Bottling Our First Wine!!!

Marquette bottles being filled

After years of preparation, hard work, and many delays, we’re FINALLY bottling our first wines this week!  We’ll start serving it in the tasting room in about two weeks…it needs a little time to settle down after bottling, and we want to get a few kinds bottled during this next week.  As I write this, all of the Frontenac is bottled and the Marquette is being finished up.  Unless something changes, we’re planning on August 31st as our first day serving wines!

We’re REALLY excited to finally be bottling!  Plus I thought it was a really cool process.  So I thought I’d break it down with photos and a video to show how the bottling line works.  If you don’t want to read, I guess you can just skip to the video at the bottom of the post. 😉

Empty bottles
We start with plain, empty bottles.
Bottle labeler
The empty bottle is placed in the labeler, which spins the bottle, applies the label, and rolls it smooth.
Filling the bottles
Next the labeled bottles are sparged with nitrogen (to replace the air inside) and placed onto a nozzle to fill.
The filled bottles are then placed into the corker, which (I guess obviously) inserts the cork.
Corked bottles
The corked bottles are now ready for their foil capsule.
Tightening the capsule
Rollers press and smooth the capsule to shape it to the bottle.
Bottles of Frontenac
And we have a finished product!
Bottle of Marquette
Frontenac was day 1; Marquette was day 2. Stay tuned for Wine pages similar to our Cider pages, with full descriptions and better photos. Coming soon.

And here’s everything in motion:

8 thoughts on “Bottling Our First Wine!!!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Kathy. You can bring your own food for the outside seating but not into the tasting room. I’m afraid we can no longer allow any non-Bent Ladder beverages on the premises (inside or outside) after we’ve had several groups trying to sneak in their own alcohol (which will get us into major trouble with our license). We also have available a selection of appetizers like bread boards, cheese trays and hummus, as well as hosting food trucks every Friday and Saturday evening. The hours are currently Thurs-Sat noon-9pm. Thanks for your interest!

  1. Ellie says:

    My partner and I live in Cleveland and have pretty much made Bent Ladder a monthly stop. This is just icing on the cake. Congratulations on all your success, and we can’t wait to be back!

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