Monday, July 30, 2007


Long rows of Vignoles

Friday, July 27, 2007


This is a picture of the Norton going through veraison, which is when the berries begin to soften, and the grapes start to turn purple. It will be a while before we harvest these grapes, but this year, we're just happy to have them.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

My Dad is a Farmer At Heart

My Dad is about as old fashioned as they come. Last weekend we made ketchup in a copper kettle (as if that doesn't prove my point enough) we started talking about the recipe for the ketchup and he said, "OK, the first thing we should start with is a peck of tomatoes." I had to stop him right there, and give a little laugh. He would have been perfect growing up in the 1850s, with his German ancestors that made the trek from their homeland to Missouri.
I will have to say that this scarecrow is doing his job, though. I went out to get a berry sample of the Vignoles, and gave this guy another look.
Another fine example of not being organic but using what the good Lord and this farm supplies and try to grow excellent grapes all at the same time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

41st Annual

Jour de Fete
August 11 and 12th
Arts and Craft Show
Food, Drink, Entertainment and Great Things to Buy!
For Info Call: 1-800-373-7007
Come into the winery for some great wine and air conditioning!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Brilliant idea.

Why didn't I think of this? Think anyone would want to rent a row of Missouri Vignoles?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

We borrowed a post hole digger that attaches to the tractor. My husband, John, is a band teacher, and during the summers he helps us here in the vineyard. He is so excited about this post hole digger, because now he doesn't have to dig holes in the ground by hand.

Although we aren't organically certified, we do what we can to help the enviroment and at the same time help our farm. These are the cedar posts we cut from our forests to use as end posts for the trellis.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The blackberries are not quite ready yet.

Monday, July 02, 2007

All This in One Spot?

FĂȘte de Chaumette

Proudly presents their annual
A Celebration of Regional Wines, Cuisine & Goods

Saturday, July 14th 2007
11-8pm at Chaumette Vineyards & Winery

Proudly featuring & promoting Missouri Regional Products
Join us for the day to sample, shop and enjoy what our region has to offer!
Families welcome, kids activities will be held throughout the day, including
turtle racing, kite flying, bobbing for apples and boules!
Chaumette's Grapevine Grill will serve a full BBQ buffet all day,
featuring menu items that include ingredients sold at this event!
free admission; parking $20 per vehicle

Participating Wineries
Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Charleville Vineyard & Winery
Claverach Vineyards
Durso Hills Vineyards & Winery
Meramec Vineyards
Peaceful Bend Vineyard
River Ridge Winery
Sainte Genevieve Winery
Shady Grove Vineyards
St. Francois Vineyards
Tower Rock Winery
Twin Oaks Vineyard
Vance Vineyard & Winery
Villa Antonio Winery
White Rose Winery
Participating Food Producers
Alpine Dairy Goat Farm, Webster Groves
Claverach Farm, Eureka
Family Friendly Farm, Cape Girardeau
Missouri Grass Fed Beef, Jackson
Goat's Beard Farm, Harrisburg
Hinkebein Hills Farms, Cape Girardeau
Living Springs Ranch, Belleview
Missouri Elk Farmers Association
Monroe Farm, Berryman
Pioneer Apple Orchards & Market, Jackson
Prairie Grass Farms, New Florence
Sayersbrook Bison, Potosi
Sunflower Savannah, Beaufort
Windrush Farm, Farmington

Participating Local Retailers:
The Show Me Shop
First Settlement Country Store
Ivy & Twig
Joyce & Choyce's Antiques & Collectibles
Odile's Linen & Lace
The Stained Glass Shop
Sweet Things
Candle Corner
Deb Says Sew
The Racing Edge
Nancy Dee's Antiques & Collectibles
Lulu's Antiques
Only Child Originals
Ste. Genevieve Tourist & Info Center
Stonie's Sausage Shop, Perryville
The Tiger Sanctuary, Bloomsdale
J. Brick Pottery, Jackson MO

Live Entertainment:
11-2pm: Elsie Parker (French classics & originals)
2-5pm: House of Bishops (Blues, R&B, & Oldies)
5-8pm: Dennis Stroughmatt & L'Espril Creole(Louisiana Creole Zydeco, Cajun & Blues)
For directions and more information visit Chaumette