The grapes of rad
By The Power Of Greystone
Since age 16, freestyle motocross pro Jimmy Fitzpatrick has lived on 50 acres of prime wine country in Temecula, Calif. While he spent most of his youth inside Fitzland, the FMX training compound his dad was generous enough to let the teenager build on the property, Fitzpatrick's now becoming more involved in the wine-making side of the family business: Greystone Vineyards. Take a look at the other, lesser-seen side of the Fitzpatrick estate.
Fitzpatrick holds bunches of Greystone Vineyards wine grapes. It takes five years of grape growing before a winery sees its first full yield.
Row upon row of wine grapes, cloned from a French vine, stretch across Greystone Vineyards' 50 acres -- a plot much larger than those employed by other wineries in the area.
Greystone Vineyards can accommodate nearly 500 guests for just one wedding. The front yard, shown here, is one of many spots where a happy couple can take their vows: The Fitzpatrick family has plans for major expansion of their event facilities.
Inside the testing laboratory at Greystone Vineyards, Fitzpatrick draws a sample from one of many wine barrels awaiting the mixing process. In his hand, a fresh glass of merlot.
A fresh stock of wine bottles stacked up and ready for the bottling and labeling process, left, eventually turns into cases of the family's unique offerings, right.
Here Comes The Bride
Brides lucky enough to get married at Greystone Vineyards stroll through the rose garden and up this stone walkway to the front yard, their groom -- and their future.
The tasting area, where guests can sample Greystone Vineyards' wines. "My favorite are the many Tuscany-styled patios," says Fitzpatrick. "All you need is a glass of wine and you feel like you're in Italy!"