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GREENVILLE – The first of October brings grape harvesting to Darke County as friends converged on Brumbaugh Vineyard outside of Greenville to pick 3.5 acres of grapes for wine making.
Ralph Brumbaugh, owner of Brumbaugh Vineyard was performing his yearly task of overseeing the two-day grape harvest.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Brumbaugh said. “We have 27 people out here picking grapes plus those picking them up and taking up netting. This year looks to be a very good crop – the biggest one I’ve had.”
The 2021 grape harvest is experiencing good results even with an early season frost.
“I’m hoping to pick 14-15 tons this year,” noted Brumbaugh. “Twelve tons is the most I have ever got before.”
“I planted 3.5 acres but because of frost I’ve lost 15-20 percent,” Brumbaugh added, “but the rest is good – it’s a good year this year.”
The western Ohio grape harvest season is limited to a one-to-two week window.
“We will pick them all in two days,” Brumbaugh said. “I have a Chambourcin which is the red (grape) and is what we are picking the first day. The second day is a Vidal, a white grape.”
The harvested grapes will remain in the area for wine making.
“This year as well as last year they went to Old Mason Winery in West Milton,” Brumbaugh stated. “They are very good to work with.”
“Having this group of people helping makes it fun for everybody,” Brumbaugh concluded.
Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.
Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.
Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-459-9547.