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.
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 …