Harvesting the Melody Grape at Holy-Field Winery in Kansas

I recently participated in the fall harvest at Holy-Field Winery in Basehor, Kansas.  I have written about this winery several times, it's truly one of my favorites, and not just because of the wine.   The owners are great people and always make a visit fun and relaxing.  This year, as opposed to last year when we picked red grapes, we picked the grape called Melody, one of the whites.  They are a beautiful green to yellow grape that tasted sweet off the vine.  

The Melody grape was released commercially in 1985, after the department of horticultural science at the State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., developed the grape. Melody is a cross of a couple of varieties.  The Seyval blanc, a French-American hybrid with vinifera genes, and a species called Geneva white 5 comprise the Melody grape. 

The 14-acre vineyard is owned and tended to by the father-daughter team, Les and Michelle Meyer.  Their goal is to grow the best grapes they can and provide wines locals will love.    My favorites are the Chambuorcin and Corky's Barrel, both reds that are on the drier side. 

Holy-Field Winery & Vineyard has won multiple awards over the years as a Kansas winery. Just check out (when you visit) the wall behind the tasting bar. There seem to be hundreds of medals hanging up there!

The first vines at Holy-Field were planted in 1986, where experimented with several varieties.  Then, in 1994, they opened up the winery.   They offer Native American and French Hybrid grapes, which are hand-harvested by people like you and me,  and then they are pressed immediately.  

We picked a lot! The melody grape was plentiful on the vine.  And the vineyard is a beautiful place to snap a few pictures with friends! The best part comes after the harvest.  We were served a buffet lunch that was incredibly good, and we got to sip on Sangria made by Michelle just for us! 

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