Oak Farm Vineyards (Lodi, CA) has brought online its newly completed, 7,000 case/year production winery, just in time for the 2014 harvest.
The greenfield winery complex features a 2,000-square-foot tank room, 2,000 square feet of barrel storage, and a 1,800-square-foot production pad, in addition to a laboratory, offices, and 3,400 square feet of tasting and conference facilities.
Oak Farm Vineyards is owned and operated by the Panella family, which has been active in winegrowing and other agricultural ventures in the Central Valley for three generations.
Prior to the completion of the new facility, Oak Farm Vineyards had been making wine at the Estate Crush facility in Lodi. “Having our own facility will give us greater flexibility across the winemaking cycle, and will enable us to increase our production systematically over time without having to compete for tank and barrel space with other producers,” said Managing Partner Dan Panella.
Winemaker Chad Joseph and General Contractor Steve Nickell collaborated on the design of the production facilities.
The new Oak Farm Vineyards winery is outfitted with 12 custom-built Albrigi closed-top, jacketed, stainless-steel tanks ranging from 528 to 2,668 gallons in capacity; a Diemme Kappa 15 destemmer and Diemme Technova 40 press; and a custom-fabricated vibrating sorting table and press hopper, both from Brugstahler Machine Works (St. Helena). The tanks and press were procured through Collopack Solutions (Napa).
Other equipment includes:
• Francesca F05 and Carlsen & Associates Waukesha 130 pumps
• Cascade Quick Fork Connect forklift bin dumper
• AaquaSteam steam sanitation/sterilization system
• KEW Poseidon 7-67 pressure washer
• Aaqua Blaster LT barrel washer
• Cloud Sellers Troll Ball tank cleaner
• Westec pump-over sump cart
• Radoux Cooperage and TW Boswell barrels
• Western Square barrel racks