Museologists presented the traditional way of grape must production

During three days, the Koprivnica Town Museum presented the traditional way of producing grape must (wine) as part of the reVITAlize project or “Wine folklore as a historical identity of Podravina and Pomurje.” The activity began on 1 October 2021 with grape harvesting on the wine-growing northern slopes of Bilogora. The grape variety chosen for harvesting was the old one - tudum, black director or noha. On the same day, about 15 grape vines were dug up and transplanted, and later moved and placed on stakes at the edge of Koprivnica’s central park. This was a preparation for the autumn edition of the event “Motifs of Podravina” which was held on Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 October 2021. There, the traditional way of grape must production was presented and a special wine exhibition was also set up. This activity was organized by the staff of the Koprivnica Town Museum in cooperation with the craft “Stari zanati”, and it was visited by a large number of people who passed through the central city square during those days.

It is known that the process of wine production begins in the vineyard, among the grape vines, where diligent winegrowers (goričari) take great care of the grape vines and grapes for many months. Therefore, for this occasion, grape vines were brought to the city square and from there the typical grape variety was harvested - tudum, black director or noha. After that, the grapes were trampled in the traditional way, in a vat (wide bowl) in which the girls crushed the grapes with their feet, which was greeted enthusiastically by the audience. The grapes crushed in this way were placed in a press and pressed, which is the main part in the process of producing grape must. Everyone interested could taste the fresh grape must which came from the grape press. Many people were taken back to their childhood by the taste of the grape must as it reminded them of the days when they themselves participated in traditional grape harvests with their family and friends.

All throughout the event, visitors were able to attend a wine exhibition with the participation of winemakers from Podravina and Pomurje. The exhibition featured 20 wine producers who submitted their labelled bottles. This exhibition presented the diversity of wines and the production technology, which are present in Podravina and Pomurje. The exhibition was attended by: Matočec Winery, Family Farm Rep, Vražić Wines, Josip Gašparić, family Gašparić, Antun Vresk, Family Farm Petar Cik, Bussay Say. Kft., family Odobašić, family Parag, Vlasics Wines, Kránicz Lászlo, Korenko Winery, Polan, Vertarics Istvan, Family Farm Martin Jušta, Kuprivecz Pince, Simon Pince, Hederics Mihek i Csali János.

In the end, it can be concluded that such interactive workshops should be held at similar tourist events since high public interest can be noted. At the same time, these kinds of events take many people back to the time when we were more connected to nature and when people used to produce their own food more than they do now. For this occasion, the product in question was wine.

The program was implemented with European Union funds within the project "Wine folklore as a historical identity of Podravina and Pomurje" (reVITAlize) within the INTERREG V-A cross-border cooperation program Hungary-Croatia 2014-2020.

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