Going Sideways: How wine is made (part 2)

The Robert Mondavi winery is one of the largest and most modern wine aging facility in the world. This place is huge compared to the other wineries that are family owned! Here is a tour of the facility and how wine is made:

Old world wines like French, Italian and Spanish wines are named after the producer. New world wines like Californian, Australian, Chilean and South African wines are named after the grape variety. Woodbridge is known for their white Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Zinfandel. Taste and flavor starts with the grape variety used.

Harvest season is between August to October. This machine seperates the grapes from the stems:

They are later pressed. Skins are removed for white wine:

These redwood barrels date from the 1930’s and are still used today during the fermentation process:

(In picture is my sister Ana’s husband Christopher Arillo and Dianne our tour guide)

The modern fermenting tanks of today:

Wine is then aged in oak barrels under controlled temperatures:

Wine is then bottled, corked, labeled, and boxed for worldwide sales and distribution.


About Pam

Teacher, cook, foodie, wanderlust
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