Make Your Own Grape Juice
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.
From Sicily to Tuscany, Italy has a longstanding tradition for great wine: Today Italy ranks as the largest worldwide wine producer, while Italians rank fifth in the world in wine consumption. Wine making in Italy began to flourish as a result of Greek colonization around 800 B.C. Today, Italy accounts for roughly 20 percent of the world’s wine production.
Like Italy, Missouri also has a strong wine tradition. Prior to Prohibition in the 1920s, the Show-Me-State ranked second in the nation in wine production. Today, the Missouri wine industry continues to be a major player nationwide and now features more than 110 wineries and vineyards statewide.
In 2010, these vineyards accounted for more than $175 million in tourism revenue. With more than 14,000 full-time jobs, it is estimated that the Missouri wine industry has an economic impact of $1.6 billion on the state.
Located 20 miles north of MSSU near Oronogo, Keltoi Winery was established in 1998. On the vineyard’s 43-acres, seven types of grapes are grown and used to produce a wide variety of wines. Be sure to stop by the Oval on August 27 to hand-pick your selection of Keltoi’s grapes to produce y our own grape juice with a wine press and assistance from Keltoi’s knowledgeable staff.