Apr 29, 2009, 5:51 AM
Post #9 of 10
At the winery the Mexican workers would separate themselves into two groups: the vineyard workers and the cellar workers.
The cellar workers would be more apt to mix with the office workers but there was no mixing with the vineyard workers.
One day I asked one of the older man who was working the vineyard to work in the cellar. It was harvest time and we need ed more of our regular employees to work in the cellar.
At lunch time we all sat at a long table in the court yard. The winemaker, a few lab workers the cellar master, the vineyard manager and all the cellar workers at the same table. I notice that the old man was seating on the floor in a separate area eating his tortillas, I went to ask him to sit with the cellar guys and he told me he would rather eat where he was. Later on the winemaker asked one of the guys to go and tell him to sit with us and the man finally did it but under great duresse and sat there eating lunch not talking to anyone. The tabu about not mixing was strong.
I notice the same thing happening at the fiesta at the end of the harvest. All the vineyard workers would come dressed to the 9 with new jeans , new hats, shiny boots and expensive belts , they all had a great time drinking and eating but stayed in their own area.
It was interreting to watch as in France too we have a strong class system and people do very little mixing betwen the classes but the barriers usually come down during the harvest and the harvest fiesta nothing like that from the workers who were working for us in California.
The rule was an unspoken one and came from the workers themselves.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Apr 29, 2009, 5:52 AM)