This was the first step of wine making... crushing the grapes (no, not really... this was just for show... I hope we didn't really use these grapes!)
This is what we used to crush the grapes (the gray crate in the back of the truck was full of grapes).
Here, they were putting grapes in the hopper, the guy in the back was turning the crank to crush the grapes.
Here I am, picking stems and leaves out of the grapes after they have been crushed. It was a messy, messy, sticky job, but it was great!
All of the grapes and juice went into a large fermenting tank where it sat working it's magic for a few days... during the week some of the group did some stuff to the wine (can't remember all the details, it was a little over a month ago). We are making 2 wines. One of them is a Repasso wine. This is "re-passing" a lighter wine over a bigger wine's "squeezings" which adds body, color and flavor, and kicks off a secondary fermentation that boosts it's alcoholi
This isn't the actual wine press we used (someone forgot the camera that day)... but you get the idea. Ours was a little bigger and had a round crank on the side.
We have a Christmas party coming up in December and some other activities, such as coming up with a name and label for this years wine and some other activities. I'll keep you posted!