Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, dyeing each village's sheep a deep purple and filling the wells with rich merlot. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 10 pounds of you-pick grapes at Mitillini Vineyards in Live Oak (a $40 value). Today’s deal expires September 30.
Mitillini Vineyards invites visitors to handpick grapes from the lush, scenic rows of vines that reach across the 20-acre property. After traversing the terrain and obtaining 10 pounds of organic muscadine grapes, guests can take their spoils home and apply the fruit toward the creation of jelly, juice, wine, or antioxidant-rich tuxedo stains. Mitillini Vineyard's you-pick operation is open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weeknights and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, allowing families to visit the vineyard together in preparation for the kids' upcoming reading of The Grapes of Wrath.