We have been busy with the grape harvest! We happily make juice from our own grapes which makes a change at breakfast and we made enough last year to last us right through, not every day, but it is nice to be able to have a change some days from the commercial fruit juices. We have been doing the same this year and in fact have fresh grape juice straight from the vines some mornings when D has felt particularly motivated.
So having decided not to make any wine ourselves, it was somewhat of a surprise to find ourselves doing so this weekend!
Our Wonderful Neighbours have many hectares of grapevines of differing varieties both at home and on land they own elsewhere. They make enough wine to last themselves and their immediate family members the year. This year has been a bumper harvest for not just grapes but fruit in general as you know from my Apple posts. This meant that the wine tank was full to capacity this weekend with the white wine grapes picked off the vines in their garden. We have forgotten the variety but will be writing about the process again so will report back with more with details.
First we were shown just how full the wine making trough was!
There was however one small problem there was nearly two rows of grapes still unpicked and there was rain forecast for Monday morning, which would ruin them.
Solution they decided that it was time that we learnt to make wine, I mean grape juice, what can you be thinking of! Now as veterans of home made wine making we were not that enthusiastic which is exactly why we had made grape juice. However having been taken under the wing of this kind Italian family since we moved here, we really had no choice but to comply willingly. The process is interesting and fun but we do have rather discerning palates when it comes to our wine drinking. Sweet white wine is not too our taste so we are hoping that we can get this right. If it turns out as good as the wine we drink when we are entertained at their house we will be satisfied, we will just have to wait and see.
Summonsed on Sunday afternoon to pick the grapes and start the wine making process I remembered to take my camera with me. We picked an enormous amount of grapes from just these two rows, the photos show probably a third of the total!
Once picked they are pulped either with the electric machine above or as they used to be done as demonstrated below by David, no bare feet here!
Our two barrels awaiting the next stage of the wine making process.
Once they have fermented for a few days we will be given our lesson for the next stage.
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