Yesterday, I posted my father's notes on the Trebbiano and Malvasia that we picked yesterday and that will be used to make our Vin Santo.
After the grapes are picked, they are situated on these mats made out of reeds.
Then the workers hang the mats as in this photo and the grapes will dry in the "vinsantaia" until December. Note how the windows in the vinsantaia will provide natural aeration for the "appassimento" or "drying" of the grapes.
Here's a video of the grapes being situated on the mats.
Once the grapes have made their "appassimento", in other words, when they have dried properly, they will be vinified and the wine will be aged in "caratelli", small barrels used for the production of Vin Santo.
Here are the caratelli from the 2007 vintage for the Vin Santo of Il Poggione.