Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Missouri's First Organic Grapes

Gascony Vineyards Certified Organic Chambourcin grapes
Gascony Vineyards Certified Organic Chambourcin grapes

"Gascony Vineyards in Gasconade County, Missouri, has brought to life the vision of owners, Tim Ley and Trish Hohn. According to Gascony's Facebook page, Ley and Hohn are working to "bring organic wine grapes to the State of Missouri. Using various techniques including new cultivars, organic pest and weed control, and research into pre-industrial, historic methods of viticulture, they are bringing back a way of life - naturally."

In 2008, Wenwood Farm Winery partnered with Gascony Vineyards. Laura Neese, owner of Wenwood, recently updated her blog: "There was a small harvest of Chambourcin grapes in '08, and we made the first wine from the vineyard, Simply Chambourcin. The certification finally came through in 2011, and this past Saturday, history was made in Missouri - the first Certified Organic Grapes were harvested.

This is an exciting time for Missouri wines!"

(From the Missouri Wine News)

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