Region to reap the benefits of Sidewood investment
Sidewood’s commitment to quality continues with the completion of their multi- million dollar canning and bottling facilities at their Nairne winery in the Adelaide Hills wine region.
The new, privately-owned bottling facility allows Sidewood another level of quality control as they now own the entire winemaking process; from growing their grapes on their family owned Adelaide Hills vineyards, through to crushing, fermenting and maturing all their wines at their own winery. The state of the art winery, not only focuses on recycling of water but has improved its sustainability through a majority of its power use being sourced from solar power. The evolution or the business now includes bottling their wines and ciders at the same premises.
Fruit used in Sidewood ciders are 100% Adelaide Hills grown and Sidewood is one of the few cider producers in Australia who crush fresh fruit, ferment, keg, can and now bottle all under the one roof, all within their Nairne winery.
The bottling line can fill and label up to 3,000 bottles per hour with an annual capacity of over 5 million bottles.
There are very few bottling lines in the Adelaide Hills and Sidewood’s counter-pressure line is a “first” for the region. The facility will allow third-party contract bottling for other small, medium and large wine, cider and beer brands.
Owner of Sidewood Estate, Owen Inglis spoke of the benefit to the region,
“The growth and demand for Sidewood Estate wines locally, nationally and internationally has prompted the need for the expansion which both Sidewood and the entire region will benefit from with this new bottling line”
“Until now, local producers often have had to go as far as Port Adelaide, Barossa or McLaren Vale to bottle wine and ciders which can prove costly, but also importantly, due to the tyranny of distance, make it difficult for producers to monitor the packaging process of their own products.
“Providing regional producers with a quality alternative for local processing will be a highly attractive option for wineries and cider houses looking for commercially viable bottling and canning solutions, said Owen.
As well as bringing employment to the region and helping the producers of the Adelaide Hills, for Head Winemaker, Darryl Catlin these facilities give him total control over the Sidewood winemaking process from start to finish, thus making it easier for him to continue to produce Sidewood’s award-winning wines and ciders of the highest quality.
“These facilities will help give Sidewood another edge in quality terms and the benefits of control. This is another example of Sidewood’s commitment to quality and the ability to have a vine to glass philosophy,”
“We are able to do medium to small batch bottling and on many levels including under pressure and all products in between including cork, 30 and 31.5 mm screwcap and crown seal.” Darryl said.
The bottling and canning facility has been part of a four million dollar expansion program at Sidewood’ s Nairne winery which was assisted by a SA State Government Regional Development Fund grant of $856,319.
To enquire about utilising Sidewood’s contract bottling and canning services please contact Alex Bogdanovic 08 8389 9234.