Vitis Vinifera 'Purpurea'
Annie's Annuals

Vitis Vinifera 'Purpurea' Harvest


The grapes were so juicy and tasty–– all the images of grape stomping women I've ever seen began filling my head. How could I not juice our Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'? Surly I should try.

I didn't bother googling a grape juice how-to. I did think of borrowing a juicer – but no – what I really wanted was to squeeze them through my fingers.

T h e  P r o c e s s

The harvested grapes in two 5-gallon buckets

I filled the buckets with water to get rid of cobwebs and to allow critters to rise to the surface. One ladybug and many little white spiders appeared. Sometimes they'd be on a  grape floating island.

Mound-of-grapes The clean grapes glamming for the camera.

I probably should have worn gloves.

Fatigued after too much squeezing, I got out my potato masher. It wasn't much help though. The next stop for seeds and skins will be the compost heap.

Strained-grape-juice Fresh-squeezed homemade grape juice!

Grape-hand I didn't want to get grape juice all over everything, so I wore black and did all the work outside. I still ended up pouring boiling water through grape stains on two light colored shirts and one white bathrobe, over the course of 3  grape-centered days. As for the hands– gloves just didn't seem appropriate.

Wine-glass Of course it's not wine, but the juice is so rich and flavorful that small sips, as one would drink wine, are best for savoring and tasting. Our yield was 1.5 gallons.

Dear readers, if you have juicing tips or stories let me know. I'd love to hear from you in the comment box below.