Irulegi Irratia


  • Recording date: 1999-10-04
  • Owner: Euskarabidea-mediateka
  • Informant: Dominique Etxegaray
  • Main theme: Vineyard and wine manufacture.
  • Permission to query: Free
  • Permission to publish: Limited
  • Sound quality: Good
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Piece Time Summary
A07 00:41:10
If the weather is good, the vines do not catch any disease. In the old days there were less diseases than exist nowadays, so that there were some very good years. During the grapepicking they would sing. During the days of the cornharvesting they also had long enjoyable sessions. Nowadays everything is done very fast. (45:30") Goodbye.
A06 00:36:00
A05 00:22:33
There have been diseases, but he has not seen any.(23:10”) They would pick the grape in October. They would put them in big vats and they would press the grape with their feet. Later they bought a machine and they would do it at the vineyards. They would take it home and put it in a “zubana” (big barrel). They would mix the red and the white grape. They would check the fermentation and they would take it out in November or thereabouts. Then they would put the must in barrels. They would leave it until the beginning of December with air, and then they would cover it well. In the new moon of March with good weather they would change the barrel. The barrels were of 300 pints as they did not have enough wine to fill a tun (600 pints). As soon as they were emptied they were cleaned and left to dry.Nowadays there is less wine drunk in the houses. The methods of payment have also changed. About wine production at present.
A04 00:20:50
A03 00:09:55
At that time the work was done with the animals and with one’s hands.They would plant in March or April. How they used to do the work.(12:40”) How they used to do the grafting. A vineyard can last for a hundred years. The one in his house was set down in 1914 and it was used up until 1980. The pruning was done in winter.The other tasks and questions to take into account.(17:35”) In the old days they used to say that when the vine was in flower it was not possible to tie. He was in a house as a serving boy. The master told him to tie down with the vineyard still in flower. Anecdote. He didn’t notice any difference. People say that cutting should be done when the new moon is out. He does not pay any attention to that as he has got his own system.
A02 00:06:20
A01 00:00:00
Introduction.(02:25”) He has known the vineyards since he was a kid, as there were some in every house in his village. Wine was not made to be sold but only for consumption at home.When he was a child there were many classes of vine, besides the “noa” but he does not remember them. The “noa” produced white grape and this was not nice to eat but it did serve to make for good wine.
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II-145a-A 47:17
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