Our blends of cold climate grape varieties carry the St. Urho label named for the patron saint of the Finish vineyard industry. Legend tells us that as a young man St. Urho drove away the grasshoppers from Finland’s wild grape vineyards using the incantation:
“Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!” (“Grasshopper, grasshopper, go from hence to Heck!”)
Urho is pronounced like “Errrrh-hoe” with a long trill of the R to represent his strength. Finlanders, at least those living in Minnesota, celebrate St. Urho day each spring on the 16th of March. His feast is celebrated by wearing the colors Royal Purple and Nile Green. St. Urho is nearly always represented with grapes and grasshoppers as part of the picture. Plan to join us at the winery on the weekend nearest this hallowed day for a glass or two of our saint’s namesake wines. Also plan to sing some of the many songs written to commemorate his brave work.