Vineyards & Cellar
Bottling of a Lingenfelder Vintage
Bottling the wines is the final step of the whole years work. LINGENFELDER wines are usually bottled after some months storage in wooden barrels (red wines) or stainless steel tanks (white wines).
As we do not fine or stabilise our wines in any way we need to wait until the wine has found its own balance before bottling. During this self-stabilisation process components like tannins and proteins react with each other and drop out naturally.
||Lisa is placing the empty bottles on the conveyor belt.
||The Filling Head of the Bottling machine works with a slight vacuum of about 50 mbar in order to remove any air from the bottles. The capacity of the machine is about 1800 bottles per hour.
||The Corker first blankets the wine with a small amount of CO2 before inserting the cork which prevents further oxidation.
||Oliver is loading the corked bottles into the box.
||The first layer of bottles in a box. Each box holds 440 bottles.
||Rainer's father (75 years old and still going strong) is moving the bottled wine into the storage area by fork-lift.