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$1 million expansion completed at The Vintage Wineworx
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Leading contract winery, The Vintage Wineworx, has celebrated the completion of its $1 million expansion with an official opening at the winery in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
Officially opened by one of Australia's most respected wine critics and wine writers, James Halliday, the function was attended by Vintage Wineworx staff and clients, representatives from the wine industry, local politicians, and the media.
Construction on the $1million expansion commenced in July and has resulted in a new 650m² shed and bottling line being added to its current 950m² production facility. This enables The Vintage Wineworx to provide a complete service to its clients under one roof.
Managed by award winning winemaker Dr Di Miller, the expansion is expected to increase the winery’s current annual production from 750 processed tonnes in 2007 to approximately 1000 tonnes over the next three years. Wineworx are extending its waste water system to cope with the increase of tonnage and are also planting 200 native trees.
The new storage shed is located ‘mirror image’ to the current building and houses the new bottling line. It provides a barrel storage area and has doubled the winery’s barrel capacity with room for 2000 barrels. The shed also allows storage for packaging pre-bottling as well as packaged wine.
The new semi-automated bottling line is Italian made and consists of a rinser, filler, capper or corker, and in-line labeller. It can process 1200 bottles per hour and was selected due to its low oxygen pick up so the wines quality is maintained.
Dr Miller believes the extension is a natural progression in the development of the winery.
“The expansion has been welcomed by our clients as we can now offer a complete service from the vineyard to the bottle,” Dr Miller said.
The Vintage Wineworx major shareholder, Terry Hogan of Xabregas, said the next two years will be a defining period in the history of the winery.