Pressing the grapes

wine2eYesterday, 15th October 2013, was Day 10 of the grape must being in the vats for the first fermentation and so it was time to press the grapes.

Wine press for pressing the grapes

Wine press for pressing the grapes

The wine press consists of wooden vertical slats, blocks of wood and a cog-like mechanism. The two sections of the wooden slats are placed on the metal base and locked together.

The pressed grapes and must are then transferred from the vats and poured into the press.

Pouring the grapes and must into the press

Pouring the grapes and must into the press

We had used 4 plastic vats (each with a capacity of 225 litres) for the first stage of fermentation with the 610kg of grapes divided among them. We consolidated the grapes and must into three of these and cleaned the fourth so that we could start filling it with the pressed juice.

When the level of the grapes reached the top of the press, the rest of the press was assembled: the two semi-circular wooden boards were placed on top and then the wooden blocks were placed alternately perpendicular on these and then the pressing mechanism was screwed down. It was wound down by hand until it reached the blocks and pressing began.

Gear-like mchechanism of the wine press

Gear-like mchechanism of the wine press

The are two rings of holes: the outer ring is like 1st gear and the inner ring is like 2nd gear.

When as much juice has been extracted from the grapes, the press is dismantled and the cake of grapes, skins and pips is removed.

wine2c wine2bHere is a picture of the first glass of grape juice. It has a pleasant taste.

First glass of the grape juice

First glass of grape juice