Archive for October, 2014

Manual Punch Downs – hand and foot

This may be the most grueling phase of harvest: the sea of manual punch downs to move through a couple times a day.  It has been days, weeks even of processing fruit safely to fermenter.  Everyone is exhausted.  Bodies are sore; you can see the weariness in eyes, but the show must go on.  Once fermentation has started, and the must starts to heat up with activity, winemakers start “punch-downs”.  This process involves using a sanitized tool to submerge the cap of grapes that rises to the top of the tank.

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