All grapes are hand-picked into small containers. The grapes are placed in small bins (¼-ton plastic cherry bins) for wineries or 36 pound net lugs for home winemakers. Grapes are placed in refrigerated trailers, hauled to cold storage, immediately placed in fast pre-cooled rooms for a minimum of 48 hours, and gassed with sulfur-dioxide. Grapes are then stored in refrigerated rooms until shipping.
Grapes are hand-picked into small picking tubs as shown above. Old Vine Zinfandel - Lodi, CA
For wineries, grapes are placed from picking tubs into quarter-ton cherry bins, that are vented for cold storage. Pinot Noir - Lodi, CA
36 pound lugs
For the home winemaker, grapes are field-packed from picking tubs into net weight 36 pound lugs for shipping. Sangiovese - Tracy Foothills, CA