Turning Cemeteries Into Wine

I think I want to be buried at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California. Spending eternity in a vineyard sounds like a great idea.

For an additional $1,000, a family can have a loved one buried near the chardonnay vines glistening in the sun, or if they prefer, near the pinot noir vines at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The vines were planted 10 years ago as a less expensive and more water-frugal alternative to grass.

The grapevines serve another purpose. “The cemetery doesn’t seem like such a sad and fearsome place when you go there and see the vines,” Bishop Barber said.

You can read the full story in an article by Carol Pogash in the New York Times at http://goo.gl/oK5OFx. You can also check out the cemetery’s website at http://www.bishopsvineyard.org.

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Thanks for bringing this to my attention. My late mother loved everything to do with vineyards and orchards, and I think she would have approved of this. From the article: “You just drive by cemeteries like they’re a museum,” said Robert Seelig, the chief executive of Catholic Management Services, which oversees the diocese cemeteries. Mr. Seelig apparently isn’t much interested in genealogy!

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This doesn’t surprise me. The whole state of California is turning into one big vineyard.

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You don’t want to purposely be buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward… Bad area. I spend most of my spare time at all the cemeteries in the San Francisco Bay Area and there are several cemeteries that have wineries on their premises, the first of which I saw over 10 years ago at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in San Pablo, California, where I have my grandparents, great grandparents, great aunt, great uncle, and many friends buried. I know I have seen some cemetery wineries in Colma, and also in cemeteries in several other towns around here. It still strikes me as INCREDIBLY odd… I would never want to drink a bottle of wine that was made on cemetery grounds. I can never be 100% sure myself that nothing seeped in the ground water or soil… I have talked to many other people visiting cemeteries and they all kind of say the same thing. But, to each their own.

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