A modest sign marks the entrance to Rack & Riddle
Our guide at Rack & Riddle, Mark Garaventa, V.P. of Business Development
Cages filled with fermenting wine in the bottle
A cage being filled with a sparkling rosé
The bottles are stacked to overlap and make use of the available space
Note the crown caps sealing the bottle during fermentation
The cages allow the bottles to be moved safely and efficiently
This machine automatically riddles an entire cage of wine by moving a small amount every so often.
These smaller units are manually operated but perform the same function as the larger units
Producing a sparkling wine requires a lot of special machinery to disgorge the yeast and refill the bottle
Bottles of sparkling are inserted upside-down into this bath to freeze the yeast in the neck of the bottle
Looking through the holes, you can see the coolant underneath
A labeling machine that applies a special adhesive to label the cold, wet bottles
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
Part of the automated bottling line
Where smaller lots of wine are produced
Tanks of all sizes, small...
…to huge, 4-story high jacketed tank
Each tank is individually temperature controlled
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
Equipment used for sorting and crushing
Huge bladder presses can handle several tons at once
Crane for unloading bins
Fruit gets augered onto a conveyor that feeds into the press
Different sizes of presses, from small...
Huge warehouse space as well
Bubbly with all the right accompaniments.
Sampling the product
Shiners of sparkling wine
John Drady and Mark lead a tasting of the final product
Mark talks with Barbara Drady
Winemaker, Penelope (Penny) Gadd-Coster
It looks like they open a lot of wine here.