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Keeping Stomping Alive..

It is fair to say that the 1995 movie, A Walk in the Clouds, starring Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, introduced the world of grapes-stomping to many Indians. And we were immediately blown away by the exotic romance and ritual of an otherwise simple wine-making procedure!!!

Flip through the pages of history and you will learn that grape-stomping had its origins in Rome as early as the 200 BC. For thousands of years, men and women performed the harvest dance in barrels and presses, stomping out the juice from the grapes with their bare feet to be eventually converted to wine.

But as humans stepped into the machine age, grape-stomping with their feet became an increasingly unhygienic prospect!!! Can you imagine having a bottle of wine which was made of grapes stomped with other people’s feet? Did you just recoil in aghast? Well, that’s exactly the reason why many countries have banned grape-stomping for wine production. Commercial production of wine uses machines to crush grapes, thus maintaining complete hygiene….

Despite this, harvests around the world still see stomping festivals for the fun and tradition associated with such events.

Nine Hills organized one last weekend at the Upper Crust Grape Stomping, The Lalith Ashok, Bangalore, in order to keep alive the tradition…

Bringing in this year’s harvest of red grapes — the fun-filled ‘hop-hop’ and ‘chop-chop’ of stomping lured both young and old to the barrels….

Mind you, this is just the start of the season……the winter months come with the promise of more grapes….more opportunities to re-visit tradition…

Hail Stomping!!!

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