Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you spend an entire day at a vineyard?
My husband volunteered at this lovely vineyard for seven weeks, right before we met, and there he met a man who he say is one of the biggest influences of his life. When we went to Oregon last summer, we had the chance to catch up with him, and even were able to relive my husband’s life as a volunteer. Yes, I “worked” at a vineyard!
The vineyard is in Carlton, and they also have a winery and a tasting room. The vibe there is very relaxing, like being embraced by nature that you would almost feel lost in the middle of it.
We volunteered to help with the “suckering”. I believe suckering is when you remove shoots that are not as wanted, so the nutrients of the plant would go straight, and get concentrated, to the fruits. I remember feeling like a monk as I was suckering – you learn the art of patience and the value of hard work in the midst of peace and quiet.
The harvested fruits are processed at a cellar which also houses the artsy-looking Tasting Room. There’s a gallery of painting right beside this wine table, illuminated by soft light. I do not drink wine (nor alcohol) so I honestly won’t have much to say about it. What I do know, however, is how an enchanting experience it is that we had there.
The interiors are beautifully eclectic, and the exterior is about nature. There’s an organic garden where we picked ingredients for our meal, chickens for fresh eggs; there are a lot of sheep, and super cute kitties too (which we love! meow!). There was laughter and friendship – even old volunteers who knew my husband went that night for dinner – shared so much great food (so delicious!) and really fun conversation. It really is a very lovely vineyard you can call home.
If you want to experience such great company (plus wine), you may check the place out. Carlo & Julian Vineyard and Winery is located at 1000 E. Main Street, Carlton, Oregon 97111. You may also check their website at http://www.carloandjulianwinery.com/.
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