Plastic Barrel made in Italy, where it was possibly used in an orchard or winery. It was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto family at their home in Thornbury, circa 1980s - 1990s. The barrel was used for fermenting grape juice after first stage of crushing process. The family originally used plastic rubbish bins to do this, switching to this barrel in the 1980s. The Di Benedetto family began making wine in the 1960s, and in the early years the wine making was very much a family affair, with everyone contributing to the annual ritual. As the family dispersed, Vito di Benedetto continued to make wine once every three years, with the assistance of Maria and often his daughter Angela, until his death in 1991.

Physical Description

Grey plastic barrel with concentric ridges at top and bottom. Top has been cut off by hand.

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