In late March of this year about 2200 ancient vines were transplanted from the DuPont property along Brideghead Road to the property often referred to as the “Legless Lizard Parcels” located between the BNSF rail line and Walnut Meadows Drive. The Alicante Bouschet varietal vines, planted in Oakley over 100 years ago, were removed from the DuPont property to make way for the power plant currently under construction. Using a backhoe the vines were uprooted and then replanted in holes dug by hand on the 5.7 acres of land the City leased to Mulehead Growers, Inc.
Much to my surprise the transplanted vines produced a crop this year. On Tuesday they were harvested and roughly 4,000 lbs were picked. Next year’s yield should be substantially greater.