nce and other wine-producing countries, the old plan of treading out the grapes is still employed.
This is performed by men who dance to the sound of music, and is preferred on account of there being no liability to crush the seeds and stalks of the bunches, which would impair the delicacy of the flavor.
Grape culture, for wine-making purposes, was, in this country, long almost exclusively confined to the banks of the Ohio, but is now practiced in localities, such as the shores of the Great Lakes, where it was formerly thought impracticable.
Increased care and skill have developed varieties which may be relied on almost as a sure crop in many parts of the great central belt of the United States. California, however, appears destined to be the great wine-producing region of the future; the absence of frosts, and of excessive moisture at any time, giving it advantages not possessed elsewhere.
The gathering of the grapes in the Buena Vista Vineyard, California, is done in October