After the wine tasting amongst the trees, half the group wanders off down the beach. You and the remainder stay seated happy to listen to Havej. “All the crops grown on the Estate have to be processed.  We grind the corn and wheat, crush the olives, squeeze oranges and lemons and squash the grapes.

The vines are like an analogy of life.  We are constantly importing different vines to give us grapes to blend, our aim to produce wines to export across the world.  In these endeavours some vines barely grow, others last one season, while there are vines that do well then wither and die. There are of course dangers.  A blight covering grapes can take away the essential sunlight and destroy a whole bunch.  Little foxes creep through the vines damaging both the weak and those that appear strong.  Yet there are vines that so entwine with each other that not even the strongest storm can uproot and tear them apart.  We had a fire several years ago, and managed to save the top half of the vineyard, but this area was completely destroyed.” He waved his hand, “Somehow out of the ashes new vines grew, we implanted more, and this area now produces our finest grapes.  The grapes are always hand-picked, and carefully taken to be processed.  Follow me.”

Back in the dimly lit cellar with its huge wooden barrels Havej explains the wine is stored until ready to be bottled.  And shows the group a very old wooden wine press where men once trod the grapes, the juice running out into jars.  Then through a door into a corridor you are astonished to see through glass into a brightly lit area where gigantic stainless-steel vats are filled with grapes and processed by modern technology.

“I have told you these things, that my joy and delight may be in you, and your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” John 15:11 (AMP Classic)

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Episode 36