CCO 410 Wine Finishing

Bottling and Shipping

Back to the classroom for our second to last day of studies, today we looked at the setup of a bottling line and the many different ways wine is stored and shipped in.  There are quite a few options when it comes so dispatching wine. The winemaker can have it bottled and packaged on site via own bottling equipment or a mobile bottling set up. If not the wine can be trucked off to an offsite facility, a 3rd party provider such as WineWorks. As well as these options there is also bulk wine dispatch in the form of ISO train cart containers or Flexi bag containers.

33% of NZ wines are exported via bulk wine dispatches allowing for large volumes to be sent around the world as one flexi bag can hold between 14,000 to 24,000 L of wine. This is also a cost saving advantage as more wine can be shipped out compared to that of a container filled with bottled wine. The need for less shipping can also reduce carbon emissions due to less of a need to have multiple containers.

Canned Wine, light, easy to pack and quite stylish when out for a picnic.

Next we looked at wine packaged options. Glass bottles are still all the rage making up for 73% of wine sales in the US back in 2014. This is possibly due to in grained traditions that a wine always need to be in a glass bottle and the colour and shape of the bottle immediately makes people think of wine. However now there are different ways of packaging and some are quite in a way outlandish.

Such as wine in aluminium cans which oddly enough is gaining traction here in NZ as they are lightweight and recyclable and marketed as easy to transport.

But the oddest one of all was wine in Tetra Paks which are a commonly used liquid package in the milk industry and now a little bit in the wine industry. This method of packaging was not widely received in the class however.           

Tetra packed wine, not as visually appealing as a glass bottle or even a can in my opinion
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