Bottling is the last step that the wine takes before reaching your tables. This is also a delicate process: the wine must not be polluted by external agents and must not undergo jumps in temperature.
Our bottling line is fully automated and protected and can process up to 3,500 bottles per hour.
Bottling begins by using the depalletizer through which the bottles are taken from the pallet of the glassware and placed on the conveyor belt.
The bottles are then transported inside the filling monobloc where, as a first step, they will be subjected to blowing with nitrogen in order to eliminate foreign bodies in the bottle.
Before being filled, the bottles are blown again with nitrogen to eliminate the air inside them. The Filling machine, therefore, fills the bottles up to the established level.
The bottles, once filled, continue their journey on the conveyor belt up to the Capping machine. After a last blow of nitrogen to avoid the presence of air between the cork and the wine and slow down oxidation, the bottles are finally corked.
The journey of the bottles continues up to the wine capsule machine which, by means of six rolling heads, applies the polylaminate capsules on each individual bottles making them adhere perfectly.
Once encapsulated, the bottles are “dressed” through labelling. Our labelling machine has an optical centering device to avoid overlapping the welds ensuring perfect adherence. The ten heads of the labelling machine apply the front label, the back label bearing information about the wine, the band, the “Gallo Nero” logo intended for the bottles of our Chianti Classico, and finally the batch marker on the back of the bottle
Now the bottles are ready to be boxed; while they continue their journey on the conveyor belt, the Cartoning machine develops three-dimensional cartons, gluing their lower part. Bottles and cartons meet in the Case packer machine which, depending on the format, packs them flat or vertically.
The next step is through the Box taping machine which stops the upper flaps and applies the batch and code to the package by using an ink printer equipped with a drying UV lamp.
The path continues up to the Scales to check that there are no discrepancies with the expected weight: the margin of error is 20 g.
The last step of the process is through the Palletizer, where the cartons are packaged on pallets in higher and higher layers. The palletizer can be set to work according to the size of the pallet and the customer’s requests. Once the pallet has been composed, the Automatic pallet wrapper machine packs it for transport.
The special packs are carried out by hand. Our employees fill the boxes according to the buyer requests, then they pass them through the wrapper machine that seals and labels them with the reference batch number.
The journey of the bottle inside Nozzole Estate, where bottling also takes places for the wines from all the other company’s estates, ends here. Now a new adventure begins towards wine bars, restaurants, home tables and a shorter one towards our Shop and Tasting Point where you can taste, through the Wine Experiences, all our wines.
When the bottle is uncorked, the journey of our wines, which began in the vineyard, ends. A path of excellence that can last up to four years, after a long stop in the Barrel Room.