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.
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.
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.