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November 2005
Buying Your First Bottling Line
Wineries who are considering buying their own bottling line—often due to economics, timing and lack of bottling control—need to consider leasing vs. buying, size, features and support.
by Bill Pregler
Most small wineries that produce, say, 5,000 to 20,000 cases per year, got started with very limited bottling equipment, usually a "bench-top" manual filler and possibly a semi-automatic labeler. As wineries grow and production expands, winemakers face one of two options: either hire a mobile bottling trailer or purchase a bottling line. And for many, the prospect of owning their own line is daunting. For many, salvation has been the mobile bottling truck, outfitted with all the necessary equip...
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