Once you’ve seen the winemaking operations at one winery, you have pretty much seen them all. These days, certain equipment has now become de rigueur for any modern facility: stainless steel tanks with glycol jackets, bladder presses, crusher-destemmers. If you visit enough wineries, you will see these items over and over again, and you may even begin to recognize specific models of each. After a while, the winemaking facility itself can only provide a passing interest to the seasoned visitor (and the focus should be on the wine, not the winery, anyhow). I did discover an exception to this rule, however, when I toured the state-of-the-art facility at Palmaz Vineyards yesterday.
Built into Mt. George on the southern tip of the Vaca Mountain Range, Palmaz Vineyards is an incredible winery, to say the least. The winemaking operations are completely underground, occupying a space that is [… read more …]