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basket press

basket press (GB)

Traditional wooden grape press in round shape. It consists of a permeable wooden robe (basket) and a metal spindle, which is connected to the press cover. Newer models are made entirely of metal. Such presses are usually operated by hand. By slowly increasing the pressure, the grapes can be gently squeezed out. They are used very specifically today, especially for special wines such as high quality red wines. noble sweet Wines and Eiswein, The disadvantage is the relatively small capacity, but especially the strong oxidation and the big problems or effort in keeping clean.

Basket presses - in old wine cellar

The advantage, however, is the relatively low, gentle pressure. In the Champagne For this reason, in some houses special basket presses are traditionally still mandatory for the production of the best champagne qualities. Even with big producers, like for example Mondavi (California) are those in use. Another traditional press is the Torggel or the very similar tree press, which work by means of leverage. The process of grape pressing and other variants of these devices, see the keyword Press,

Basket presses - on the Bisamberg near Vienna in front of an old wine cellar

Pictures below: Alfred Deak Wien

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