Pressing the first harvest of Barbera from my own vines

I thought I’d add some photos of our first pressing this year.

The harvest brought me about 625lbs of grapes, which translated into about 50 gal of must (juice and skins).  I gave some away and ended up with about 30 gal for myself.

The wine is quite tart, since I harvested a bit early to prevent bird damage from causing sour rot to spread to all the clusters. So, I am doing bench-trials to determine the best way to handle this.

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