. i admire folks who have vineyards - such an exact science to grow those grapes with just the right soils, weather balance, then prepare the wines with additives and flavor. yikes!

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  14. Lovely pictures! This part of Arizona is actually "wine country." We have many wineries and they produce some pretty decent wines! :)

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  15. We live in the heart of wine country here in NC! One of these days we are going to take a few days to go and visit more than just the one that is down the road from us.

    Your photos are beautiful!!!

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  16. Great photos of the grapes and the scenery. Pumpkin adventures are great. Do try it with milk and cinnamon, it is really good.

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  17. I'm laughing out loud at the bird bangers! So funny but I understand why you were shocked haha.

    Those grapes look wonderful. I've been to several different wineries and I really love them. So peaceful and beautiful.

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  18. Beautiful place isn't it ? I have been there a few times as we are even more west from them and only a two hour drive . The land is beautiful all through out South-Western Ontario I have a web site that I think you would enjoy all about South Western Ontario . http://www.discover-southern-ontario.com/index.html . Glad you enjoyed your trip . Lovely photos . Have a good day !

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  19. I have never been to a winery, but your post makes me want to go! Love the shots of the grapes.

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  20. That is one of the things I would love to do - visit a winery. Your pics look lovely. All of those delicious grapes. I think I might have dropped to the ground too with that big bang. At least if I ever get to visit one I can be wary of that. :))

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  21. Beautiful shots! The grapes look luscious.

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  22. i have never been to a winery, it sure does look beautiful!!

    the hubs and i ran a construction business for 25 years, i sure do understand the dedication it takes to run a company. i'm happy to be semi-retired, we both worked very hard!! i know you know all about hard work!!

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  23. it's been a while since we've been to the Niagara season.

    Gill

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  24. Lovely countryside. I enjoyed you sharing your pics.

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  25. I have been to a winery, but never visited with the owners. Now that I am attempthing to my own wines, I do have questions.

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  26. Our grapes definitely didn't do as well this year -- these are gorgeous. I would have been so tempted to taste one. :)

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  27. i've never been to a winery...
    just the already prepared bottles on the shelves...

    *cheers*

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  28. i hope you had some free samples! that my favorite part about going to wineries. ;)

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  29. We have been to a lot of wineries but never experienced that! But they really are beautiful places!

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