More on super-natural wines? (You couldn’t make it up – though I did try!)

Following my last post I now realise (after reading this Huffington Post article) that I omitted an essential element from the Super-Natural winemaking process. I sincerely apologize for this and will take every pain to ensure that no such lapse occurs again.

Mike Hayes, Naked Winemaking Enthusiast, Plans To Carry Out Full Moon Harvesting Ritual

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 12/18/2012 4:16 pm EST
We’re all for learning from history, but one Australian man may be taking it too far. Mike Hayes, the owner of Symphony Hill Wines in Queensland, says he plans recreate an ancient winemaking ritual nearly 4,000 years old — by harvesting some of his grapes in the nude during a full moon.
The Sunday Mail writes that Hayes said he’d found records of naked harvesting while studying as part of a Churchill Fellowship, which he was reportedly awarded in July.According to Symphony Hills Wines’ website, Hayes primary fellowship goal is toresearch alternative grape varieties in Europe that would suit conditions in the Granite Belt area of Australia.
“I don’t know if it will work, but I’m certainly going to give it a shot,” he said. “The ancients believed the moon drew energy from the grapes and goodness from the soil — just as the moon pulls the tides.”
And there may be more to naked winemaking than just the moon and tides, according to Hayes. “Clothing made from animal hides would no doubt contain bacteria that would taint the winemaking process.”
In April, Hayes plans to harvest a crop of nebbiolo, an Italian red wine grape, in the nude. He’ll ferment the wine in clay amphora pots buried underground, an ancient practice, with no preservatives or additives.

  1. I would think that the original “naked” harvesting was accomplished wearing sandals and some type of loin covering. I agree that this guy is taking things too far. Perhaps naked wine tasting would be a better activity, but that can be done indoors where there are no insects and thorns and blinds and shades to accomodate the neighbors. Thank you for the good reporting.

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