In the village of Kioni, Ithaca, Greece we see one of the many family vineyards during harvest time toward the end of summer of 1981.
Before the tourist economy of the last few decades agrarian pursuits such as vineyards, dried fruit, wine making, olive groves, fishing, fruit and vegetable fields, wheat and flour production were the main sources of income for the inhabitants, and provided for a virtually self-sustainable food economy. Most of the agrarian infrastructure of the island was implemented during the Venetian period of 1504 – 1797.
During and following the British period 1809 – 1864 newly developing colonies such as Australia called for persons with agrarian skills and many including skilled viticulturists migrated to begin setting up those industries in far off lands.
Today many of the Ithacan vineyards are overgrown and neglected, however some are in use to this day, including the vineyard depicted here, which is still being tended to by Makis Raftopoulos and his wife Koula.
Filmed on Kodak Super 8mm Cine Film. Frame by Frame digital scan and edit was done 2018.