By Kori ~ March 15th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is custom crush facility.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Custom crush facility is an American term for a winery specializing in vinifying grapes on behalf of many different vine-growers, typically those without their own winemaking equipment. The various wines are kept separate and marketed by the growers under their own labels. Such operations have played an important part in establishing ambitious new wine producersâ€¦.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
A custom crush facility offers space, winemaking equipment, and winemaking services to their clients. Some small wineries use such facilities to make their own wines before they can afford a facility of their own. Other wineries or individuals rely on such facilities to do the bulk of their winemaking for them. A couple of custom crush facilities that immediately come to mind are Artifex in Walla Walla, Washington, and Crushpad in Napa, California.
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