Pressed for Wine

Grape harvesting season is at the end of September in Moldova and it was about the same time I was back at my pre-service training site visiting my first host family for 2 weeks of training. For most families in Moldova they make their own house wine and store it in the beci (basement) [sounds like bich) I wasn’t able to see or participate in picking grapes, but I was able to see little bit of the wine pressing process. For about a week I passed by barrels of grapes in front of the house when I would come and go.

They call these black grapes and of course they make black wine... which is what we usually call red wine.
They call these black grapes and of course they make black wine… which is what we usually call red wine.
They had these grapes ready to go to make white wine.
They had these grapes ready to go to make white wine.
Cleaning out the barrel with boiling hot water (sterilizing) for storing the wine.
Cleaning out the barrel with boiling hot water (sterilizing) for storing the wine.
Putting the grapes into the wine press...
Putting the grapes into the wine press…
When the grapes are pushed down through the press, the fresh juice/wine comes out at the spout.
When the grapes are pushed down through the press, the fresh juice/wine comes out at the spout.

To show you a bit of the process, here is a video which is less than a minute long to give you an idea of how the wine is pressed before it goes into the barrels and then moved down to the beci (basement). Fun times! I hope to get a chance to try picking/gathering grapes next year and see a bit more of the process involved in making house wine here in Moldova.

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