We have transitioned into the second phase of the harvest. Up until now, we’ve spent a lot of time on the fermentation process, starting with the hand desteming of the grapes by the ladies (pictured), moving onto the cuvas (or large oak tanks) and assisting the grapes/juice/wine/grapes through fermentation. Now that the last of our grapes have arrived from the vineyard, we will be focusing more on pressing grapes and moving the wine into smaller barrels to begin the aging process.
It’s great to be experiencing this whole process first hand. Each week as we move through the harvest, we’re learning and practicing new skills. Though we still have a lot to learn, I think that we’re doing well. Everyone is in need of a vacation and there’s a rumor floating around that we might have an extra day off work on Monday or Tuesday in honor of Chile’s national “workers day.” I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but that sure would be nice. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, we should find out later tonight.