Sorting grapes at Girard Winery, Napa, California
Mark talks with Barbara Drady
Bubbly with all the right accompaniments.
Huge warehouse space as well
It's these 50,000 and 100,000 gallon tanks that allow this place to produce a half-million cases of wine.
This facility is HUGE
…to huge, 4-story high jacketed tank
Different sizes of presses, from small...
Fruit gets augered onto a conveyor that feeds into the press
Crane for unloading bins
Huge bladder presses can handle several tons at once
Equipment used for sorting and crushing
Each tank is individually temperature controlled
Tanks of all sizes, small...
Where smaller lots of wine are produced
Part of the automated bottling line
An old riddling rack—how some sparkling is still made—where the bottle is turned a small amount each day to allow the yeast to settle in the neck of the bottle
A labeling machine that applies a special adhesive to label the cold, wet bottles
Looking through the holes, you can see the coolant underneath
Bottles of sparkling are inserted upside-down into this bath to freeze the yeast in the neck of the bottle
Producing a sparkling wine requires a lot of special machinery to disgorge the yeast and refill the bottle
Note the crown caps sealing the bottle during fermentation
The bottles are stacked to overlap and make use of the available space
A cage being filled with a sparkling rosé
These smaller units are manually operated but perform the same function as the larger units
This machine automatically riddles an entire cage of wine by moving a small amount every so often.
The cages allow the bottles to be moved safely and efficiently
Cages filled with fermenting wine in the bottle
Sexy Wine Bomb
Automated bottling line