During our trip to Bauang, La Union, Ilocos, home to Gapuz Grape Farm, suddenly, I reminisce my childhood experience about these grape fruits. It's rare and I can count the times I ate grapes over the years of my childhood existence. Hahahah! Mainly, because, in Batanes, we can't easily grow this kind of berry. Moreover, importing fruits such as grapes from Manila is expensive! Price can go high as triple from it's normal or regular cost. Honestly, I can't blame the business people as we reside at the northern-most island of the Philippines resulting to expensive shipping-fees!
Considering these reasons, grapes became a memorable fruit for me particularly on holidays. Mom only buys this sweet-round fruit during this season! Plus it's the holidays! Who doesn't love holidays? 😀 My excitement magnifies when this season approaches. Lol! You may say it is too low, but to be honest, I'm content and happy when I get my piece of GRAPE! 🙂
Visiting Gapuz Grape Farm is one of the small things I am truly happy with! Finally seeing numerous grapes and personally pick one for myself! It's a sort of huge deal for me. Hahahahaha! So here's a quick adventure to this farm which perhaps will also interests you.
Knowing Gapuz Grape Farm:
Located at Brgy Urayong, MacArthur Highway, Bauang, 2501 La Union, Gapuz Grape Farm is owned by Mr. Joe Gapuz. According to their facebook page, their family has been growing, harvesting & nurturing high-quality grapes now for 30 years. The grapes have a California pedigree and locally grown with a pinoy twist of planting method.
Below is a photo with the quality grapes grown in this farm. We weren't able to see the violet variety of the grapes as it was already sold to the numerous tourists who visit ahead of us. Hence, we were left with the green ones which to my surprise are very sweet too!
Grape picking is the main attraction on the farm. A kilo may cost Php 250.00 - 300.00 depending on the season. You'll be given a free taste of this delicious fruit. If you decide to pick, a scissor and basket will be your best friend. Hehehe! Make sure to listen to the person in charge as he or she will teach you the right way to pick. 🙂
There's no entrance fee, however, they charge Php 20.00 for taking photo's.
Best month to visit is between March to May which accordingly is the grape picking season.
They open as early as 7:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM.
Few Notes: 🙂
- Have your own grapes picked and photo's taken from the farm.
- Eat sweet grapes until you are full. 🙂
- Enjoy the spacious farm and clean air.
- The farm is few meters from the beach which you may visit too!
- This activity is great for family and group bonding.
- Kids will definitely enjoy a trip to this farm.
- Collect your own trash and leave only memories. It's a huge help for our mother earth!
Getting To Gapuz Grape Farm From Manila:
- Various bus companies transport to La Union. You may check Farinas, Five Star, Victory Liner, Partas, Florida and Dominion for their schedules.
- Fare usually ranges from Php 400.00-450.00 per way. Travel period is 4-5 hours depending on the traffic. I suggest you travel during the wee hours. (Tip: Do you use student/senior discounts if you are one, it's your privilege :))
- Once aboard the bus en route to Bauang, La Union, inform the driver to drop you at the Caba-Bauang boundery arch.
- From there, it's only a few meters away from the farm. Just ask around, the locals will gladly help. 🙂
- If you plan to visit on a private car, waze can be of big use. Just key in Gapuz Grape Farm and you're good to go!
That's it for another Ilocos side trip. Have fun and happy picking!
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