Wine Production to UK Taps!

Frizzante on Tap / Glera grape used in Prosecco

In Veneto, Northern Italy near Treviso at the foothills of the dolomite mountains is where the prosecco grape “GLERA” grows. Its temperature is ideal, soil is gravely & silty and positioned in clayey plains. Frequent pruning throughout the growth stage and once ready, careful harvesting starts in the Autumn using mostly machinery. The wine is then taken to the next stage of production…

 

After the careful harvest of the grapes it’s now time to start making wine! 

The harvested grapes are destemmed, then gently pressed to separate the must from the skins. 

Within a large tank or vat, two fermentation processes now take place often blending with wines from prior years. The second fermentation takes place once yeast and sugar is added. 

The tanks are sealed which results in carbon dioxide being trapped in the wine…that’s BUBBLES! 

Once the wine hits the desired alcohol level around 11%, it’s cooled and filtered to remove the yeast and other by products resulting in a stable and clear product.

 

The kegging of wine takes place, industrial machines are used to take the wine from the tanks. A large connection is used to fill the kegs straight from the tank. Labels are then place on by hand, then palleted with 30-33 kegs per pallet and shrink wrapped.

 

The wine makes its journey from vineyard to our UK warehouse in Swindon, Wiltshire where it’s carefully stored. 

Requests come in via our online shop, email, phone call or even text message when the wine is carefully picked, packed and dispatched on a next day service nationwide. 

 

Tap it, pour it – Ahhh fantastic wine! The GLERA frizzante is a light and aromatic wine with a simple taste. 

Why our Customers do Wine On Tap?

Why our Customers do Wine On Tap?

 

There’s plenty of write ups, blogs, articles on wine on tap, however, we decided to ask some of our 150+ customers why they love wine on tap!

 

Here’s a few snippets of feedback with the top reasons why our customers work us:

“At outdoor events it’s chilled and fast – easy when we have high demand”
Mobile Bar, Wales

 

“It saves space and promotes our brand environmental friendly concept”
Wine Bar, Midlands

 

“The price point for good house wine helps, plus, speed of service”
Public House, North England

 

“No fuss, good wines & fast”
Restaurant, London

 

At The Sparkling Wine Company we want wine to work for you and your customers, we live off the recurring trade and shall only recommend it to bars with appropriate needs such as volume and speed requirements. There are segments of the market who could benefit from the speed and customer experience that wine on tap brings.

 

There are also a bucket load of reasons which back up why businesses shift high volume house products to draught

 

Improve prominence of non-beer drinks on the bar

Reduced bottles = many things such as

   Reduced weight, resulting in less Co2 emissions (50%+)

   Reduced labelling, less effort and ~25  fewer labels

   Reduced corks or caps, ~25  fewer caps

Improved shelf life = less wastage – no throwing away bottles not fully used

Speed of service = staff can focus on customers and provide an overall improved human to human experience at the venue

Reduced space = more products available to sell or increased table space for more customers

 

…We can talk all day about the benefits!

Don’t all good ideas start in a bar?

Founding The Sparkling Wine Co – Don’t all good ideas start in a bar?

We’ve been asked a few times recently about our story…why did we start the company? Where did you start it?…

We met in a busy bar whilst queuing for drinks. Both of us were ordering drinks for friends. One was ordering a glass of wine, a beer and a cocktail – at first this task to buy drinks for friends was thought to be a simple one! Following a 10 minute queue, a hustle to attract the bartender and 5-6 minutes to serve the drinks…That was after finding the appropriate wine, and of course awaiting the creation of the cocktail followed by the quick pouring pint of beer. Not only that, half of the cocktail was wasted! Who know’s if someone bought another glass of wine from the bottle.

We felt like hero’s at work to get served at the bar – all we wanted was a great tasting drink, faster!

A few days later the desire for great tasting drinks along with fast service remained absolutely crystal clear – this created The Sparkling Wine Company which is now evolving into the “ON TAP” drinks brand as we expand.

…don’t all great ideas start at the bar!?

