The 2014 harvest and crush is now underway. Our winemaker crushed Kansas Frontenac into the fermentation bin this morning. They smell and taste wonderful. Unlike white grapes, red grapes are not pressed immediately and are fermented on this skins. They are punched down a minimum of three times every day in order to extract the color and tannins from the skins. See the photos below to see this mornings process. There is also a link (it will not show a preview of a video) which is a video showing the grapes dropping into the bin from the crusher. Cheers to great Kansas Wine!
The link to this video shows the grapes dropping from the crusher/destemmer: IMG_1562