28 Oct 2014

Gathering the grapes


Sun up

The dew in the fields and woods evaporates and there's a misty haze, but it'll be a warm day and just right for
gathering the grapes






These days the grapes are put through an electric masher.
The juice goes into barrels to ferment before being transferred into glass jars
A row of stored jars that will be sterilised ready for use later on.
My husband's older cousin who lives in the old village likes to use the old method
of pressing the grapes.
The group finishes off gathering the grapes on my sister-in-law's land and I go and help her prepare a meal.


14 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures of a sunny Italy! I can imagine it is a lot of work to have two houses and gardens to look after, but I think it must be a joy to be with the family and helping each other with the harvest of grapes and after the work is done a well deserved meal together. I enjoyed your story and pictures!

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  2. all the photos are so beautiful and thanks for showing us the steps to making your wine... those arbors are wonderful and I would be snapping madly as the rest of you picked..

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  3. How lovely that you all help each other, quite the social occasion with a delicious lunch to look forward to when all the hard work is done. Have a lovely time with your family.

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  4. Lovely photos, Linda - I bet you all have a very tiring but happy time gathering those grapes. Have a super week with your family:)

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. It is so beautiful there. The grapes are amazing to see.
    I don't drink wine, but still love picking and making and nibbling some grapes. What a
    wonderful tradition.

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  6. Wow, how lovely! My mouth has been positively watering reading this. xx

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  7. I enjoyed looking at your photos Linda. How lovely that everyone gets together to help out with the harvesting. Enjoy your time with your family. P x

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  8. I hope that you have a good time with your family gatherings. Lovely to see you back and to know that you have been having a good summer. xx

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  9. Oh.....what a marvelous thing to do, to pick grapes and see the final result, and then get to drink it down the line! I must say, seeing some of the implements used for the old method does tug at the heart strings!xxx

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  10. Thanks for a lovely post, that unsurprisingly stirred lots of happy memories for me. I have just recently returned from a trip to Italy and it was wonderful to be there this time, I was far less distressed.

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  11. Beautiful photos, Linda! Grapes are my favourite fruit! :)

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  12. Looks like a busy time. The views you share bring an "oh, wow" to my lips.

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  13. Lovely photos of a wonderful tradition. It must be rather special to be able to offer people a glass of your own wine. Your photos remind me yet again how beautiful Italy is.

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  14. That looks like what a lot of work but made easier by many hands. How great that the whole family works together and such a neat thing to have wine you created yourself from start to finish!

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