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Snip, snip, hooray! It’s grape harvest time

Volunteer to help harvest the 2020 crop of grapes at Flat Creek Estate Winery in Marble Falls on July 10-12. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Grab those snippers and bring in vintage 2020 at Flat Creek Estate Winery as it kicks off harvest season July 10-12. The Marble Falls winery invites volunteers to pick grapes from 6:15-10 a.m. each day Friday-Sunday. No experience? No problem! Staff will instruct volunteers on the proper procedure.

Grape harvests are an opportunity to spend time outdoors and learn a bit about the wine industry. Soak up some vitamin D, chat with friends, and take part in a tradition that is thousands of years old. You can also enjoy complimentary breakfast tacos.

As harvests typically start before the sun rises, the temperature is generally pleasant but does warm up quickly. Dress for spending a few hours in the sun. Hats, sunglasses, closed-toe shoes, gardening gloves, and breathable clothing are recommended as well as sunscreen and insect repellant. Snipping tools are provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own if preferred. Flat Creek Estate requests that volunteers RSVP so staff know you’re coming.

Volunteers will make their way through rows of vines cutting clusters of ripe grapes as they go. Once a bucket is filled, the grapes are dumped into a large collecting bin, and the process is repeated until the harvest is complete. The amount of time it takes to bring in a harvest depends on the number of volunteers, the number of rows being harvested, and the number of breaks taken.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers must wear a face covering. Upon arrival, volunteers will have their temperatures taken and be asked to sign a waiver. Hand sanitizer will be provided during the harvest. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home — there will be more harvests to come.

Flat Creek Estate Winery is located at 24912 E. Singleton Bend Road in Marble Falls. For more information, call 512-267-6310.

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