Humans of the Vine: Bottling

"This machine will produce about 1000 bottles an hour"

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With the crew operating the last bottling until next season, the pressure is on to make sure that this selection of Marquette perfectly finds its home in each bottle.  While bottling doesn't happen quite often, it does involve many patient hands in the process (And not just robotic hands either). Some of these patient hands include the Vineyard Manager and Head Winemaker Ethan Joseph, tasting room manager and Gallery Coordinator Rhiannon Johnson, as well as our Vineyard Assistants Josh Stecker and CJ Buzzy.

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The bottling process simply begins as plain, empty bottles are lined up and sent down a conveyer belt into our handy and efficient "bottling machine".  This machine is where a majority of our bottling is actually conducted.

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When entering the machine, the bottles are circled around on a carousel and pumped full of that good red stuff. Once they are precisely full enough the machine then corks the bottles and they move on down the line.

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We all know that little plastic wrapping we have to tear through in order to uncork and pour ourselves a glass; well that's the next step! PVC covers shoot down and are shrunk with heat to each bottle neck. Directly following, labels are spun around and stuck to each bottle.

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Once the completed bottles exit the machine, we need someone to catch them on the other side!  Strong arms needed for this job as the winery assistants lift and pack the full bottles into boxes and then stack those boxes onto pallets where they can be plastic wrapped and stored. Not only are they there to catch the bottles, but this is also a necessary step for quality control.

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Bottling wine requires a great deal of diligence and patience, something that our workers here are very experienced with.  Now you can see how our beloved wine is transformed into the bottle you have on your wine rack at home.  Come on over and experience a tasting, there's plenty of Marquette to go around!

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Authored By: Beth Abbott