Crushing the Grapes: Learn How Good Wine Is Made

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Learn how the grapes are crushed for making wine and learn more about wine in this free instructional video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Make Wine
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See this is a better projection of them. They will be tight and they are not like your eating grapes but they are extra sweet and because they are extra sweet, we really can’t eat a lot of these. When we get into crushing these grapes later, we will get to taste the most expensive grape juice in the world, wine grapes. We need basically 2 or 3 people to run this operation. One of them is the stick person. Somebody has to be standing here and usually the man will push that off to the woman because they don’t want a woman lifting 30 or 40 lbs. of grapes, so woman gets the stick. Okay. What they have to is, whoever throws the grapes in, the grape person, they will be pushing the grapes towards the auger which is going to be starting to pushing the grapes and they got to keep the moving because if they don’t keep them moving, they build up and they come over and every grape counts. Right? So every grape counts in our wine making process. All personnel stand behind here because they are in for the safety of people to make sure that no ones is sticking their hands in there. We stick our hands in there once in a while because we see some loose leafs. Leaves don’t affect it because the leaves will come out with the stems, so basically what we want to do is make sure that no one is doing something wrong so we keep always a person here for safety. This machine will crush somewhere around 2 or 3 tons an hour of grapes. That’s 6,000 pounds, roughly 8 to 10 barrels of wine.

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