Our Thanks to Bucher Vaslin and KLR Machines

Bucher Vaslin and its subsidiary, KLR Machines of Sebastopol http://www.klrmachines.com/ who have agreed to be a University benefactor over the next three years in order to furnish the University and its students with the most up-to-date equipment, acknowledge the role and direct contribution of UC Davis' Department of Viticulture and Enology to the international wine industry. As the world leader in grape processing equipment, Bucher Vaslin is dedicated to supporting University research programs and their students in order to provide relevant and replicable applied research conditions to aid in the advancement of the wine industry globally.  In a series of meetings, KLR Machines and Department  of Viticulture and Enology faculty and staff have outlined specific needs for updating and expanding the University's wine processing equipment  in conjunction with the new Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.  Bucher Vaslin and KLR have agreed to provide the University with this equipment at a minimal cost.

Friday, Sept. 12, was the long-anticipated big day!  The new equipment arrived at UC Davis.  Chik Brenneman, our Winery Manager, and his crew, along with Dr Roger Boulton, were all on hand to help unload the Bucher shipment.  It included a brand new 22hL Bucher XPF membrane press (see photo),  Delta E2 destemmer, and Delta hopper and elevator. The press is capable of handling 2.5 tons of whole-cluster fruit or 4 tons of destemmed grapes. It will certainly give our winery a much-needed boost in both efficiency and quality of handling.  The Delta TR3000 elevator is designed to convey grapes to either the destemmer or the press.  The destemmer is the newest in the Delta E-series and will process about 1-5 of fruit tons per hour. After dumping into the hopper, the grapes are gently conveyed to the destemmer according to a pre-set processing speed. Everyone is very excited about how this new equipment will positively impact production for teaching and research at the winery.

However, our processing line is not yet complete as we are still in need of a must pump to place under the new destemmer.  If you can help us with this, or if you're interested in finding out how you can also become a benefactor, please contact either our Winery Manager, Chik Brenneman at 530-979-0342 (or cabrenneman@ucdavis.edu) or our Department Chair, Andrew Waterhouse, at 530-753-4777 (alwaterhouse@ucdavis.edu).  Your support is always greatly appreciated.