Friday, September 16, 2011

And So It Begins…

As with any industry, winemaking is filled with its traditions and annual occurrences. At Raymond Vineyards, one of our favorite traditions revolves around the beginning of harvest. Moments after the first grapes arrived, destined to become the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, the entire winery staff gathered for our annual Blessing of the Grapes. Msgr. Joseph Alzugaray, Jean-Charles Boisset, our proprietor, and our head winemaker, Stephanie Putnam, led the ceremony that included a celebration of the coming harvest and recognition of the hard work to come.

The blessing of the grapes dates back to the Old Testament when farming was considered one of the noblest professions. Of all the fruits grown, grapes held the distinct honor of being blessed in a large ceremony since they were the first fruit to be harvested of the season. The tradition has continued and is one that many winemakers hold dear to their hearts.

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Raymond Vineyards

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