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Harvest Time in the ‘Grape’ State of Texas

You have to get up early in you want to participate in a grape harvest at a Texas Hill Country vineyard such as this event in 2017 at Rustic Spur Vineyards in Fredericksburg. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

It’s harvest time in the Texas wine country. Throughout the smoldering heat of August, just before dawn each day, harvesters file out into the vineyards collecting bunches of ripened grapes from loaded vines. Many of the vineyards seek volunteers to help with harvesting — which could be YOU!

Grapes hang heavily from the vines at Rustic Spur Vineyards in Fredericksburg. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell


As a participant in last year’s harvest, I highly recommend it. The only catch is, you have to be there early — like up-before-the-rooster early. As a late-sleeping, non-wine drinker, I tried this for the first time in August 2017 at Rustic Spur Vineyards. The nature-lover part of me won over the late-sleeper part. I enjoyed it so much that I have agreed to participate again this year. (My family is still scratching their heads over this one.)

What I enjoyed about participating in the harvest was being in the vineyard, vines heavy with beautiful, ripe grapes, just as the big ol’ Texas sun was waking up. As the sun rises, so also does the conversation among the volunteers. Whether you participate with friends or go solo, you’ll definitely come away with a nice memory and a refreshed spirit. I found it fulfilling to be part of a group working together on a task that has been repeated by people around the world for centuries: bringing in the harvest.

A bucket of beautiful grapes — ready to be turned into wine. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell


If you’re interested in participating in a harvest or a grape stomp (which I have yet to try), here are some of the Hill Country events you can check out this month. You should wear a hat and sunscreen. Some places recommend long sleeves and gloves. Bring your own snipping tool, too. Water and snacks are usually provided.

Grape Harvests & Harvest Festivals

Aug. 4

Flat Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard

Harvest

(Requires RSVP)

24912 East Singleton Bend Road in Marble Falls

(512) 267-6310

Vintner’s Hideaway/Rustic Spur Vineyards

Harvest

1653 Gellermann Lane in Fredericksburg

(512) 988-1910

Aug. 24

Messina Hof

Harvest Festival and Sunset Harvest

9996 U.S. 290 East in Fredericksburg

(830) 990-4653

Aug. 25

Fall Creek Vineyards

Harvest Festival

1820 CR 222 in Tow

(325) 379-5361

Messina Hof

Harvest Festival and Daytime Harvest

9996 U.S. 290 East in Fredericksburg

(830) 990-4653

Grape Stomps & Punches

Aug. 4

Texas Legato

Stomp

2935 FM 1478 in Lampasas

(512) 556-9600(512) 431-1403

Westcave Cellars

Stomp

25711 Hamilton Pool Road in Round Mountain

(512) 431-1403

Aug. 4-5

Barons Creek Vineyards

Stomp

5865 U.S. 290 East in Fredericksburg

(830) 304-3000

William Chris Vineyards

Punch

10352 U.S. 290 East in Hye

(830) 998-7654

Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 18-19

Pedernales Cellars

Stomp

2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall

(830) 644-2037

William Chris Vineyards

Punch

10352 U.S. 290 East in Hye

(830) 998-7654

Aug. 18-19

Texas Hills Vineyard

Stomp

878 RR 2766 in Johnson City

(830) 868-2321

Aug. 25-26

Pedernales Cellars

Stomp

2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall

(830) 644-2037

Texas Hills Vineyard

Stomp

878 RR 2766 in Johnson City

(830) 868-2321

Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 1-2

Becker Vineyards

Stomp

464 Becker Farms Road in Stonewall

(830) 644-2681

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