Our visit to Wineworks was interesting and amazing to see how fast and efficient they are able to bottle wine! On a good day Wineworks can produce 54 000 cases of wine and watching how fast and swiftly the bottles move down the line from being rinsed to filling with wine, then putting on a cap and labelling it up and finally being put in cases ready for being shipped out domestically or overseas.
We started out at where the wine comes in, either from underground lines that are connected to multiple wineries throughout Riverlands estates, which can then be connected to any line out in the production area. Or alternatively from wineries outside of the industrial area the wine arrives by tankers. Wineworks has zero owner ship of any of the wine that arrives on sight and they do not store any wine for clients.
We walked through the production area and watched the well-oiled machines pump out one heck of a lot of bottles! Staff will pull samples periodically to do analysis and make sure the bottles are being filled fully and labels are looking pristine.
It was pretty impressive going through where they store all the labels for clients. The amount was astonishing and amazing to see all the different styles and creativity wineries around Marlborough have.
We then went into the well-organized storage area, multiple forklifts cruising through and systems in place that make it easy for the workers to retrieve their cases needed to be put on trucks and shipped to destination.
Michael also took us through the many different types of bottles that can be used for bottling, like the burgundy style bottle that is very common bottle for most varieties of wine. Also, the multiple closures that range from a cork, a screw cap through to a glass cork called a Vinolok, which is a very stylish way to close your bottle but cost the most out of all closures.
Very cool to see how the final stages of making wine and where all the hard work of making wine finishes up.
By Emma Gordon