At Mills Reef Winery,<br />Tauranga,<br />New Zealand<br />Kat’s<br />Winery Industry Experience<br />
Back when I had a sneaky feeling of what I wanted to do...<br />The wonderful crew of Mills Reef took me under their wing and gave me the best experience of what winery work is all about.<br />
The Winery<br /> Located in Tauranga, in thesuburb of Bethlehem, Mills Reef Winery is one of only two wineries in this region.<br /> The company has both a winery and restaurant on site which is constantly busy with functions, casual diners and wine drinkers.<br />
My Involvement<br />Cellar hygiene<br />Racking from tanks<br />Racking from barrels<br />Filling barrels<br />Cleaning tanks<br />Bottling line procedures<br />Wine storage procedures<br />Additions to wine in tank<br />Additions to barrels<br />Monitoring DO’s (dissolved oxygen levels)<br />Cleaning barrels<br />Setting up gas floats<br />Tank transfers<br />Malolactic fermentation<br />Lees stirring<br />Lees recovery<br />
My Favourites...<br />Cellar work!!!<br />Being underground, with a cellar full of barrels to tend to and a number of tanks to rack.<br /> I did many oxidative rackings where the wine would be pumped through a large open pan before being transferred to barrel. <br />The Chardonnay cellar also became my home for sometime, moving the wine to and from barrels using Nitrogen gas. Here I learnt the valuable skill of cleaning barrels too!<br />
Bottling<br />The winery crew would often pitch in and help the bottling line complete an order.<br />This was tedious work!!!<br />But a radio fixes that!<br />Mills Reef has an expansivebottling line that they usefor their own wine but alsofor other local winemakersas a contract bottling operation.<br />
Thanks to the crew for the best experience!!P.S. This was my favourite wine.<br />
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