Week 9: Back home

I am back at my house now and we are still pressing off tanks. The style of wine and the types of grapes are very different. Here we use multiple types of grapes for every wine and they are all very dark. Unlike Pinot in Oregon, which is one of the lightest red wines there is. We pressed off some Tannat which was basically black, also some Grenache and Graciano. Here we use a basket press, the yields are much smaller but the quality is the same as non pressed grapes.

A finished press load! The next round of grapes will go directly on top. The grapes work as a filtration system for the wine.

Here is the basket presses. The cycles are 90-120 minutes.

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