Making wine

Grapes in the Genal valley are used to make red wine, vinegar and a strong local spirit called aguardiente. Mosto is also very common; this is a young local wine which takes just 3-4 weeks to mature, and in November there are opportunities to taste some of the best local mosto at fun-filled village ferias in Cartajima and Atajate. Many people still use traditional methods of crushing and processing the grapes with nothing but their feet and a stone press, but it´s much more convenient to use machinery! Here is the process used to make red wine with modern methods:

take some fat juicy grapes....
take some fat juicy grapes….
Add grapes to machine to remove stalks
Add grapes to machine to remove stalks
The grapes are fed through twice to ensure they are extra mushy
The grapes are fed through twice to ensure they are extra mushy
Then they are put in the press, where all the juice is collected as the grapes are crushed
Then they are put in the press, where all the juice is collected as the grapes are crushed
The press is screwed tighter and tighter
The press is screwed tighter and tighter
The juice is poured into a wooden cask with the necessary ingredients for fermentation
The juice is poured into a wooden cask with the necessary ingredients for fermentation
Red wine matures for at least a year
Red wine matures for at least a year. This is now ready to bottle
Aguardiente is made in a big metal vat using the grape stalks
Aguardiente is then made in a big metal vat using the grape stalks and waste

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