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Over 200 Volunteers Hand Harvest at Coyote Moon Vineyards
Living in the North Country is synonymous with many things and can bring forth images of the River, long winters, hockey, but most importantly community. In the North Country there is a very real sense of belonging, of purpose, of working toward the greater community good. That community sentiment was on full display during Coyote Moon Vineyards’ 2013 Harvest.

One thing that is so impressive and unique about the Randazzo family owners of Coyote Moon Vineyards is their ability to embrace their neighbors and community. The Randazzos like to make everyone feel a part of something special and unique; they strive to build not only a family legacy, but also a community legacy. This mission is most evident during the annual harvest at Coyote Moon Vineyards. As the largest vineyard in Jefferson County, Coyote Moon Vineyards has its hands full bringing in the yearly harvest. Over the past three years, community members from near and far have arrived in droves answering the howl for aid.

This year nearly 200 volunteers gave their time and effort over a three-day period to help with Coyote Moon’s harvesting efforts. Whether people volunteered for the entire day or just an hour, all were welcome. Each day began with a traditional Coyote Moon howl and welcome accompanied by breakfast sandwiches, donuts, piping hot coffee and instruction. Then armed with knowledge and grape clippers, and coyote moon staff members to lead them, the volunteers took to the vineyards with laughter, smiles and howls.

The volunteers were beyond impressive, conquering row after row. It was amazing to watch. They worked alongside the Coyote Moon staff asking questions, socializing and even singing to the grapes. Some claimed that they were singing because they would be able to taste it in the wine next year. The volunteers reluctantly stopped to lunch under the Coyote Moon tent. The wine was flowing, as was the beer and wine slushies, while volunteers took a well-deserved break to relax, eat, recharge and socialize. The Randazzo family was overwhelmed, humbled and extremely grateful for all of the harvest volunteers. It was especially moving to learn that families came from hours away to help, switched vacation plans and several families even volunteered for all three days.

During the course of the 2013 Harvest, Coyote Moon processed over 140 tons of the Northern Climate Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc, La Crescent and Brianna Grapes. Such a large quantity of grapes helps to ensure the continued creation of Coyote Moon’s award-winning wines over the next year. The volunteers are excited and looking forward to tasting the fruits of their labor in the wines next year.

If you have not yet had a chance to be a part of something special at Coyote Moon Vineyards, be sure to make time and stop by for “Excitement, Romance & Award-Winning WineT” today. Taste why Coyote Moon Vineyards is one of the most award-winning wineries in the United States with over 600 medals and awards in international and national competitions. Coyote Moon offers daily tastings at its vineyard located on East Line Road in Clayton, New York. Coyote Moon also offers tastings at its Wine & Craft Beer Lounge located at 524 Riverside Drive in Clayton, New York.
Post By:   Valerie