If you want to channel the young and beautiful Aitana Sanchez-Gijon in “A Walk in the Clouds” but Napa Valley is still far-fetched, you may try the vineyards of La Union. First stop in our itinerary for this family trip was Calica Grapes Farm in La Union.
Gapuz Grapes Farm is more searchable on the web. Travel Trip: Like the Facebook Page of your destination and Follow them (See First) for a time until your trip is done. I did this for this trip that’s why it didn’t escape my newsfeed that Gapuz Grapes Farm would be closed starting two days by the time we were supposed to visit!
Good thing there are other adjacent grapes farm so we headed on to Calica Grapes Farm also in Urayong, Bauang, La Union. Some meters more and it’s Gapuz Farms already. Just use Waze and you will not be lost. You would actually be directed on the highway instead of the farms but there are signage and beside them are boys riding habal-habal or motorbikes. They are waiting for tourists and will escort you to narrower streets leading to the grapes farm. The road leading to the farm can only accommodate one vehicle at a time in some parts. Our escort was so efficient in guiding us through the traffic up to the time we again headed on to the highway.
The staff at Calica Grapes farm were so accommodating. It was so kind of them to offer and set up a whole set of tables and chairs so we can eat our packed breakfast comfortably. They waited for us to finish, collected no entrance fee (it’s free!), and gave us lots of free tastes on the products that they do offer.
We enjoyed seeing grapes hanging on vines, regardless if there were just maybe 6 of them. November isn’t the season for grapes. It’s actually a time for the soil to “rest” so it can be suitable for another round of planting. To compensate for this “down time” in the agritourism business, they sell rooted grape seedlings instead.
So what we saw were grapes purposely left by the entrance, obviously for photo ops. Suffice to say, there can be no grape-picking activity but you can still buy grapes at Php350 per kilo. These grapes aren’t harvests from the farm, though. They are resold here from Pangasinan. We still bought from them because why not? Grapes had been a very handy snack and pick me upper for me as a driver on this trip.
They also sell big guavas, honey, and souvenir ref magnets and key chains.
They sell wine with 5% alcohol. My family tasted the wine – I refused because I don’t drink ever – and I saw from their expression that they didn’t like it that much. The first grapes farm in La Union has started in 1972. Calica is a newer one, operating for just roughly 7 years now. Wine goes better with time, the most expensive ones dating more than 100 years, so don’t expect much from the wine sold here, at least not for the time being.
Our visit to Calica Grapes Farm was a different kind of adventure. I have no regrets we visited the place even if the grapes weren’t in full bloom. Our take away grapes were even served during our dinner at Cuisina restaurant in La Union. So much for Christmas feels.