The wine fests have started in our region.  We attended the Weinfest in Rhöndorf a couple weekends ago.  They named the wine queen and princesses, a band played music, people were dancing and of course, sitting around drinking the wine that was made from the grapes in our village.

I also just read the book Eight Hundred Grapes, which I recommend to anyone looking for a fun book to read.  The setting took place on a family’s vineyard in Sonoma, California.  In the book it described a bit about the process of growing grapes and producing wine.  It also mentioned that it takes eight hundred grapes to make a bottle of wine.  You might remember that we planted two grape vines (Romulus, green seedless grape) next to our garden hut. 

Here they were in June.


Now in September.


Quite a difference, right?  One of the vines even produced some grapes.  Unfortunately not eight hundred, so we couldn’t try making a bottle of wine.  I read that it could take up to two years for a grape vine to start producing grapes, so I am going to call ourselves lucky that we got a cluster of grapes.


I noticed in August that the birds were starting to eat the bottom grapes, so I put a paper bag over them to help protect them and let them grow a little bit more.  We had tasted one of them they were still really tart. 

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We checked them again a month later and decided that it was time to cut them down and they were ready to eat!

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They definitely sweetened up and we hope that next year we get more grapes!


3 thoughts on “Grapes

  1. AMAZING! I cannot even describe how impressed I am! Maybe it’s because I’ve only attempted veggies in the garden & don’t know the first thing about growing fruit. I imagine they don’t have that weird layer on the skin like the kind you get at (American) grocery stores!

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