Thanks, again, to KLR Machines for new Bucher XPlus!
On September 16th, the Department of Viticulture and Enology took delivery of a brand new Bucher XPlus 22 pneumatic press. This is the second installment of a suite of equipment that KLR and Bucher generously discounted for our new LEED Platinum winery, scheduled for completion in August, 2010. The first press, a destemmer and inclined conveyor were delivered in time for harvest, 2008. Included with the new Bucher XPlus were a new Costal monoblock bottler and a new must pump. The pilot winery has struggled for years with less-than-state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, so these very generous donations are of real value to our program and, as such, are greatly appreciated.
The new press features two types of standard programming: automatic and sequential, which is ideal for pressing fermented red grapes; it is fitted with a patented self-cleaning draining surface made up of slotted channels to facilitate draining during filling and de-juicing during pressing; it has an integrated maceration function and an internal pomace guiding system that speeds up complete emptying; and , very importantly, dejuicing channels are washed in situ by using a high pressure washing gun, resulting in a great labor-saving over manual, labor-intensive cleaning and sanitation.
KLR and Bucher Vaslin were the first equipment company to offer to help us and we truly value both their leadership and support
So, now, we are just waiting for the arrival of our first students for the 2009-2010 academic year. We're off to a great start.