Where I work, we bottle our wine mainly on site. The person in charge of the production is always playing between budget and delay. Once you have your brands, not much changes from one year to another, but you can not buy pallets of bottles, cardboard, caps, palettes for all year. It would be a lot to storage need and empty spaces a the end of the year. You also need an insulated warehouse to regulated the temperature once the wine is bottled. There is the cash flow to consider . Suppliers offer reduced prices, for bigger orders, but it is a lot of money to get out in once. It would include storage, workers at the bottling line and wine who take more space after than stored in a tank.
We have all our bottle already chosen. We follow the traditional choice which is the glass bottle. It handles the pressure of the CO2, there are affordable options around sizes, shapes and colors. It is made partly from recyclable glass and can be recycled again. Standard types are made locally for reasonable prices. Inconveniences are the weight, the volume for transport and the fact that is breakable. A more customized bottle will bring the cost up and probably will be also longer delay to receive it, as it will come from overseas. There are other options like bag’n’box, cans, kegs, etc, but there are currently minor.
Once the bottle is picked, the person who manage the production is on the hurry to know the alcohol level to finalize labels. But she can have different labels, depends on the destination, but it is hard to predict how much each country will buy along the year. It is where, it is interesting to do a clear front label. We can at least have a descent order of front one and have several small order for the back label. A big part of labels are not made locally made (USA), and every effect (like foiled, etc) will add suppliers, cost and delays. Some shapes are also harder when you calibrate the labeler and it can have waste.
Closure are 70% aluminum of screw cap in NZ. Made of recyclable material, cheap and quite reliable compare to cork. Lux cap involve labour and tool cost. Vinoloc are good and elegant but expansive….
We personnaly design our cardboard box like many : without vintage and print it when just before they go on pallet. We can use them a year to an other. But there is still the dilemma of the complexity of the box: 6 or 12 packs, divider included or not, etc.
On a side, there are tapes, plastic pallet wraps, and pallets stock to look at. Wraps can be recycled and will require storage and logistic. They are different types of pallets. They can worth money, so it is important to spend time on logistics. There is the blue empire, CHEP, who are used around the world and are in a loop as where ever they goes they can be reuse. CHEP fixed them if need it. Other (Arora, Charta) use the same reusable rincipe but at different scales
The idea with a bottling plan is to leave the wine as long is possible in tank and playing with true orders and order predictions, delays of production and deliveries and cash flow. It is a big job, but it is saving us money and giving flexibility. Bottling companies offers more bottling options but they are more expensive, the wine get an extra transportation and they require more times for booking.
Sometimes, it is worthy to have a bottling plan close by the consumer and send it in flexi or Iso tank. It is saving on weight and volume during the transport, and suppliers can be closer, but it is hard to control the quality at the same time…
winework – powerpoint
bottling and packaging powerpoint