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WA winemaker heading to SIMEI
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Congratulations to Daniel Pinelli, of Pinelli Wines in the Swan Valley, Western Australia, who is heading to Italy next month to attend SIMEI in Milan after winning Australia and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker’s ‘Win a trip to SIMEI’ competition.
He edged out 70 other entries with his response to the question ‘What is the last major winery equipment purchase you made and how has this item added to your winemaking quality and productivity?’
“Management was nervous, winemakers were excited … and then it arrived – the new automated airbag press,” Pinelli wrote.
“What did it mean to the teams? The automatic pressing cycles increased pressing efficiency enabling the winemaking team to divert its attention to the important aspects of quality control and monitoring throughout the winery.
“Management, with the bank shaken due to the large capital outlay, still weren’t happy.
"However, the new technology resulted in more delicately flavoured wines and sales increased with many show awards; production then grew.
“Now management asks, ‘What else can we buy to take us to the next level?’
“Both teams won!”
And Pinelli has also won – return flights to Milan to attend the world’s leading exhibition for machinery, equipment and products for winemaking, bottling and packaging, along with seven nights accommodation.
“I’m very excited to be going to Milan to see a whole range of equipment we wouldn’t normally see here in Australia, and identifying what we can add to our equipment list,” the winemaker said.
He will take advantage of the trip to visit relations in Rome and southern Italy after SIMEI, and visit local wineries to look at alternative varieties.
“I’m interested in looking at alternative varieties that haven’t yet been introduced to Australia, especially with being based in the Swan Valley – it links itself with the Mediterranean climate and those varieties,” Pinelli said.
It will be his first trip to Milan and his initial SIMEI experience.
He became a winemaker at Pinelli Wines, a second-generation family business, in 2002 after previously working as a structural engineer.