Genius Idea: Mashing Grapes With Wine Bottle Itself

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June 1968

National Geographic describes this Viennese toiler as “an old-timer tamping bunches into a backpack.” Odd-looking backpack. And it’s not a wine bottle, but you knew that. It’s a pige.

And this here is pigeage.

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This process is known in French as pigeage and is part of the maceration process that extracts color, flavor and aroma compounds from the grape skins into the wine.–wikimedia

Seems like the same idea as a mortar and pestle, no?

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7 thoughts on “Genius Idea: Mashing Grapes With Wine Bottle Itself

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  1. Beautiful. You mean they don’t use their feet. When I was about 9 or 10 an older neighbor and I tried to make wine with grapes and sugar. We smashed them up with a Coke bottle and put them in a Mason jar for about 2 weeks. Horrid.

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  2. Ha! very cool Kerbey. When I run out of clean laundry and can’t get out to the laundromat, I do a few loads in the sink and I mash the clothes with the detergent bottle. 😀

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  3. One of the first things you told me about yourself was that you loved red wine 🙂 I drank half-a-bottle watching Prince coverage last night. Seemed appropriate to toast with purple. These are great photos. Idyllic I tell you.

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