With its 12-inch-thick, insulated walls, serious temperature control, a deep concrete foundation and floors that slope toward drains, the change from a produce facility to winery was pretty painless. Out went the stainless steel tables for making mixed green salads and in came the stainless steel tanks for making wine. With a few tweaks here and there, the transformation was complete.
Currently we have 16 variously sized tanks inside and space for about 1,800 barrels. Our outside crush pad has a few more tanks and room for three different presses
(two bladder presses and one basket press). Because almost all of our Pinot Noir is harvested in a three week period, we have 34 six-ton open top tanks to handle the on-rush of fruit. In both 2009 and 2010, we filled every tank, which made for a lot of punchdowns!
Balletto Vineyards & Winery
5700 Occidental Road • Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707.568.2455 • ballettovineyards.com
Pinot Gris, Unoaked Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Rosé, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah
Open: Everyday, 10:00am – 5:00pm