Raeburn Winery | We Love ‘Gravs’
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We Love ‘Gravs’

In our neighborhood, the changing of the seasons is marked by harvest, and it’s the Gravenstein Apple that kicks off our local celebrations in late summer. Although the days are still hot, our minds drift to fall. We’re lucky enough to be in such close quarters with ancient apple orchards tucked between vineyards and forests.

In our neighborhood, the changing of the seasons is marked by harvest, and it’s the Gravenstein Apple that kicks off our local celebrations in late summer. Although the days are still hot, our minds drift to fall. We’re lucky enough to be in such close quarters with ancient apple orchards tucked between vineyards and forests.

Markets spill over with this unique little apple, and an entire town is swapping recipes. The Gravenstein apple is special to us for many reasons—the delicate, lush taste, chief among them—but also its close ties to the rich traditions of Sonoma County, and preserving its legacy. Recently named a heritage fruit by Slow Food USA, a growing community is focused on the preservation of this beloved fruit in its natural environment.

The Gravenstein Apple has a long history in our area, dating back to the 1850s. People have gathered from all over Sonoma County for over 40 years to experience the Gravenstein Apple Fair, showcasing the fruit and celebrating the traditions surrounding it. You’ll find everything from wagon rides and stilt walking, to hay mazes and markets. Beyond all that, is the food.

Its crisp, sweet tart flavor and juicy pulp is the essence of an old fashioned apple, perfect for tarts and pies, sauces and punch. Here are some recipes to enjoy this delicious fruit: apple tart, apple sauce and apple cornbread stuffing.

For a farm and orchard guide: Find local orchards.