Making Your Own Wine: How Hard Is It?

I’m making my own wine.  People ask me all the time “how hard is it to make wine?”

Well, let’s talk about one stage of winemaking: Pressing the grapes.

Sure, there are modern wine presses I could rent or buy which would make my job easy.    But I did it the old-fashioned (i.e. cheap) way … using a mesh sack.

The grapes act as a sponge, soaking up and jealously retaining every drop of liquid.  So it is very difficult – especially when going it alone like I did, mano y mano, with nothing but my bare hands – to press the wine from the grapes.

How hard?

These authentic ancient Egyptian drawings showing a group of men pressing grapes from a sack may give you an idea:

Perhaps I’ll rent a modern wine press next year …

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