Naked Full Moon Grape Harvest

Vintner Mike Hayes of Queensland, Australia, is planning to recreate an ancient ritual to improve his wine. That means picking the grapes under a full moon sans clothing.

Mr Hayes, 48, from Symphony Hill Wines on the Granite Belt, said he was studying 4000-year-old winemaking techniques as part of a Churchill Fellowship.

He said the first records of naked harvesting and naked crushing of the fruit with bare feet came from Georgia, an independent state of the former Soviet Union and the birthplace of winemaking.

"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."

"I know some people will think I am mad with a double D.

Hayes grows dozens of rare alternate varieties of grapes, and his winery was awarded five stars. Link -via Arbroath

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