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for taking a look at my website, the home of excellent winegrapes.
getting a lot of new people this year that have never purchased grapes from
me through this website. So, here's how it works.
I represent about 20 vineyards. When grapes are ripe and ready
to pick I send out an email identifing the grapes that are ready to pick including the price per
pound, or price per ton.
my clients are small wineries who buy grapes by the ton.
my clients are home wine makers who want a few hundred pounds of grapes.
send out an email referencing "Small Wineries" and
"tons of grapes" that email is NOT for home
winemakeres. It is for Small Wineries who want tons of grapes.
announce a "pick" for home winemakers, that is for you folks that want to buy
grapes by the pound, and want to pick them yourself.
only sell grapes in the east bay, eastern Contra Costa County. Not in Napa, Sonoma,
Livermore, Lodi or other grape growing
I tell you the "pick" date, time and place to meet. You show up for
the "pick" (on time at the correct date and place) and I take you to the
meet in one of two places. Either in Oakley or Brentwood.
See the "Directions" page for detailed info on these
pick the grapes you want, pay (in cash) for the grapes and go make your wine.
("You Pick" means you pick the grapes off the vine.
The grapes are not harvested for you.)
A crusher/destemmer will be available for your use for a small
I do not allow folks to show up at vineyards and pick grapes unattended. I am responsible to
the vineyard owner for the folks I bring to pick grapes.
be on time. You ARE NOT welcome to
show up late at the vineyard just because you know where we will be picking that day.
As many as 50 or more people may show up for the same pick. So, please, be on time and be
See the "More Info" page for more information about how to pick and
purchase small amounts of winegrapes ("small amounts" means under a ton).
Attention White Wine grape
buyers. If you set it up in advance with me, I will make sure that both my crusher/destemmer
and bladder press are available for your use (for a small fee) when you pick white wine grapes at a
"pick" in 2017.
Speidel Bladder Press
Grapes Available Week-days By
want 500 lbs or more of at least one varietal and make a firm
appointment with me, you can pick during the week!
and let me know if you need the crusher/destemmer.
send me an email and tell me what you want and how much and what date and I'll set it
get back to you with a price per pound, time and location.
it's more convenient for you to pick during the week, let me know and I will accomidate you as I
can at the time.
New For 2017
I have a second vehicle for 2017. In past years I have only
used my Silver Pontiac Vibe. This year, 2017, I also have a White Ford Econoline
Van. I may show up for the "pick" driving either vehicle.
Silver Pontiac Vibe and Gentleman Jake
White Ford Econoline Van and Gentleman Jake
Jake Loves His Daddy
Get ready for the 2018 season
We had a great time in 2011 and got some GREAT
GRAPES! Now we do know if the great Oakley Old Vine grapes will be available in
2012 and the news is not good for home
Due to the economy many wineries have been cutting
back on their production the last couple years and reducing inventory. They can only do that
so long and stay in business.
In (2012) they were contracting for grapes, which means
fewer vineyards available for home winemakers and small production wineries.
Prices are up, availability (for us)
is down. That's good for the farmers, not so good for us.
Exactly how much access we will have to the "Old
Vine" grapes (and all grapes, for that matter in 2012) will only be known when harvest starts, but it will
be a lot more limited than in the past two years.
Year 2013 Much the same as 2012. Little availability for the home wine maker
and higher prices.
For Year 2014 it looks a lot better for winegrape
availability for home wine makers and small wineries. We look to have grapes available from
Oakley, Brentwood, Knightsen and from Martinez.
2015 was good for winegrape access.
Year 2016 was a great year for winegrape access.
2017 was an excellent year for winegrapes.
Watch your email and this website for details as the harvest for 2018 approaches.
winegrapes are available? What verital, quantity and price per pound of winegrapes
will be available? See the "Winegrape Availability"
page and watch for email updates.
FYI: Many of the winegrapes from Oakley and
Brentwood are purchased by wineries from Napa, Sonoma and SLO to produce world class boutique
Harvest (2018) will be here before you know it. This site is where
you stay on top of what's available. I represent about 20 vineyards that grow a number of different
varietals of winegrapes.
We represent several "old vine" vineyards that were
planted before the year 1900. These are some of the best grapes in California, which make
them the best grapes in the USA.
These grapes are, for the most part, "you-pick"
grapes. No machine harvesting (the bad with the good). You will be taken directly to the
vineyard and you pick just the grapes you
amount of grapes. No pre-commitment to purchase.
See the grapes you want on the vine before you buy.
Unlike "single source" vineyards where your only choice is their grapes, you will have
several vineyards to choose from for each
Starting in 2017 we had available limited amounts of "picked" grapes
(previously harvested grapes) for sale. Also, we had a small amount of prefessionally sourced
"must" for sale by the gallon.
Should "picked grapes" and/or "must" become available
in 2018, you will be notified via our email list
which you can sign up for at the top of this page.
If you didn't get in on the harvest in 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 you missed
out Big Time! So have your wine making friends sign up and watch for eblast's from me for
the 2018 winegrape season.
Thanks to all of you
that came out and picked grapes in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015, 2016 and
2017. And, we'll do it again in 2018!
If you were on my email list last year and get an
email from me, no need to sign up again.
If you are new to this website and want great grapes
for your home made wine (or small winery) sign up for my emails and watch for grape varietal
availability, pick dates, prices.
You got questions, send me an email at
Gentleman Jake & the Bandit,