When the grapes are at their peak, they must be harvested immediately, so Thursday Juan Acevedo contacted his family members and friends at Ernests Stomp in Harleton to bring in the harvest.
Acevedo has been the vineyard caretaker for most of the past 10 years.
By late afternoon, the grapes were picked, the trimmings picked up, and the day’s work finished.
The vines were planted in 2000. During the first three years, the vines are too immature to use for wine. Now the Cherokee Rose Family Vineyard is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Mary Jane Hamm, Amy and Galen Logan, and Steve and Linda Kay Dean planted the grapes along South Montgomery on a site prepared for them by Elliott and Bill Dean.
Lenoir, which makes a Spanish red wine, and Cyntiana grapes also grow at Cherokee Rose and will mature shortly.
Ernests Stomp is a winery near Harleton (www.ernestsstomp.com) and the wines from the Cherokee Rose Family Vineyard are available there. Blanc du Bois is a white wine grape which has been used successfully at Los Pinos Winery in Camp County and other Texas wineries.