Bottling 2012 Reds

I was in class for the early part of the day, these photos were taken during lunch as all hands were required when the line was running.

First thing in the morning the bottling truck pulls up to get set up and cleaners run through the machine in preparation for bottling.
First thing in the morning the bottling truck pulls up to get set up and cleaners run through the machine in preparation for bottling.
Bottles are loaded at the front end of the line, actually at the back right of the trailer.
Bottles are loaded at the front end of the line, actually at the back right of the trailer.
Automation is fantastic - bottles are filled to the precise level as they progress along the bottling line.
Automation is fantastic – bottles are filled to the precise level as they progress along the bottling line.
In this case we were using all screw caps and people were needed to place them on the bottles as they passed by so the machine could secure them to the bottle with an impermeable seal. Some machines can place the caps on as well.
In this case we were using all screw caps and people were needed to place them on the bottles as they passed by so the machine could secure them to the bottle.
Looking into the back of the trailer: the beginning of the bottling line is at the right, bottles are cased and sealed before coming down the conveyor for stacking.
Looking into the back of the trailer: the beginning of the bottling line is at the right, bottles are cased and sealed before coming down the conveyor for stacking.
Each box comes down to be labeled with a front label of the wine being bottles and stacked on pallets.
Each box comes down to be labeled with a front label of the wine being bottles and stacked on pallets.From tanks to bottles, the 2012 reds:
From tanks....
From tanks….
...to cases.
…to cases.

 

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