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Winemaking

Barrels 

 

The HMS Supertoad trailer loaded with barrels headed to the winery.

 

Bins Waiting

 

Bins waiting for Merlot to be harvested.

 

Dumping Macros

 

Dumping macro bins of Merlot into the feeder that provides a steady supply of grapes to the sorting table and then to the destemmer and crusher.

 

Tasting

 

Continuous tasting throughout the winemaking process is brutal work, but a highly trained and dedicated professional is always up to the task. Sampling Merlot during fermentation and trying to predict the final outcome.

 

Jacketed Tanks

 

Checking on the progress of the cold stabilization of the Viognier prior to bottling.

 

 

Filling bins with destemmed, crushed grapes.

 

 

Dad is pretending he is going to spray me with the hose while we clean the bins to get them ready for grapes.

 

 

Cleaning the tank before wine goes into it.

 

Sorting

 

Sorting out the leaves at the destemmer.

 

Helpers

 

So happy to be helping with harvest!

 

Pressing

 

Getting our new press dirty!

 

Exhausted

 

This manual press is exhausting!

 

empty

 

Done pressing. Time to empty the press.

 

barrels

 

Getting barrels ready to fill with wine.