I've gotten addicted to bottling this summer. It really is a great way to spend a day and it gives you a real sense of accomplishment to see the palettes fill up with cases of wine.
A couple of weeks ago I want out to Veramar Vineyards to help them with their bottling. Like most of the wineries in the area, Veramar does not have their own bottling line, so they use a bottling truck instead.
Using the truck means you want to get as much bottled as you can while you have the truck (the bottling trucks are generally scheduled a year in advance). So, that day we bottled 6 different wines.
The bottling truck is pretty efficient. All you have to do is adjust it for the size of the bottles and feed it the labels and it works very well. In fact, we had to stop a couple of times because of truck issues.
I was working with 7 other volunteers plus, Justin the winemaker, and his staff. They had pulled out most of the wine they wanted to bottle and placed it in containers that they attached a hose to and ran it into the truck. From there the wine was fed into the bottles and sent down the line to be loaded into cases which were then sealed, labelled and stacked.
Everyone worked hard and we managed to get through more than 600 cases by the end of the day.
I am trying to line up some time in the field over the next few weeks so I can get some good harvest pictures.