Hand Bottling Large Bottles at Santa Barbara Winery

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Here Winemaker, Bruce McGuire, is hand bottling 1.5 liter bottles. First he fills the bottle with an inert gas, such as nitrogen, to protect the wine from exposure to oxygen – which accounts for the the gas cylender in the background.

The wine used is stored in beer barrels and is pushed into the bottles by the same inert gas used to protect the wine at bottling. Bruce will also fill 3 and 5 liter bottles and occasionally a 9 liter bottle.

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