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We are the largest vineyard in Michigan that is 100% U-Pick and specializes in grapes for Home Winemakers. There are more than 20 varieties of exciting new grapes for you to make wine from.

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  • Grape Recipes for the Table
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    This is our collection of recipies that have been contributed to us by our farm friends over the years
     
    If you have a special family recipe please send it to us and we will post it here.
     

    Note - These recipes have not been "tested" by us and if something does not work -- you will have to experiment and correct for it on your own.

     


     

     
     
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    Find out more about Grapes, Winemaking, Beermaking & Mead at Honeyflow Farm. Please take a look at the articles below.
     
     
     

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We are located in Dryden, Michigan (southern end of Lapeer County & 1/2 hour north of Rochester). The U-Pick Vineyard is open only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Labor Day until mid October - The On-Line Candle Shop is open ALL THE TIME!

 

 
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What do grape blossoms smell like?

Walking through the vineyard when it is in full bloom is a unique experience. The scent is slightly more subtle than other fruits. Each flower blossom will develop into a separate berry...
How do you propagate grape vines?

Grape vines are propagated by taking dormant shoots pruned off during the spring. These 3 to 4 bud long cuttings are planted in garden soil and grown one year. The next year they are ready to plant in your vineyard. They will be the same variety as the vine that they were taken from.

What time of the year should I prune my vines?

Grape vines may be pruned any time that the leaves are off and they are dormant. Many vineyards with huge acres of vines to prune may work all winter, but we prefer to prune in the spring. In the spring, any winter damage that has occurred will be visible and pruning adjustments will be made.

Do Michigan vines need to be grafted?

Most vinifera vines that are grown (such as Cabernet, Reisling, etc) need to be grafted on to a strong rootstock because they are not tolerant of the Phloxera louse, a pest that will kill the vines. Most all vines in California and any vinifera vine grown in Michigan are grafted for this reason.

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Do grapes need a frost to ripen?

Absolutely not. There are early and late season varieties, an early season grape left on the vine until frost will be mushy and overripe.
 
Once a frost hits the vine and all the leaves are burned off, any further photosynthesis or ripening will cease...

How is our vineyard different than others?

I do not know any other vineyard that has more than 20 varieties of grapes and sells 100% U-PICK!

Since we are not a winery we do not keep the premium grapes for ourselves and sell what is left to local customers.

YOU are our only customers!

What is your favorite grape?

We get this asked of us all the time. Which grape makes the best wine, best jelly, best juice, etc. This is very difficult to answer & also varies from season to season. Many of our customers have very different tastes than we do.
My personal favorites as of April, 2007:

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Do you recommend oak barrels for winemaking?
Oak barrels can be very useful in winemaking, but they can be problematic and I prefer glass carboys.

Oak barrels are excellent for large amounts of wine such as 55 gallons. The ration of air to wine is just right. When you use smaller barrels...
 
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