Every year around this time in Crete is the grape harvest - one of the beautiful parts of having a business that you carry around in a laptop is that you can pick and choose where you live, and what you experience. In this post I share with you one of my favourite Greek traditions, Wine Making!
First of all the grapes need to be picked, so once they're picked they are loaded into crates and moved to the place where the wine is made.
The first step in making wine is traditionally done using a large container where people get inside and squash the grapes with their bare feet - but our friend found a more expedient way, and uses a machine that the grapes are thrown into and it produces the juice and pulp at the other end.
The juice part is then pumped out and kept in barrels to ferment and turn into wine - the best thing about this whole process is the wine is 100% organic - the only ingredient that goes into producing the end result of the wine, is the grapes, nothing else.
The process uses virtually everything, as the pulp or 'waste' is then kept in a separate barrel, which in time will be used to make another spirit called "Raki".