It's time for la vendemmia! All over Italy, grapes are being harvested and transformed into many kinds of vino italiano. Lately I've been hearing from my friend Massimo about the vendemmia that is taking place near his home of Bologna.
First Massimo told me about a food festival that he and his family (wife Sofia and daughter Erika) came across one Sunday afternoon in Bologna's centro storico. There were many booths selling fall fruits, vegetables, jams and wine, among other things. They also came across a booth where children were allowed to jump in a vat and stomp grapes, the way wine making was done many years ago.
|i ragazzi pigiano l'uva (children stomping the grapes)|
|le uve arrivano in ceste di legno (the grapes arrive in wooden crates)|
|Fabiano e suo madre riempiono il torchio|
(Fabiano and his mother filling the winepress)
|Sofia preme l'uva sotto gli occhi attenti del padre di Fabiano.|
(Sofia pressing the grapes under the watchful eyes of Fabiano's father.)
Many thanks to Massimo for sharing his weekend outing at Fabiano's!
Massimo also sent me a link to a High Definition video he created and posted on YouTube about the wine-making. It's fabulous!
Wine Harvest in Bologna
Hopefully I'll have the chance to see a similar operation at the Cantina del Tufaio during my stay in Zagarolo next fall. For more on la vendemmia, here's the link to an article with more information from the Florentine, an English bi-weekly magazine published in Firenze:
Grape stomping time in Italy