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.
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.