Today I strolled through the Galician countryside. As has been my focus for most of this trip, I contemplated the growth of the infantile clusters of grapes.
I am fixated on the development of the glorious fruit of the vine.
How long do the grapes take to mature? That question is easy for me to answer. Conventional wisdom, as well as my previous Caminos in Autumn, tell me the grapes are harvested in late September and October.
How long after harvest does the wine making process begin?
How long must the wine ferment before maturity?
Does the vineyard owner vint his own grapes?
Or does he sell the grapes to another wine producer?
As I take a rest, I remember the famous grape stomping episode of “I Love Lucy”. I imagine myself stomping the grapes in a big vat with a very stout Spanish lady.
Hmmm, I must enroll in a wine making course.
Does the University of Arizona have such courses?