Blessing of the Grapes

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July 14 09:00



July 14 09:00 to 14:00




SATURDAY JULY 14th, 2018 9:00AM-2:00PM


In celebration of the beginning of our harvest and crush season, our Blessing Ceremony will take place Saturday July 14th, 2018 at our St. James Vineyard Block in Vina, CA. This event is to bless the harvest and working to ensure a robust growing season. The Blessing Ceremony begins promptly at 10:30am. As a nearly 1400 year old tradition of building communities and partnerships with the support of local businesses, in addition to wine tasting and winery tours, guests will enjoy olive oil, local fruits and vegetables, monastic goods, and a variety of mobile catering. This event is complimentary to attend for both wine club members and the public.

Event Information:

Parking: Grounds open for parking at 9:00am. Parking is available to the right of the Abbey's main gate and near the Church; follow parking attendants as you drive onto the ground. Handicapped parking and shuttling to the event area is available.

Vendors: Open from 9:00am to 2:00pm guests are invited to enjoy local fruits and vegetables, coffee, Trappist made products and olive oils to be sampled and purchased.

Local Farms/Artisan: Julia's Fruit Stand Los Molinos CA, Sohnrey Family Foods Oroville CA, Tender Loving Coffee Durham CA, Lucero Olive Oil Corning CA

Trappist Made Products: Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcake, Abbey of Gethsemani KY, Dried Mushrooms, Mepkin Abbey SC, Fruit and Nut Bars, Abbey of Genesee NY

Blessing Ceremony: The Blessing Ceremony begins promptly at 10:30am at our St. James Vineyard Block

Wine Tasting: Wine tasting booths will be open from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Please check in at any point of sale booth to get your glass and wristband before tasting. Wine tasting will only be available to guests with a wristband and glass. Tasting glass $5.

Winery & Vineayrd Tours Winery tours will be available in our wine cellar from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Purchases: Wine and merchandise is available to purchase in our tasting room as well as any sales booth. August Wine Club is available to our members on this day as well. Sales booths will be open to purchases 9:00am to 2:00pm. Tasting room open for purchases until 5:00pm

Mobile Catering: Guests are invited to purchase lunch to enjoy with wine tasting. Mobile Caterers are open from 11:00am to 2:00pm. New Clairvaux Vineyard will also be sampling and selling Barbera Grape Sorbet. Perfect for kids!

Mobile Caterers joining us for the afternoon include Chicobis, The Black Kettle. Truckaroni, Tangos Taco and the Lamb and Wolf *paired with wine by the glass.

Directions: For directions to the winery and tasting room, click here.

Most vendors accept cash and credit cards for sales. Please note the Monastery and tasting room do not have ATM machines on site. Please plan accordingly. 

Please check back as the event draws closer for more information.