Wine is in the air

13 Sep

In the vineyard !

Today we harvested! Vendemia, ‘harvest’ in English came a bit earlier this year because of the unusually hot and dry summer. I have to say, they may have been some of the most pleasant hours I have ever spent. Up at dawn and yoga practice done, we began bright and early. Having a small vineyard here, only one hectare or about two and a half acres we  were able to pick all our red grapes (Sangiovese) in one day. From my cute basket, to the birds chirping, to the rolling hills all around us- it was a nature lovers dream. I never had a full appreciation for hand picked grapes, but after today I know there is no comparison. We picked each bundle, hand selected each and every berry- only the best. There are no split grapes, half-eatten by birds, or shall we say “extras” caught up in the harvesting machine.

It is crazy just how much you can truly smell the wine in the air as soon as the grapes are harvested. This is because as the grapes are picked we incidentally make juice and as we work down the vine, the sun heats the juice and it begins to ferment before we can even get it in the fermentation tanks. With wine on our noses and hands sticky from the sugar, the hours flew by as we worked with our hands and allowed our thoughts to wonder.

After all the grapes are harvested and stacked on the tractor, we take them to the cellar. We dump them into the hopper and they fall down into the de-stemmer. Pumped from there into the fermentation tank where the yeast is added, the grapes begin the transformation from yummy snack to even yummier adult beverage! Not only is the finished product delicious, but the process by which it comes about is rather lovely itself. Wine may by my new favorite scent!

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One Response to “Wine is in the air”

  1. Mom September 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Sounds like a magnificent day!!

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