Bottling the bounty

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Wine Studies students are busy bottling wine at Chemeketa Eola. It’s an annual tradition but this year they get to use some new equipment. In the past students have hand-bottled their wines using a 6-bottle filler. This year they used a mobile bottling service which is the industry standard. No wonder. With the hand-bottling filler students can finish about 100 cases in four hours. The mobile bottling line packs over 350 cases in the same time period.

Students are bottling the 2016 whites and the 2015 Pinot noir.

Program administrator Jess Sandrock predicts the wine will be labeled and ready to  sell by September.

“We are so excited to start sharing the good work of our Wine Studies students,” Sandrock says.

Watch for a future announcement on the release date and how the wine can be purchased.