This is the process of raki-distilling, when the grape-must is converted to liquid fire! The must is what remains once the grapes have been pressed for wine.
A proper ritual, raki-distilling is naturally performed all over the island after the harvest and in particular between October and mid-December.
The event takes place at the kazania – around the stills themselves, which are to be found wherever grapes are grown: some almost industrial in scale, other very much a cottage industry.
Usually the process of manufacture is accompanied by a small feast – food, wine and obviously warm and fresh raki! All this has an important and central place in society as raki, or tsikoudia, plays a vital part in Cretan culture.