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When I started the construction of my home winery I was looking for reclaimed lumber and met the owner of Groovy's Architectural Supply. Groovy's, as luck would have it, acquired a truckload of wine barrel lumber from the old Monarch Wine Company when they closed their Atlanta operations in 1999. Monarch was founded in 1936 when Prohibition ended. The state gave a tax break to Georgia winemakers and Monarch started with a storage capacity of 25,000 gallons (~95,000 L). I have repurposed a lot of their old winery into my own, allowing that piece of Atlanta wine history to live on in my basement. For more on my story, read the "Dry Finish" from June-July 2014.
Home-Built Wine Pump
I built this bottle washer to help with the huge task of bottling my wine. With this washer I am able to sanitize 12 bottles at one time quickly and easily. I got this idea from Alan Holtzheimer, the owner and winemaker of Silver Bell Winery in Burlington, WA. Please visit Alan at Silverbellwinery.com.
Home Winery Temperature Control