Grape Harvest and Starting to Make Wine

We have a small vineyard with mostly Trebbiano grapes, a small sweet white grape that is used for making table wine and is one of the principal grapes in Le Marche’s DOC Falerio wine.

A few weeks ago along with our guests we harvested our grapes and are now making wine.

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Our Agriturismo Guests Helping Pick the Grapes

 

What a beautiful day it was…one of those lovely September days with hardly any humidity in the air with blue skies.

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Just Picked Trebbiano Grapes

Next the grapes go into the crusher; ours is a small hand crank affair.

Hans with our friend Rainer, who brought his red grapes over to crush and press at our place.

The crusher separates out the stems which would make the wine bitter. the green crates contain the stems which then can be distilled into Grappa, or in our case, composted.

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Red grapes after they were crushed, ready to be pressed

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Pressing the grapes and collecting the juice

It’s a sticky job!

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This is what’s left after pressing

Next the juice is put into a big bin, covered with a cloth to keep the wasps and other bugs out, and kept cool with ice. We used 5 liter jugs of frozen water. Our good friend, neighbor and superb wine maker Emanuele suggested we do this and keep it cool until the fermentation is done. Fermentation took over a week.

 

 

Our agriturismo grape picking crew 2012

It’s wonderful to have guests who like to participate in farm activities…we all have fun. Now hopefully we’ll also have a nice white table wine to share with guests. I’ll keep you posted!

Mid-morning coffee and cake on the front stoop of the B&B

 

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