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Ensuring a Successful Wine Bottling Day

August 2017
by Andrew Adams

Yountville, Calif.—Bottling day doesn’t have to be hard. With a little preparation, good supplier relationships and well-maintained equipment, bottling can be a smooth and efficient process.

Three experts with decades of experience in bottling operations will offer detailed tips on how winemakers and other production staff can ensure bottling takes place with as few headaches as possible during a panel discussion at the fourth annual Wines & Vines Packaging Conference taking place Aug. 16 at the Lincoln Theater in Napa Valley.

Other topics will include how best to use new bottling technology, working with mobile rigs and changeovers for different closures or alternative packaging.

Kenwood Vineyards chief winemaker Pat Henderson will provide insights and perspectives from his more than 30 vintages of winemaking experience. In addition to his time at Kenwood, Henderson is a former winemaking instructor with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Joining Henderson for the session about bottling will be senior staff members from two of the industry’s largest bottling services suppliers.

The bottling discussion takes place in the afternoon of a day full of educational sessions that will range from effective packaging design to how some wineries are incorporating sustainability in their packaging strategies.

Winemaker Corey Beck will discuss Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s diverse and eye-catching packaging and how staff works to accommodate innovative designs that range from four-packs of sparkling wine in 187 ml cans to bottles of Claret wrapped in a traditional gold net to a red blend named Vendetta that comes wrapped in a black paper bag that appears covered in bullet holes.

Allison Jordan of Wine Institute and the California Sustainability Winegrowing Alliance will lead a trio of winery supply chain and marketing professionals in a discussion about finding and sourcing green wine packaging.

Other highlights of the conference include a trade show of wine packaging suppliers, wine tasting bars and the chance to participate in one-on-one packaging consultations with designers on site.

Attendees will also have the chance to vote for the winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award, part of the Wines & Vines Packaging Design Awards. Wineries across North America have submitted samples for a chance to win an award in one of five categories that include Best Classic Format, Best Package Redesign, Best Luxury Package, Best Alternative Format and Best Package Series.

Full-day registration costs $199 and includes lunch. For more information, visit

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