Frontier Culture Museum Exhibit Plants Riesling Grapes

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Staunton's Frontier Culture Museum is ready to grow a sweet taste of the past and present.

Interpreters with the 1700s German farm exhibit started planting Riesling grapes Thursday to enhance the site's interactive experience. The workers say if the plants flourish as planned, visitors can enjoy a sweet wine true to the rich Rheinland Pfalz region.

"It's incredibly exciting to see that and we just can hope that it's going to grow as we expect it to do - not only for us and our own internal purposes, but also for our visitors,” said living history interpreter Gottfried Pikel.

It will likely take four or five years before they can harvest. Interpreters will tend to the budding vineyard until the grapes reach maturity.

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