BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — An historic grapevine, just days away from being pulled from the ground to be discarded, finds a new home, Na'tassia Finley has more on the convent grape and the story behind it.
It very well might be one of only a few left, worldwide. A convent grapevine, thought to be about 130 years-old, has now found a new home at the Incarnate Word Academy campus in Brownsville.
Back in 1853 four French sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of France, moved to Brownsville to start up a Catholic school. Records show one of the sisters brought back with her grapevine cuttings from France in order to make sacramental wine.
Fast forward to the 21st century, this vine was just days away from being cut down and a parking lot was to be laid, but a closer look at the vine, by local expert Gene Fernandez, saved it's life, "The convent grape has a very distinctive leaf, I saw the plant hidden in the area by the Dancy Courthouse, by the Leseca Hardware, a historic building, and I recognized it immediately for the leaf."
He told Cameron County officials of the importance and history behind the vine, that's when county officials offered it up to the Incarnate Word Academy.
The vine was successfully relocated on the campus on Thursday morning.