How Is Wine Processed? Grapes to Bottling explained

Do you ever wonder how wine is made?

How many of you have ever seen how wine is actually processed?  Now, I’m not talking about the “I Love Lucy” version of wine making.  I know you all have seen it!

The wine making process is not something that happens all year long.  Oh sure, there is some aging and juice processing going on, but I’m talking about The Big Crush.  In the USA usually this time is from August to late October and sometimes early November.  So your window of opportunity is quite short.

I have seen this process up close and personal.  I used to work at a very large winery in the Midwest.  I can tell you first hand that this is labor intensive and quite dirty.  And you really have to dig your hands in from beginning to end.  There are bees flying everywhere, seeds and stems and strange smells happening from early in the morning to very late at night.  So as not to ruin the grape, harvesting and processing must happen within in the same day when possible.  But, I don’t want to just write about it…

Wine Making Lesson

Without getting into a huge dissertation about wine making and boring your pants off, I have found an excellent video online.

It’s about 30 minutes long and well worth the watch.  Trust me, you definitely learn something you never knew about wine!  It will make you appreciate this wonderful beverage even more.

Go ahead, pop open a bottle of your favorite Pinot Noir (alright, that’s actually my favorite =).

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Wine Video

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