16 responses to Can Amish work in vineyards?
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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 4th, 2013 at 07:42)

    I wonder if the Amish that keep their own wine and use it for medicinal purposes. There are medical reports out that certain wine can ease heart diease and what all. My Mom was not Amish, but came from the hills of Kentucky. She believed that certain problems could be eased with a shot of wine-but he had to be certain wine.

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    Wills Kitchen
    Comment on When its a sin (January 4th, 2013 at 07:47)

    When its a sin

    The fact is this: They must see the “Act of drinking” as acceptable while the “State of drunkenness” is not acceptable. Certainly different communes may regulate this issue differently but various beliefs on “Christian Liberty” may be present.

    I personally am a “Tee Totaller”. Why? Because as harmless as a single drink is, I can never stop at just one. So I stopped all together so as to be sober in the event of Christ’s return to collect my soul. The Bible does make mention of certain individuals acceptance of alcohol being okay. I don’t know the book or chapter but I know it is there.

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Vineyards (January 4th, 2013 at 07:57)


    Old Order people used to be heavily involved in growing tobacco but as tobacco use became less acceptable, many quit growing. Grapes are different in that they have purposes other than just wine making. Some Old Order people have had vinyards in the Finger Lakes region in New York. We grow our own grapes and enjoy our own grape juice most mornings. It would probably beup to individual communities and even individuals how strongly they felt about being involved in producing alcoholic beverages. For some, the fact that Jesus used parables about working in a vinyard would make the practice more acceptable.

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      Wills Kitchen
      Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 4th, 2013 at 08:00)

      That is an excellent point. I haven’t found anything in the Bible that specifically bans drinking but being drunk is forbidden.

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    Comment on Tobacco and Smoking (January 4th, 2013 at 08:49)

    Tobacco and Smoking

    I’ve read stories of Amish tobacco farms in southern Maryland (don’t know if they’re still in business) and seen young Amish men smoking in Danville, OH (Knox County, adjacent to Holmes and Wayne.) Our Knox County cabin was Amish-built. We often found empty beer cans at the building site. The Amish are surrounded by English who drink, smoke and chew constantly.

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      Comment on Amish tobacco use and cultivation (January 6th, 2013 at 07:37)

      Amish tobacco use and cultivation

      Forsythia, interesting, and as far as I know you are right they do still grow tobacco in southern Maryland. Those are Lancaster-origin Amish, and of course many grow tobacco in Lancaster County as well. One of the places I stay when I visit Lancaster is at a traditional tobacco/dairy farm. They raise the crop but no one in the family actually uses it.

      There is also Cecil County in Maryland. This article from 2004 discusses how the Amish there are also growing tobacco. I’m not sure of the current state of things with this settlement; when I visited this community a couple of years ago I couldn’t find many Amish there, just a few homes, though my radar may have missed them 🙂


      The issue is controversial among Amish; most do not grow the crop, but there is a strong tradition among Lancaster County people. My home state, North Carolina, is a tobacco leader, but the only Amish community in NC I’m sure would not participate in the industry, being a New Order community. The same goes for the 3rd Maryland Amish community at Oakland, also New Order. If you’re interested Brad Igou at Amish Country News has a good piece which touches on Amish thought on the tobacco topic.


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    Comment on OK in my opinion (January 4th, 2013 at 09:50)

    OK in my opinion

    With many Amish now working away from the home and the cost of land in Pa. being so high I feel this is an acceptable job for them in my opinion. As stated before the grapes could be used for other purposes in this case we know they are not. I do not agree with the winery in Oh. using the Amish as a selling point and I’m glad they did change the sign. The Amish are working Gods land they are not promoiting drinking or getting drunk in any form. I do feel bad thaough how so many people take advanytage of the Amish that are not associated with the Amish to sell their products and make money. But as I have read many times if it says Amish made most likely it is not made by the Amish.

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    Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 4th, 2013 at 12:12)

    I was also surprised that the Amish men were not speedy enough for the vineyard owner. But when I read the article and saw they only got paid $10 an hour it made sense. That may seem like good wages to migrants but Amish men supporting a family won’t get far in Lancaster county with a paycheck like that. My guess is the Amish men aren’t fool enough to work crazy fast for a puny paycheck. It is temporary work with little room for improvement in wages.

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Amish wine (January 4th, 2013 at 13:23)

    Amish wine

    I asked Mark about this. He said that he knows that most Amish families have their own grape arbors. They use the grapes to make grape juice which is canned. Also to make grape jam, jellies, etc. Homemade wine is made in Mark’s district by the deacon’s wife to be used at the twice yearly communion. The Amish do use wine and not grape juice for communion. As to working in a vineyard Mark said that he doesn’t know of any Amish that do. But where we live in Ohio is not a grape growing area. Grapes are a crop. Not much difference picking grapes as there is to picking apples which might then be turned into hard cider. Not to mention growing various grains which can then be used to make beer and whiskey.

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      Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 6th, 2013 at 07:20)

      This is interesting Don. I know Mark’s church is New Order, I had understood that some New Order churches actually do use grape juice instead of wine.

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    Comment on Windgate Winery Smicksburg PA (January 4th, 2013 at 21:14)

    Windgate Winery Smicksburg PA

    The Windgate Winery near Smicksburg PA once used Amish workers – not sure if they still do or not. One of their wines was called Amish Blush.

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      Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 6th, 2013 at 07:18)

      Interesting, Ed, thanks for sharing. By the way some Amish may blush at the thought of working at a winery. Ha-ha.

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        Comment on Amish Blush Wine (January 15th, 2013 at 19:55)

        Amish Blush Wine

        Below is a description of the Amish Blush Wine sold in Smicksburg, PA. The label for the Amish Blush wine has a farm scene with an Amish buggy in the background. Eye of the Shadow Wine pays homage to Punxsy Phil, groundhog celebrity.

        Rose Wines

        Windgate offers two rose wines, each uniquely different.

        EYE OF THE SHADOW: A sprightly, fruity, semi-sweet rose. It’s name and label pay homage to Punxsutawney Phil, our local celebrity groundhog.

        AMISH BLUSH: A palatable blend of French hybrids in the versatile blush finish results in a light-bodied, clean and aromatic sweet wine to accompany any meal.

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          Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 16th, 2013 at 08:23)

          I wonder what the general Smicksburg Amish alcohol practice is. Some communities are more open towards alcohol consumption (sometimes even the hard stuff).

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    Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (January 7th, 2013 at 09:34)

    Just FYI, I spoke with one of our (Conservative Mennonite)Bishops yesterday and posed the question to him. He opined that even though it had not come up as a question in our conference, that it would probably be frowned upon due to most of the product being used to make wine. Some families do grow grapes for fresh eating, jelly, or grape juice, and have done so for years.

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    Paul A.B.
    Comment on Can Amish work in vineyards? (June 11th, 2013 at 19:40)

    I think that quality wine, made with care – from vine to glass – can be said to give praise to God and creation. Moderate appreciation of an agricultural (and cultural) product that is very much part of the Biblical narrative, seems entirely reasonable. I think that Prohibition really skewed the narrative in our culture. There are entirely understandable reasons for approaching alcohol with care and responsibility…but it needn’t be a black-and-white issue. Personally, I would happily patronize an Amish brewery or winery if such existed in my area.

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