Roving Pic: The Wrath of Grapes

Grape Drying Racks
Castello di Verrazzano, Greve in Chianti
July 2011
Photo: Scott Clark
Ancient grape torture devices hang in the drying room at Castello di Verrazzano. Oak strips spiked with simple nails stretch from the centuries old ceiling to the floor far below. For several months each year, they sadistically dry white grapes in the warm, ventilated air, unknowingly sweetening them, one by one, in pursuit of Holy Wine perfection. 

3 comments:

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

I've never seen these before. Very interesting that they do this, honestly I had no idea that they dried grapes at all before pressing them.

Meghan said...

I am with Hannah on this one - I didn't know they dried grapes either (which is bad because I am from wine country!). Learn something new everyday!

Jules8 said...

Hi Hannah and Meghan! I'm pretty sure they only do this for the Vin Santo (holy wine). But it was very cool to see the process!

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