Heralding rebirth and the soil’s
fertility, the grape harvest is the first
step in the production of wine, ‘sun’s
child born of the grape’.
It’s the height of the grape harvesting
season and there’s a flurry of excitement
in Turkey’s grape-growing regions.
The mature fruit has been plucked from
the vines and loaded onto carts. Along
the roads, small trucks and tractors transport
heaps of grapes, while simple donkeys
and horses bear them in panniers on their
backs. The villagers who harvested the
fruit are taking it to the nearest processing
place. They have to act fast before the
grapes spoil and become useless. The journey
of the grapes begins right after the vintage.
At some factories they are emptied into
narrow gauge railroad cars and taken to
scales to be weighed; at others they arrive
by the truckload and are placed directly
into the mill. The factories work at a
furious pace while the villagers enjoy
the pleasant weariness of another harvest