Wine is an alcoholic drink typically made from fermented grapes. Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol, carbon dioxide and heat. Liquor or spirit is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruits, or vegetables that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation. Examples of liquors include brandy, vodka, absinthe, gin, rum, tequila, and whisky.
VKPAK offer: filling machines, labeling machines, capping machines and other equipment to complement our filling machines. We created a range of products completely centered around the bottling of wine. Here we only discuss the industrial bottling and packaging equipment for wine(including wine and liquor), not the manufacturing process equipment.View Video
Wine is an alcoholic drink typically made from fermented grapes. Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol, carbon dioxide and heat. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts are major factors in different styles of wine. Wines not made from grapes involve fermentation of additional crops, including rice wine and other fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, currant and elderberry. Most wines are sold in glass bottles and sealed with corks. An increasing number of wine producers have been using alternative closures such as screwcaps. [From Wiki]
Liquor or spirit (also hard liquor, or distilled alcohol) is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruits, or vegetables that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation. The distillation process concentrates the liquid to increase its alcohol by volume. Like other alcoholic drinks, liquor is typically consumed for the psychoactive effects of alcohol. Liquor may be consumed on its own, typically in small amounts. In undiluted form, distilled beverages are often slightly sweet, bitter, and typically impart a burning mouthfeel, with a strong odor from the alcohol; the exact flavor varies between different varieties of liquor and the different impurities they impart. [From Wiki]
In addition to overflow filling machines, we also offer gravity filling machines and piston filling machines for wine filling.
VKPAK offers several different types of bottling equipment and configurations with specific applications to your industry. Gravity filling systems are suitable for bottling virtually any water-thin to medium consistent viscosity liquid. Our gravity bottling machine is ideally suited for thin, foamy products. Overflow fillers provide the same fill level, making them ideal for filling transparent containers that must have a consistent fill level. Gravity and pressure overflow fillers are designed to handle thin to medium viscosity products.
VKPAK bottling equipment can be manufactured in sanitary configurations to meet a wide variety of applications. Our sanitary bottling machine is designed with quick breakdown fittings, valves and pumps to be used where needed. All reservoirs have flanged quick disconnect fittings so that the filler machine can be easily and thoroughly cleaned.
We also offer hazardous location bottle filler options where Class 1 Division 1 classification is desired due to explosive vapors. This type of filler machine features a purged control enclosure, static dissipative conveyor belting, and sealed motors to help prevent ignition of these vapors.
wine & liquor are often packaged in clear containers, whether glass or plastic. One of the best options for clear containers by far is the overflow filler. Unlike equipment that may fill by volume or net weight, the overflow filler ensures each bottle is filled to the same level even where the interior volume may differ slightly from bottle to bottle. This allows spirits to be placed on the shelf with a consistent fill level adding aesthetic value to the product and package. While some distillers may opt for a gravity filler or piston filler to fill product by volume rather than level, the overflow filling machine is by far the most popular filler produced by VKPAK for wine & liquor.
Capping And Corking Machines
Probably the most common machine for sealing bottles in the wine & liquor industry is the corking machine. Partly due to the rise in craft distilleries that most commonly use glass bottles with T-corks, these machines use a chute to deliver cork like closures to the bottle and typically tamp them down to create the seal. Distillers using plastic bottles for their spirits tend to lean more toward threaded, or screw-on type caps. For these closures, automatic lines will likely use a spindle capper, while smaller distillers may use handheld or semi-automatic chuck capping machinery. As in any industry, the closure will determine the type of capping machine, but the corker and spindle capper are probably the most common.
Regulations for wine & liquor often require certain information to be located at a certain place on the bottle, such as alcohol content, health warnings and the name of the importer or bottler. Labels are used in most cases to present such information. For most of the typical bottle sizes listed at the beginning of this article, both front and back labels will be applied to present the required information, along with logos, brand names and more. The exception to the rule being the 50ml bottles, which will often use a wrap label applied around the entire bottle. The labeling machinery will be manufactured to place the labels according to the desired orientation of the distiller, and one is not necessarily required over the other.
All of the equipment mentioned above can be built for both automatic and semi-automatic production, to fit the specific needs of the individual distillery. Other equipment may also be found on wine & liquor packaging lines, such as rinsing machines for quality control, power conveyors for automated systems, bottle loading and accumulating equipment including turntables and packing equipment to prepare cases or other multi-bottle containers for shipment. wine & liquor lines may even contain a combination of automatic and semi-automatic equipment, as each bottling project will differ from the next. An analysis of the goals and growth of the distillery can help determine the best solution for any given packager of wine & liquor.