What a wonderful time of the year as weekends are spent enjoying the almost limitless number of travel options and weekdays are focused on upcoming weekends! Seriously summer’s like that as it offers so many choices to please our lifestyle and, of course, our palates.
Now it’s time to think about helping the vintners do harvest. With the excessive temperature shifts, many wineries are experiencing early ripening and the need for extra help is a golden opportunity for everyone. If you’ve been thinking of learning more about wine and the stages from vine to bottle, here’s your chance to walk away with first-hand knowledge.
As with any good news story, call ahead and make certain that the winery still needs help and that you can participate. When the bottles come out, you’ll be extra proud of VA wines as you helped get them into production!
Here are a few volunteer options to whet your whistle, but if you have a favorite winery, contact them to learn their specific needs.
—Wintergreen Winery has Labor Day plans for you and an opportunity to do the wine stomp at its annual Romp, Stomp, and Chomp , Sept. 4-5.
You’ll have a whole new appreciation for Harvest after participating in this busy season at a winery. Another option for participation is to help out at festivals. Many wineries need additional staff “pourers,” especially during the busy fall festival season. Another great way to learn more about wine.
Of course, if you want more than just a single grape experience, there are opportunities at Vint Hill Craft Winery where you can learn to be a winemaker and make your own wine. For those who foresee less than a barrel in their future, the crafty folks can fine-tune the program to your needs.