Once more, the Levin team joined Virgin for a Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 at the famous stadium Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Levin oenologist and wine maker, Benjamin (picture below), presented the Levin Domaine and served our prestigious wines from 11:30am to 4:30pm in a spacious reception room, with a view on the preparation of the stadium for the ICC Champions Trophy Final the next day, England v India (victory of India: India 129-7 (20 overs) beat England (124-8) by five runs). Warm welcoming, conviviality and exceptional wines made of this event a pleasant moment. Next wine tasting will be on Thursday 4th July at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.
From Monday to Wednesday last week, vintage Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Gamay 2011 have been bottled at the winery Levin Wines, in the Loire Valley.
These are the different stages of this process:
– first empty bottles are put by hand on the conveyor belt
– second, bottles are turned over, rinsed and turned once again to have the neck in the top
– third, the filling machine fills bottles with wine
– fourth, the automatic capper fixes the screw-cap
– fifth, the labelling machine sticks the label, the counter-label and medals
– sixth, the last step is the packing in a carton and the putting on the palette
Between 15,000 and 16,000 bottles have been bottled a day. Magnum and half-bottle have also been done for the Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and half-bottle of Gamay 2011. Some bottles of Sauvignon Blanc 2012 have been prepared too.
Below, the stages of this process in video
Since mid-May the de-budding activity has started in the vineyard of the Domaine Levin in the Loire Valley. It entails to remove superfluous buds or shoots from the vine’s trunk in order that the vine focuses its energy on fruit production and ripening. Wine-growers take a row and walk down the length of it to debud each vine. Temperatures, which had considerably risen this week (27°C are forecasted for this afternoon with a beautiful sun), helped plants to grow. De-budding will last few weeks more. Vine flowering has slowly started and will continue until June.