Judith's parents have a little area where they grow alfalfa, grapes, and then some other crop. Right now they've planted 1500 avocado plants because Peru is a heavy exporter of avocado. We were invited out to the farm to help celebrate their grape harvest and stomping. That's right, stomping. Judith's dad is an award winning Pisco (<-- link) producer. While he also produces wine his primary goal with the grapes is Pisco.
Saturday morning we got up early, not too early, and took the bus to Pedregal. Judith picked us up at the terminal and took us to her parents house where we met up with some of her family. Then we all went out to the farm. Over the next hour or two the rest of her family arrived and the stomping began. It took them about 2 hours to stomp about 4000kg of grapes! The 2200 liters of grape juice were stored and we all just hung out for awhile longer. That night back at their house in town they grilled some of the best pork chops I've ever had. Also on the plate was a potato that was arguably the best tasting potato I've ever had. I didn't even want to put butter or cheese on it! It's called la única (unique) for a good reason. The party was capped off by a Sapo tournament. Sapo is the Peruvian version of washers. You basically throw thick metal coins at a frog....it's fun.
We came back Sunday afternoon in time to get the kids bathed and ready for church. All in all it was a good trip. I'm looking forward to our next visit to the vineyard. On with the pictures!
(My apologies, but there are a few pictures that for some reason would not rotate. Don't hurt your necks!)