- Fabio Viviani born (1978)
Do Winemakers Really Still Stomp Grapes?
Roger Morris takes us behind the scenes to show the ancient process
Recipe of the day
- Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, Tons More than Zinfandel
- Hilarious Bottle of Wine Tells Teachers, ‘Our Child Might Be the Reason You Drink, So Enjoy This Bottle on Us’
- The Rise of Roussanne
- Inside Francis Ford Coppola’s Family-Friendly Sonoma Winery
- Legendary Rhône Winemaker Noël Verset Succumbs at 95
Stomping on grapes for wine seems like something out of an old movie or joke, but the practice is still in use in some places.
Special contributor Roger Morris took a trip on the windy roads of Portugal's Douro Valley to see the process firsthand at Quinta do Vesuvio. The winemaker is known for its port, which it has been producing since the 19th century. And they continue to stomp grapes the old-fashioned way — also known as treading — in order to maximize color while minimizing tanins. This method is essential to keeping the true flavor of their port. It's a lively process that aims to be more fun than work; participants dance around while music plays. Hardly a tough way to spend the day, if not a bit messy!
For more on Roger Morris' adventure you can read his full article and watch the video above to see the work in action!
Be a Part of the Conversation
Join the Daily Meal's Community and Share your Thoughts