Harvesting grapes meant starting the process that beget not only wine itself, but a whole new season of work and commerce. Even the leftovers from pressing found valuable uses as animal food or fertilizer, not to mention the grapes used for typical Fall recipes, or the must employed to make jams and preserves. Until the 1950s, all of the above was more than enough to excite the populations of rural areas into action, as haste was paramount to make the best of use of the short span between full ripeness of the grapes and their spoiling. All the harvesting, moving, pressing and barreling was naturally done by hand (and feet), hence everyone from children to elders lent theirs to complete work in time. This meant the unusual collaboration of normally insulated families, meeting much more people than it was common and take advantage of being assembled next to each other. Harvesting time, traditionally starting on Saint Martin’s day (November the 11th), thus became the date for many beginnings. Reopening of schools and tribunals, payment of land leases, markets and more all happened on this day, almost as if it was a sort of new year’s eve. And how could people not to celebrate such an occasion?