Commute to Work

      As I drove up Shetland Drive to work at the vineyard this morning I was greeted by my Dad and Mom’s field of sunflowers that they planted for the bees.

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       Pulling into the lane I also took a moment to enjoy the beauty of the well manicured and bird net secured vines the Elliot and Lee have been working so hard to keep ahead of in this very tropical environment.  Thanks guys for all your hard work.  We will enjoy thefruits oh your labor in the upcoming months as we harvest and make the wine.  

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Veraison at the Vineyards

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     Its that time of the season!  This is the time when the grapes start to turn color.  The color is the indicator for a more important change which is taking place inside the grapes.  The sugar levels begin to rise as the grape’s seeds mature.  The point of this transformation is so the grapes become more favorable to the grapes who will spread the seeds for the next generation.  That means the work will begin for us as we try to keep the birds away so we can get the grapes instead.  The battle will begin next week with the installation of our bird nets, hawk decoys and bird distress caller.  Let the battle begin!

Love Our Wine, Enjoy Our Family

     It has been a wonderful Spring and Summer at the vineyard so far this year.  If you have not had a chance to stop by, there is no time like the present.  This week I caught up with one of our tasting room staff and taped this short video of her favorite wine.  Ellen has been helping us out for several years and you have probably met her if you are a regular customer.  Just like so many of our friends and family, she has a particular wine and memories that she associates with her enjoyment of that particular wine.   

    We are gearing up for the fall harvest and invite you to follow us on facebook and take part in one of our harvest parties.  Just like Ellen, you may associate your picking, tasting the juice and drinking the wine experience into a favorite memory!  We hope everyone can experience and appreciate the love, care and hard work that go into growing, picking and producing each of our favorite wines.

      

A Hive of Activity at Cassel Vineyards

This week we had a sweet time at the vineyard.  We harvested and bottled about 150 pounds of honey straight from Dad, Mom  and Chris’ Vineyard hives.  All year long these bees work to pollinate the flowers and fruit in amile or two radius of our 7 hives.  Dad plants pollinator fields of buckwheat. Clover and sunflowers to help fill the hives with the honey we sell in the tasting room and use to craft our Peach and honey wine.  

  The honey began flying out the door on Saturday before the crew were finished with the bottling.  Come by and get some of your own sweet reward. This Spring honey is mostly a golden, clover honey and it tastes delicious.  It is all natural, and has all our local pollens to help your immune system to reduce your allergic reaction.  This is the natural antidote to congestion, allergies and sneezing. Get it while you can.

 

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Taste of Hummelstown

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For the 6th year in a row, Cassel Vineyards made an appearance at the Taste of Hummelstown.  We always have a nice time meeting our friends and neighbors from the boro.  Thanks to Nadine, Elliot and Dave for organizing and executing our stay at the table on the square.  Hopefully everyone enjoyed their taste of sangria.  Hopefully more of our neighbors in town will drop by on Fri. or Sat. for our concerts amd a bottle of wine or cider.  It was a pleasure as usual.

 

Chopper Ride Over Farm and Vineyard

Check it out to see a birds-eye-view of Cassel Brookside Farms, Cassel Vineyards, Hershey and Milton Hershey.  Chris and Jody got a helecopter ride as part of a wedding reception gov that was held at the winery.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the view was incredible from the sky as they circled a roughly 5 mile radius.  Check it out.  Maybe next time they will invite us. 

Vineyard at its Finest

      We are looking forward to some great music and food this weekend 6:00-8:30PM.  Fri. begins with Soulhouse playing some great dance cover songs accompanied by food provided by Grappling Crab and Roxy’s Chatterbox Cafe.  Sat. Features John Ribera along with Blazing Swine BBQ and Shreddrrz.  

    Stop by this weekend to see our vineyard and stay for some amazing music and food.  A walk in the vines showcases the hard work we put into growing some of the finest grapes in the world.  Our sons Lee, Elliot and Colton have really taken to their jobs as vineyard managers. This year they finished planting our full block of 300 Tremanette vines.  They have worked tirelessly, thinning shoots, training vines and maintaining the ground under the vines.  Things are looking great!

      

Concerts at Cassel Vineyards

Music at Cassel Vineyards has begun every Friday and Saturday night from 6:00-8:30 featuring some of the best local bands and talent and 2 food trucks each night.  What a wild and fun opening to our Summer Music in the Vines series.  I have included 1 picture and 1 video from our opening shows and a third from the Dauphin County Music and Wine Festival where we were in attendance selling wine to the concert attendees.  The days have been warm and sunny and our guests have been enjoying themselves as they lounge, listen and sip.  If you have not visited us, there is still time to bring your chair and enjoy a show.  We have some great music and two food trucks at every Fri. and Sat. show. Check out our schedule and plan on joining us HERE

Music during sound checks at Harrisburg’s Wine and Music Festival at Fort Hunter. 

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The crowd for our Music in the Vines

Sound check by Troubadour Lights at Music in the Vines. 

Full Bloom

Our vines are now half in full bloom (cab franc, chambourcin and chardonnay) and half just beginning to open (vidal blanc, traminette and concord).  The plants now need a few dry days with a bit of a breeze to aid with pollination.  All grapes are wind pollinated.  The worst thing that could happen is another week of rain.  Lets hope for sunshine, warm temperatures and blue skies.  Maybe I’m wishing for that just because we have not seen a lot of the sun lately.  Bring it on so the grapes can pollinate.

 

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