Drinking a good glass of natural wine during a meal is something else! Right? And you, who are a profound connoisseur of what is considered the nectar of the gods, always want a high quality product.
So why not learn how to make wine at home, maybe involving the whole family?
I assure you it will be a unique experience, but especially exciting.
Contrary to what you have been led to believe, producing a good wine does not require sophisticated equipment, thanks to the great help that nature already offers you.Are you curious to know more? You can’t wait to get to work and let your friends taste your wine? Well, keep reading and you’ll find out more soon!
The story of wine between legend and history
Before explaining how to produce a good wine, I think it’s a good idea to spend a few words on this well-known and loved drink all over the world. You need to know that its origins are ancient … imagine: it is even said that vines was already present in Adam and Eve’s time and that the forbidden fruit was just a grape. Whether it’s a legend or reality, one thing is certain: wine has been known for millennia and in the Roman period it was loved so much that Bacco was among the most important and worshipped gods. In the nineteenth century, the position that wine occupied in Western civilization consolidated in an extraordinary way and studies began to produce an ever-better quality.
Italy is the largest wine producer in the world
Did you know that our country is the world’s largest wine producer? It comes largely from Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily, Emilia Romagna and Veneto.Wines made in Italy are among the most appreciated in the world and every year the quality gets better and better and increases their value. Since you are an enthusiast, I suggest you don’t miss the biggest wine and spirit event in the world, which is held annually in Verona: Vinitaly … maybe you can get some useful tips on how to make wine at home!
How to produce your own good wine
Senza dilungarci oltre, entriamo nel vivo di questo interessante articolo, che guiderà te e tante famiglie italiane desiderose di imparare a fare il vino sul procedimento da seguire.
Sei pronto? Allora possiamo iniziare con la prima delle 5 fasi previste per ottenere un vino naturale e fatto solo con le tue mani. Without further ado, let’s get to the interesting part of this article, which will guide you, and many Italian families eager to learn how to make wine, in the process to follow.Are you ready? Then we can start with the first of the five phases needed to obtain a natural wine made with your own hands.
After finding some good quality grapes, perhaps asking the advice of a wine expert, the first thing to do is to crush them, but be careful not to wash them before proceeding.Do you already know how it works? In practice this is the phase that turns grapes into wine, crushing the juice out of the grapes and separating the stalks.Do you remember how this used to be done? The grapes were placed in a large tub and then stamped on by many barefooted people … it was a great party and fun for both adults and children.
Which method do you plan to use? Will you buy a wine press or stay faithful to tradition?
From the pressing, you obtain the must which is placed in a special wooden container to wait for the second step, ie fermentation.This part of the work is very important, so I want to remind you of some basic elements:
- The container must only be covered with a cloth
- The place must be adequately ventilated but not excessively
- The ideal temperature to maintain fluctuates between 21 ° and 25 °
- Do not fill the container completely
- Keep carbon dioxide production under control.
It is also useful to know that the duration of fermentation varies depending on the type of grapes. For example, for white grapes it is just one day.Also, if you want to get good wine, be careful that your alcohol content is at least between 11.5 ° and 12 °.
It usually takes about 10 days for the sugar contained in the must to turn into alcohol and when that happens then it means that you can go ahead with the pressing.This operation separates the grape skins from the wine, which you can do using a simple wicker sieve, then it must be poured into a large container and fully filled.But it’s not over … remember the skins? Well, they are put in another press and squeezed well because they still contain juice and this is then added to the wine in the container.
And we’ve come to the end … at this point we start to decanter the wine, what you had closed in the barrel, remember? This phase is necessary because it needs to be separated from the sediment deposits it releases.When the time comes, therefore, you need to get a nice plastic food tube and do this by avoiding to touch the bottom of the container.
Finally your “wine” is ready to be bottled but, alas, to try it you will have to wait at least 16 months … When the time comes, however, I assure you it will be a really exciting.I am sure you will become a real expert and won’t be able to wait to explain to your friends how to make wine at home!