A property, a building or a business that is involved in producing wine is called a winery. Some wine companies own multiple wineries. Large wineries own wine making equipment, warehouses, laboratories, bottling lines and also farm tanks, that are large tanks or expanses.
The employees are winemakers and their job is to produce wines from various grapes, respecting the process of winemaking, from the fruit’s fermentation to blending and aging the juice obtained. The grapes are not only from wineries’ production, they can also be purchased from near by locations. The wineries are alluring tourists with special designed tours, including also a rich winery architecture, exquisite cellar doors and tasting rooms for the customers that want to try the wine before buying.
Wineries can be accessible nearly everywhere, even if the large public usually associates them with the famous wine making regions like Italy’s coasts or the south of France. Europe is full of great wineries, and besides the classical France or Italy, they can also be found in Spain, Germany or Portugal, among many others. Eastern Europe can also be a great destination for wine tasting, as Romania is one of the largest producers in the world. Many of these wineries have been around for centuries, and one example would be the Antinori winery, which has a history which dates back over 600 years, to the year 1385, and it was under the same family that it worked during this entire time.
Grapes can be distributed anywhere, and this makes wineries flexible, they don’t need adjacent vineyards for running their businesses. Plus there are wine varieties made from other plants or fruits, like dandelion, apple, strawberry or even Maui’s pineapple wine, and specialized wineries will prosper in the areas where these other prime materials are grown.
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