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As promised today’s post is all about bottling wine! I took these photos at the winery the other day of the process! Are you ready to jump in with me?

Once the wine has finished fermenting, and aging, the wines are sampled and are sometimes blended with a bit of other varietals to smooth out or soften the wine. This process is unique to each winery! As we get ready to bottle, pallets of empty wine bottles are brought into the tank room and set up near the bottling line.

The tanks

The tanks

Hoses connect from the tanks to the bottling line equipment. Here are empty bottles set out and ready to go through the line.

Bottles ready to be filled with wine

Bottles ready to be filled with wine

From this point the bottles get filled with nitrogen. As the bottle fills with the wine, that gas will sit on the surface of the wine and will help to prevent spoilage of the wine. Here is a shot of Chardonnay being added to the bottles.

Wine going into the bottles

Wine going into the bottles

From this point, the bottles move down the line to a section of the machine that pushes a cork into the bottle.

Cork goes in

Cork goes in

Then the cap goes on the bottle.

Slide on the cap

Slide on the cap

From here it passes through a machine that pinches the cap so that it molds to the top and rim of the bottle, further sealing the bottle of wine.

Then it heads on down the line to the area where the label gets attached.

The wine makes its way to the labeler

The wine makes its way to the labeler

Once the label is affixed to the bottle, it heads to the end of the line where it is placed into a carton, which gets sealed and then stored until it is ready to be released!

I hope that you enjoyed this trip down the bottling line today! Have a great Saturday, and many thanks for taking the time to stop by today!

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