S: SLOVENIAN WINE HARVEST 2011
FC: SLOVENIAN WINE HARVEST 2011
1: OUR HOSTS DANILO & MARTA GANC
2: Entering Ivandol region of the CVICEK Wine Growers
3: Homes and vineyards are built on steep hills.
4: The Ganc's 1,000-Vine Vineyard and yields 2,000 liters of wine annually.
5: Danilo and Marta always welcome guests into their beautiful home!!!
6: Let the Harvest Begin | Guests are greeted with a toast of Schnapps
7: Everyone enjoys a bowl of nice hot soup at the start of the day and a glass of wine of course !!!
8: Danilo provides instructions to the group !
9: I love the harvest, I don't know why. Maybe it's family and friends chatting nearby; Or is it because as we clip the grapes, We enjoy the beauty of the landscapes. | Ready for the Harvest | The vines are planted on a steep hillside.
10: A DAY IN THE VINEYARD | Bojan | Sandra and Simon
11: Veronika | Fred | Simon Rosanda, Manca and Tajda
12: When the cutters have their buckets full they called out " BRENTA" (grape bucket) so the carriers can come to pick up their grapes! | Carrying the grapes up the steep hills was done by the "strongmen" | Simon | Saso
13: Cutters work both sides of the vines so as not to miss any of the grapes. | Marinka
14: The WHITE GRAPES are processed first! | Marjan adds grapes to the "MLIN" (grape mill) to remove the stems.
15: Fred keeps himself busy removing the stems from the "MLIN" | 500 liters of white grapes ready for pressing...
16: Danilo places the grapes into the "PRESA" (press). | Then out comes the juice.
17: Danilo pours the juice into the "SOD" (steal barrels). | 500 liters of grape juice ready for aging to become white wine.
18: Wine makers test the level of the sugar in the grapes, before and during the processing of the grapes.
19: Fred helps clean up at the end of the WHITE GRAPE process.
20: Saso, Sandra and Petra in the wine cellar!!! | Bojan | Zdravko
21: TIME FOR THE WINE BREAK !!! | Justina | Simon and Rosanda | Some took a dip in the pool!!!
22: Danilo turns the grapes to help the fermentation process. | PROCESSING THE RED GRAPES
23: These 3 tubs of grapes will become 1,500 liters of CVICEK | Red grapes will be allowed to ferment for a few days before being placed through the wine "PRESA"
24: Clean-up from a long day. | Fred power washing the 'MLIN'. | Justina power washing her FEET !!!
25: FRED, DANILO AND MARJAN pause before the HARVEST CELEBRATION!
26: FOOD PREPRATION FOR THE HARVEST CELEBRATION STARTED MANY HOURS BEFORE THE GUESTS ARRIVE.
27: Marta and her daughter, Petra spent most of the day in the kitchen preparing the food . | Marta adding the filling to the "POTICA"
28: ENTRANCE TO THE WINE CELLAR
29: Danilo prepares the meat for the Harvest Celebration !
30: Tables are set up in the Wine Cellar for the Celebration Meal!
31: Marta and Zdravko | A delicious meal was enjoyed by all! | Aleks | Petra | Danilo
32: Toasts are made and fun is had! | Bojan offering a toast! | Danilo, Marjan and Fred celebrating before the meal begins.
33: With WINE everyone has a good time! | Saso offers a toast! | Brian and Sandra
34: THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL HARVEST EXPERIENCE | Fred and Merrill Albe
35: OUR SLOVENIAN FAMILY | Who knew Merrill's chance meeting with a 14 yr. old young girl 20 years ago would become such a beautiful friendship! THANK YOU PETRA