Winery industry experience


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My time at Mills Reef Winery in Tauranga. By Katrina Allen

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Winery industry experience

  1. 1. At Mills Reef Winery,<br />Tauranga,<br />New Zealand<br />Kat’s<br />Winery Industry Experience<br />
  2. 2. 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 />
  3. 3. 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 />
  4. 4. <ul><li> The Mills Reef Range:
  5. 5. Riesling
  6. 6. Sauvignon Blanc
  7. 7. Gewurtztraminer
  8. 8. Chardonnay
  9. 9. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blend
  10. 10. Viognier
  11. 11. Elspeth (The specialty)
  12. 12. Chardonnay
  13. 13. Cabernet Franc
  14. 14. Cabernet Sauvignon
  15. 15. Cabernet Merlot
  16. 16. Merlot Cabernet
  17. 17. Malbec
  18. 18. Merlot
  19. 19. Syrah
  20. 20. One (French style blend)
  21. 21. Reserve Range:
  22. 22. Sauvignon Blanc
  23. 23. Gewurtztraminer
  24. 24. Viognier
  25. 25. Chardonnay
  26. 26. Cabernet Merlot
  27. 27. Merlot
  28. 28. Malbec
  29. 29. Merlot Malbec
  30. 30. Syrah
  31. 31. Pinot Noir</li></ul>The Wines<br />
  32. 32. 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 />
  33. 33. 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 />
  34. 34. 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 />
  35. 35. Thanks to the crew for the best experience!!P.S. This was my favourite wine.<br />