Grapes. These dark, juicy grapes come from Donici which is a grape growing town near Malito. Don't ask me what type of grapes they are as I have no idea! We don't have enough grape to pick and use our own, so for the time being we buy grapes. We hope to plant lots of grape vines in our future home, but that is still a few years away. You can use what ever combination of grapes you want to make wine. We used just red, so this is going to be a dark, rich, strong wine. Lots of people add some green grapes to make the wine lighter.
These cases of grapes should give us 100-120 litres of wine.
Lots of Italians also have a cantina, which is a storage room of sorts for storing - and making - wine. Bel fidanzato's family have a small cantina in one of the country properties. The cantina is full of beautiful, old, antique wine bottles which I just want to steal as decoration for our home! When we moved here in January, long before wine making time, some of these bottles happened to find there way into our apartment...
I am not so knowledgeable about making wine, and was quite surprised to learn that you do not have to clean the grapes...so don't worry if you see some little spiders or insects mixed in with the grapes. This wine is going to be 100% natural - no chemicals, nothing added except for grapes, and the odd insect it seems.
Once you have the grapes, the first thing you need to do is separate the vine part and the grapes. To do this, the family has this:
Once this machine (I have not idea what it is called) is clean, you take it into the cantina and fill the top with grapes. Have a look inside and you will see what the grapes will be squashed by.
Now it's time to tip the grapes into this machine.
It is hand operated, and you want the grapes to fall into the container below, while the vine part falls into a different bucket. When you turn the handle, there is a metal, colander type thing which pushes the grape vines out, rather then down into the container.
This is what you are left with: a container of grapes which you need to leave as is for about 48 hours, and a container of grape vines which some people throw away, and like us, some people keep to use later.