Your Winery Tour: What to Expect
Bring a jacket. It is cold inside, just like a cave — 58 degrees F. This is the best temperature for storing wine because it limits microbial growth. You’ll learn about this and more during the tour.
Everything inside our state-of-the-art winery is engineered to control the environment necessary to produce the best wine possible, from the ground up. When you take a tour of our winery you will learn about the quality of our grapes, the quality of our equipment, and the quality of our processes.
Our winemakers believe that proper sanitation in incredibly important in creating great wine. As a result, everything in the Tank room can be washed and sanitized.
- The walls are made of PVC so they can be easily washed down.
- The lights and plugs are waterproof.
- The stainless steel tanks can be easily washed and sanitized. We wash and sanitize every time we use a tank, before and after it is emptied or filled. We climb inside to clean.
- Stainless Steel Tanks. Five 510-gallon. Stainless steel imparts no flavor to the wine like plastic can. These were manufactured by Vance in New York who worked with us so that we could design them to meet our exact specifications. We designed the tanks so that they are fully jacketed so we can control the temperature during the manufacturing process.
- Complete Laboratory. We can do all of our wine testing in-house.
- Temperature Control. We run 26 degree food grade glycol to individual tanks through the pipes on the ceiling. When the temperature of a tank rises above the temperature at which we have the thermostat set, a ball valve opens and the glycol flows through the jackets to cool the tanks. Heat is a byproduct of fermentation. Keeping the wine cold helps to retain the fruity aromas and flavors to enhance your enjoyment of the wine.