How to make wine

by Ioanna

 1. Get some land.

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2. Measure it.

Measuring land for vineyard

3. Sit under an old olive tree and double-check measurements.

Break under the olive tree

4. Drive to the agriculture department.

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4. Pick vine varieties suitable to taste and land. (Shiraz, Mavro, Ofthalmo)

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5. Buy cuttings.

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6. Bury cuttings and leave for a couple months to sprout.

Grapevine cuttings buried and sprouting

7. Plant cuttings, water, prune, feed, take care of as they become vines and grow (about three years.)

Tiny vineyard

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7. On their third summer, test grapes for sugar contents and harvest when ready. (Full moon optional)

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8. Gather grapes off vines (about 1 hour) and destem grapes by hand. (8-10 hours for 60kg)

Shiraz grapes

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9. Pour grapes into crusher.

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10. Let sit in barrels to ferment (stir at least 2-3 times a day.) Test, add things if necessary, treat, monitor sugar and alcohol levels until fermentation is finished. (About a week.)

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11.When fermentation is done and all sugar has turned into alcohol, pour grapes in press.

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12. Stop to celebrate first drop of wine!

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13. Press some more.

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14. Put in barrel, test, treat, and hope it turns into good wine.

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15.  First wine tasting! (Shiraz has the best color. Look at that purple.)

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Repeat with next ripened grape variety.