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Nazareth village - wine press

 

Nazareth Village is a open air museum in the grounds of the Nazareth General Hospital and managed by a trust, whose aim it is to show visitors how people lived 2000 years ago. The village area was excavated by archaeologists around 150 years ago.. Some of what was found and some adds on are used for the exhibition, which comes to live through the actors, involved. Just a guided tour or a theme based tour and you may end the tour with a meal based on the food of two thousand years ago. For this you may choose lunch, dinner or a feast meal. The guided tour can be done in various languages and doesn't require a lot of notice. The rest of the stuff requires preparation and necessitate bookings.

 

Sorry for the blown look of the rock face. It is a type of lime stone and the shade covered only half of the press. Not much to do about that.

 

In this picture is a wine press, around two thousand years old. First item of info is that the presses were always close to the vinyards. The vines were planted on the terraces at the back. The terraces, consisted of the visible stonewall and was filled with various types of gravel, sand and soil. Rough stuff at the bottom and the soil at the top. The design is apparently good for irrigation.

 

 

This picture provides a diagram of the wine press. At top is a foot press area. The grape juice flows through the gully into the first holding tank (about one and a half, to two feet deep), where some fermentation is allowed under cover. The overflow and last tank are also used when necessary to skim the top stuff off the juice in the first tank. The press area is also quite big, as 5 to 6 people would hook in cartwheel style, and while performing dances they would press the juice from the grapes.

 

Something I learnt there. Foot pressing is preferred, to keep the bitter taste of the seeds out of the wine. Using a stone crush, would result in crushing the seeds and releasing the taste of the seeds.

 

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 22 Feb 2016, 00:45
Thank you, Louis.

Silly Ray thought you had put up the wrong image as all he could see was a rocky outcrop!
Louis: Well, you use the road to tan the rice. These people used rocky outcrops to press wine. Goes to show, how people can use some initiative, I think smile
Crazy ingenuity!!
Louis: Yep, I agree, Elizabeth.
i see the flat layers in the rocks for the grapes to be crushed and the juice flowing down to the different levels from your explanation...
if there was a video in this posting it isn't here... just a circle with a horizontal bar in it....petersmile
Louis: Thanks, peter. It seems that the problem is with Firefox. I have Firefox as a second browser and it doesn't show there. Was alerted to the type of browser as the issues, by Astrid, who experiences the same problem. Shouldn't be an issue, but there it is.
Very conveniently located. No transport cost here! Thank you for the explanation Louis.
Louis: These people knew how to cut costs. Must be in their DNA.
Once again (like last week) I don't see the second image, Louis, but I can imagine it. Before I read the second text, I was already going to say that I can see the young maidens having a dancing party on the grapes. smile
Louis: Thanks, Ginnie. It seems that the problem is with Firefox. I have Firefox as a second browser and it doesn't show there. Was alerted to the type of browser as the issues, by Astrid, who experiences the same problem. Shouldn't be an issue, but there it is.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 22 Feb 2016, 07:41
Foot pressing must have been easier too,I guess, Louis
Louis: I will show an olive press, powered by a donkey. I thought that is easy smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2016, 07:42
Very informative Louis - thank you
Louis: My pleasure sir Tiff
All very interesting Louis, I presume the feet did the pressing.
Louis: The feet did the feat, gutteridge.
I ama bit lost.
Louis: It seems that the problem is with Firefox. I have Firefox as a second browser and the additional pics dont show there. Was alerted to the type of browser as the issue, by Astrid, who experiences the same problem. Shouldn't be an issue, but there it is. Sorry.
I can't see the second image just a small no entry sign.
Louis: Thanks, Bill. It seems that the problem is with Firefox. I have Firefox as a second browser and it doesn't show there. Was alerted to the type of browser as the issue, by Astrid, who experiences the same problem. Shouldn't be an issue, but there it is.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Feb 2016, 15:04
Thank you for the advise, my next batch of wine making I will use my feet... just kidding.
Too bad I only see one picture, like Bill does and Ginnie, even on the iPad, one picture.
We use Mozilla Firefox.
Louis: I tested with my Firefox (my backup browser) and the picture also doesn't show. I normally use Google Chrome, where everything is normal. So thanks, at least I know now that the problem is with the browser.
this must have been an interesting place, Louis. your text was most engrossing.

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