Check out what we offer here

 

Effervescent Points in Wine Glasses

Effervescent Points

What does it mean!? It’s merely a widget at the base of the wine glass to allow the bubbles to move around and preserve the fizz. The discrete cluster of etchings at the base of the wine bowl result in the wine being encouraged to move upwards enhancing the presentation of fizz.

This is commonly found in a lager pint glass and less frequently in wine glasses. However, with over £1 billion worth of sparkling wine sold in the UK every year it’s important to use appropriate glassware. 

No matter the sparkling wine you decanter into a glass if that glass is worn, or has few imperfections the fizz may appear limited or even flat. Decanter the same sparkling wine into a glass with an effervescent point and you’ll see the bubbles flow! 

Check out our Instagram for a video on the difference @thesparklingwineco

 

What is the sparkling in wine?

There is natural gas trapped within the wine through it’s fermentation process – the gas will come out of the liquid by using rough surfaces or particles to concentrate on. That’s why using effervescent points at the base of the bowl enhances this process of bubble creation.

 

You can buy glassware from many glassware retailers – we have a few partners we could recommend so get in touch. Enjoy your sparkling wine!

Vegan Wines on Tap…its vegan month

Vegan Wines on Tap – Our guest blogger this month is our Operations Specialist Kerry all about Vegan wines…

Whilst it would be easy to assume all wine is vegan given wine = fermented grapes, the filtration and fining process necessary to achieve clarification of wine traditionally requires the use of eggs, intestines and even fish bladders! Not a pleasant thought, right?

Thankfully no such ingredients are used in any process whilst producing our fantastic wines on tap.

What else about our vegan friendly wines on tap;
•The wine maintains a higher level of the antioxidant reservatrol an anti-ageing agent! Due to the reduction of chemicals and preservatives.
•Lower levels of sulphites mean a reduction of sulphite-linked reactions commonly assumed to be associated with headaches and rashes. Reduction of chemicals used in the process not only contribute to a healthier you, but also a healthier eco-system.
•Finally, we think it’s safe to say the lack of harmful preservatives certainly gives the wine a fresher taste.

We’ll drink to that ~ Cheers!

On a serious note, no bathing in wine to look younger – Drink responsibly

New to ON TAP drinks? or, just wine or cocktails

8 years ago when we started the business it took us time to learn about dispense systems – what pressure, what is the keg coupler, how do I connect it all together, what’s best Co2, air or mixed gas, line length, line thickness? Arrghh! We know full well the uncertainty that can be around setting up a new dispense system for ON TAP drinks.

 

We’ll start with the flow of how wine is dispensed in a traditional set up…

 

Want to know more? Here’s our customer on-boarding document in PDF to give you some more details and a diagram of the flow

Italian wine classifications

Ever wondered about wine classifications – those 3 or 4 characters on a label?

Here’s a quick guide…

VDT “Table wine” Typically a mixture of grapes from the local region

IGT “Simple & Young wines” Mostly young wines from grapes grown locally

DOC “Controlled” This is where you’ll start paying a little more – but still affordable. A DOC wine will follow regional wine making rules.

DOCG “Guaranteed – follows strict guidelines” Vineyards can only grow so much of it, wines have longer aging periods, and must pass a taste testing by the goverrnment licensed personal.

 

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Why Us

Award Winning Vineyards and Famous Cocktails
We provide your customers with award winners!

NEXT DAY DELIVERY
Nationwide we do small orders on next day - Order by 12pm - certain lines

SERVICE MATTERS
We want to ensure you are satisfied and will do our very best to make sure that happens

SATURDAY DELIVERY
No problem we’ve got it - Order by 12pm on Friday (via phone / additional charge)

NATIONWIDE DISPENSE SERVICE
Nationwide network of professional installers

WINES ON TAP / COCKTAILS ON TAP
It’s not just the frizzante, we do still wines and the best cocktails! YES - in a keg!

BOTTLES
A full range of bottled prosecco plus, Cremont & English Sparkling

RECYCLE
Our one-way kegs are GREEN- fully recycable