Wine grapes are generally smaller than table grapes and range in colour from almost white to very dark blue-purple almost black.
Many of the grapes are protected by netting in the final weeks of their ripening.
But some looters are bipedal:
Once the grapes are ready (the sugar and acid levels are tested prior to harvest) they are picked. Some grapes are hand picked, others are picked by machine. The grapes are sorted and then an auger like machine removes the stems.
The grapes are crushed ....
Then left to do their magic ...
.... and pressed and then allowed to ferment.
The colour of the wine depends on the type of grape, and how long the juice stays in contact with the skins before pressing.
The apples and pears were also ready to harvest.
Now we skip over the another market on Vancouver Island to enjoy the fall bounty:
My Halloween decorations look nothing like this, just a poorly carved pumpkin and some artificial cobwebs, but then after the recent earth quake on the West Coast and the storm on the East Coast the world is quite scary enough for me as it is. I hope everyone has a safe Halloween.
Here is a picture that is almost finished. It is a watercolour and is inspired by a picture I took recently at a farmers market.
Thank you for taking the time to drop by my corner of the blogging world.
Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week .....