scroll_to_top.svg

Harvesting in the old times in Cinque Terre

The harvest in Cinque Terre was an exhausting, but exhilarating phase. It represented the final step of the complex and laborious cultivation of the vine: a massive task due to the harshness of the territory.
People used to work all-year round and lived out of what they produced and using the small amount of money coming from the sale of the wine. The villages spent twenty days in feverish activity.
Early in the morning the streets were filled with people of all ages. Men, women, young people and even older people with “corbe” (large wicker basket with four handles) and “paniere” (round wicker basket); they were all over the countryside, talking loudly, in a festive atmosphere.The elderly were detaching the clusters, cleaned them from rotting, discarded those unripe, divided the white from the red grapes and then prepared the loads. This was a tiring and boring work that the youngsters disdained, preferring to go back and forth with well-filled “corbe” and “paniere”.
Men carried the “corbe” on their shoulders, loading them on a “pagettu” (from the Latin “Paliarum” jute sack filled with straw to make the basket softer), burlap sack stuffed with straw or vine leaves to make the basket softer, while women carried the “paniere” on their head and placed it on a rolled burlap sack, or “varcu” (from the Germanic “Walkan” that means wrap up carelessly).
During the long itinerary from the vineyards to the cellar, carriers (in dialect called “camalli”) stopped one or more times depending on the difficulty and length of the path, laying the “corbe” filled up to the ridge, on the stone walls that marked the path (in dialect “pusela”) trying to recharge energy for the final effort.
Many young people from the neighboring hilly areas were ready to help transporting the grapes and in the evening, despite the great fatigue, there was a big party with dancing and wine for everybody!
The photos are by André Leuba, Eduard Kopp and Anselmo Crovara kept in the Archives of Memory Anselmo Crovara in Via Aldo Rollandi in Manarola

See also

23 October 2020

The ancient village of Lemmen in Riomaggiore

discover

8 October 2020

Agriculture in Cinque Terre: man and nature.

discover

21 April 2020

Monterosso: poets, lemons and anchovies

discover

27 March 2020

Cinque Terre’s beaches

discover

30 January 2020

Manarola: the vertical village

discover

18 September 2019

1919 – 2019: the harvest of the centenary in Volastra

discover

1 May 2019

The Path n. 531: from Riomaggiore to Manarola through Beccara

discover

12 April 2019

The path SVA between Monterosso and Levanto

discover

2 December 2018

The Vernaccia: the first wine of the Cinque Terre

discover

18 September 2018

Harvest 2018: great harvest in Volastra!!!

discover

8 November 2017

Harvest 2017: quality and quantity for D.O.C. 5 Terre wine

discover

12 August 2017

Path n. 536 to Monesteroli: stairway to heaven

discover

14 March 2017

Path n. 509 : Monterosso–Soviore

discover

19 January 2017

The Cinque Terre’s sweet wine: from Rinforzato to Sciacchetrà

discover

14 January 2017

The Maremonti pedestrian cycle path from Levanto to Framura

discover

19 November 2016

From Monterosso to Vernazza via sanctuaries

discover

23 September 2016

Harvest 2016: excellent quality!

discover

21 May 2016

The path n. 530 – From Volastra to Telegrafo

discover

9 December 2015

Path n. 507 from San Bernardino to Vernazza

discover

1 October 2015

Harvest 2015: the perfect season!

discover

See all articles