I have to begin with a disclaimer because I am far from an expert on the art of harvesting grapes. However, if you have been reading along with Todd Webster of Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, you have learned a bit about actually getting the grapes off of the vine and out of the field.
Because Todd’s blog interested me, I decided to visit the Brennans and Todd at Brennan Vineyards and watch what they did once they had the grapes off of the vine. I actually learned quite a bit.
When I arrived, I found Pat Brennan on the forklift, dumping grapes into what I learned was a crusher/de-stemmer.
It’s not pretty, but it works beautifully…
…and soon the pulp and the juice were flowing away, leaving the stems, etc. behind.
Because the Brennans are making red wine, the pulp travels into the vat to add color to the juice.
Todd allowed me to photograph this vat so that you can see the color of the juice when the pulp is not allowed in with the juice.