Everyone starting to pick the heavily laden grape vine…
Here are all the harvesters….
Kye treading the grapes and everyone else is waiting eagerly for a turn…
All the crushed grape skins, stalks and juice are placed in a barrel for a few days, then we will sieve it and remove all the pulp. It will then be poured into a barrel to ferment for a few months and then we will have wonderful wine….
Jenna is learning about the Ancient Greeks at the moment, so this ties in nicely with that….(how wine was processed in Ancient Greece).
Even a Grey Lourie came to watch us from the tree tops…
And Richard did his 2nd race on Saturday, well done Richiroo….
When I started my blog in March this year we were busy harvesting grapes to make wine. Today we finally bottled and corked our wine, we also made labels for it and our children have been involved throughout the process, learning about fermentation etc.. It has been a great learning experience for everyone in our family. We have decided to make wine again next March and it will be a family tradition that we will all look forward to each year.
Here are some more photos of the decantering and corking process.
This is the corking device, we had to soak our corks in boiling water to soften them for a few minutes, then a thin piece of gut is inserted into the bottle neck before the cork goes into the bottle, the cork is then pushed into the bottle and once it is in, the gut is pulled out and this allows for trapped air to be released.
Today we bottled twenty bottles of wine and we still have enough wine for about twenty more, it tastes really great and we are quite impressed with it. It will have to stand upright for a few days and then we will lie it on its side so that the corks will not dry out and they will constantly be in contact with the wine which is important. We even made our own labels.
Have a great week ahead…..
We all took turns walking the grapes, even our two year old decided to have a go!