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On your Sonoma and Napa winery tours, you will likely see a large machine that looks like it has a huge corkscrew in it leading up to a conveyor. This is the De-stemmer/Crusher machine. Once picked by vineyard workers and collected into bins, grape clusters are transferred to the De-stemmer/Crusher. This machine will separate and discard the stems (which contain bitter and unwanted flavors) and then lightly crush the grapes into a pulpy mass of juice, skins and seeds called “must.” Prior to fermentation, the skins and seeds of the white wine grapes will be removed from the juice or “pressed” by means of a large air bag press, which inflates inside a large steel cylinder forcing out the juice.
The driver/tour guide Roman was great. The Wine Country tour far exceeded my expectations.
I thought it was going to be a large bus tour, it was not, the tour was just what I was looking for. It was very enjoyable and informative. We have recommended this tour to the folks that were on our SF trip that did not go, and now regret it.
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