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Traditional wine making process

Wine making has been around for thousands of years and is a natural process that requires very little human intervention.

My father used to do it in the traditional way. He died a few days ago, but I have lots of memories with him. Making wine is one of them. It was a family gathering. Don’t think that we have a huge vineyard. My dad had 4 vines but very good ones, red grapes with  a strawberry flavor.

grapes

We used to get all the family together to do the harvest. Choosing when to harvest the grapes is a major fact in how the wine will turn out. It was also a time for jockes, stories and lots of fun. We used to destemmer by hand and crush the grapes with our hands. Now days, we have small corkscrew crusher to do that, so we don’t need to do the destemmer by hand. If the stem is left attached to the grape for too long, it will give off a bitter taste later.

grapes

For the next step, the pressing, we used a small mechanical press. We never did it like they do it in Italy with your feet in a huge barrel.

traditional wine making process

 

traditional wine making process

 

traditional wine making process

Pressing was done by the men in the house, so my little boy was present to taste the grape juice. He loved it. It is the first time for him, and he loved to be part of the process. He tried and help as much as he could, and was such a fan to see him participate.

traditional wine making process

 

traditional wine making process

traditional wine making process

From this point only the men will take care of the wine. To keep the secret of the process.

The grape juice is placed in oak barrels for red wines. During the fermentation process, the grapes’ natural sugars are converted into alcohol by wild yeasts that form on the grapes as they grow. Fermentation time varies, but is usually seven to ten days. For red wines, the skins are removed during or after the initial fermentation.
The liquid is gently pumped or bucketed by hand from the fermentation barrels into clean barrels.

The wine is finally racked, by hand, into bottles. The bottles are corked and labeled.

So, this is our traditional wine making process. In the end I raise a glass of wine and wish you a good day!

 

 

 

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61 thoughts on “Traditional wine making process”

  1. My condolences for your loss. The memories will always keep him with you. Will talking out loud probably ask him questions how well you are keeping up the wine tradition in his memory. Isil

      1. My fiance Juls is currently studying wine making at uni… who knows maybe we’ll have our own little family vineyard one day. 🙂

  2. A lovely post! I recently went to a wine tasting with lots of winemakers and it was so nice to hear their passion for the process and their end product!

  3. Oh I love the idea of making homemade wine! Your photos are gorgeous and make the process wen more enticing. And your little guy is adorable, how fun that he got to sample some grape juice!
    -Dana

  4. So sorry to hear you lost your dad, I am sorry for that. Lovely post about wine making and family traditions. And thank you for liking my Oatmeal coconut porridge recipe! I hope to see you again visiting my blog, let me know what you think.

  5. This story is beautifully illustrated. I loved seeing your son continuing your father’s tradition. How nice to have such a wonderful food tradition to remember your father! -Lisa (Sojourner Tours)

  6. What wonderful memories you have made working with your dad. So sorry for you that he is gone. My grandpa died some 5 years ago now, but each day as I work the farm we used to ride horses across, I remember him and hope that he would approve the changes I’ve made. Shalom!

  7. Hi There. I liked your Traditional Wine Making Article. We also like to make things the Traditional Way! I could definitely learn a thing or two on your photography posts! Thanks for Liking some of my stuff! All the best for the New Year.

  8. We believe that the best way to honor those that we have loved and lost (and even those we never knew) is to keep up their traditions. This is wonderful … and very ITALIAN 🙂

  9. i’m glad to get to see the whole process, well, up to the wine making that is. but i love the pictures. thank you for sharing. and red grapes with a strawberry flavor?? yum. i’m envious.

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