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This profile was last updated on 5/1/13  and contains information from public web pages.

President

the Highlands County Grape Growers Association
 
Background

Employment History

  • Co-Owner
    Grapes

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Kathy Giller and her husband, ...
www.highlandstoday.com, 1 May 2013 [cached]
Kathy Giller and her husband, Roger Giller, didnt plan on becoming grape farmers and winemakers.
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Kathy Giller and her husband, Roger Giller, didnt plan on becoming grape farmers and winemakers.
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Kathy Giller and her husband, Roger Giller, didnt plan on becoming grape farmers and winemakers.
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Its a hobby that went wild, smiled Kathy, co-owner of the Grapes of Kath vineyard, just off of SR 66.
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We put a few rows out there and it just grew, said Kathy.
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We had a foot stomped bunch of grapes that won a gold medal from the Highlands County Grape Growers Association, said Kathy, who has several bottles of award-winning hobbyist wines on display in the Pour House.
But youll have to wait until at least August to harvest any of the Gillers grapes. This year, their frozen stock ran out for the first time ever, said Kathy.
Thats because the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food Safety conducted a test of the grapes and found no pesticide residue on any of the fruit.
We have 100 percent chemical-free grapes, Kathy stated. The Gillers dont use pesticide, they fertilize with organic fertilizer, and they only use herbicide to keep weeds down.
When aphids appear, they are washed off with soap and water.
The Gillards grow 13 varieties of native Florida muscadine grapes as well as bunch grapes like the Conquistador, Lake Emerald, FAMU 99 and a Greek variety, said Kathy.
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One of the benefits of making your own wine is being able to tweak the flavor to suit your palate rather than trying to find something at the store that you like, Kathy said.
Another benefit is that homemade wine doesnt contain added sulfites or other chemicals used in commercial wines.
And she should know. Kathy has been president of the Highlands County Grape Growers Association for more than 10 years.
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Soon, Kathy will begin propagating young plants, expanding the vineyard to meet the needs of what she expects will be another busy season when the grapes are ready to be harvested in August.
Its a lot of work. Theres always something that needs doing, she said. But at the same time, its a labor of love. We enjoy the whole thing, she added.
Florida Grape Growers Association - FGGA
www.fgga.org, 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
Roger and Kathy Giller 9233 Muscadine Drive Sebring, FL 33875 (863) 382-4706 E-mail: kathy@grapesofkath.com Open to the public Mon. thru Sat.
Florida Grape Growers Association - FGGA
www.lakewalescharterschools.com, 7 Feb 2007 [cached]
Kathy Giller 863-382-4706
Grape Growing Catching On In Highlands - from Highlands Today and TBO.com
www.highlandstoday.com, 27 July 2005 [cached]
Kathy Giller, current president of the Highlands Grape Growers Association, said the association has about 30 members.
Grape growing is becoming more popular in Highlands County.
"It's relatively new (in this area,) but its a growing passion for a lot of people," Giller said.
Local Vineyards Hold Free Tour Saturday - from Highlands Today and TBO.com
www.highlandstoday.com, 18 Aug 2006 [cached]
From left: Everett Finney watches as wife Susan leans in for a look as Kathy Giller, owner of The Grapes of Kath Vineyard, holds the beginnings of a batch of the very first Cabernet wine Thursday morning in Sebring.
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From left: Everett Finney watches as wife Susan leans in for a look as Kathy Giller, owner of The Grapes of Kath Vineyard, holds the beginnings of a batch of the very first Cabernet wine Thursday morning in Sebring.
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The first stop on the list is Roger and Kathy Giller, owners of Grapes of Kath.The couple has been growing grapes the past seven years in Highlands County.
At the first stop, located at 9233 Muscadine Drive in Sebring, visitors will have an opportunity to see how grapevines can be used to create a large arbor - which is attractive, provides shade and is delicious, Kathy Giller said.
The arbor, which is supported by nine stout poles, originally was designed to be a parking area for the couple's vehicles, but the end result was so attractive, Giller said she decided to make it into an outdoor entertaining area.
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Those needing additional information may call Kathy Giller at 382-4706 or Dan Young at 385-1466.
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