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171 Camino Dorado
Napa
CA, 94558
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707-258-3940
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Amy Aiken

ColloPack Solutions

ColloPack Solutions is a Napa, California based company serving the American Wine and Beverage industries. We were founded by an experienced group of industry professionals with the goal of becoming the supplier of choice to customers demanding the finest available equipment and supplies, backed by unmatched after-sales service and technical support.

ColloPack Solutions' comprehensive processing and packaging equipment product lines offer top quality state-of-the-art equipment for virtually every major step in the winemaking processes.

Our sales and technical staff, with literally hundreds of years of cumulative experience, can help you select the equipment best suited to your unique requirements and provide the after sales service and support so essential to product quality and process efficiency.

Processing and Packaging equipment for the wine and beverage industries


PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

    Destemmers and Crushers, 2 to 150 tons per hour: DIEMME

    Presses (pneumatic presses, vertical basket presses): 500 to 75,000 liter capacity: DIEMME

    Continuous presses up to 1,200mm diameter: DIEMME

    Grape sorting and reception lines:DIEMME

    Pumps(must): DIEMME, FRANCESCA

    Pumps (juice, wine and barrel work): FRANCESCA

    Tanks: ALBRIGI

 

PACKAGING EQUIPMENT

    From one item to a fully integrated turn key line:

      BERTOLASO rinsers, fillers, corkers, cappers, conveyor

      ROBINO & GALANDRINO capsule dispensers and applicators, wirehooders

      CAVAGNINO & GATTI wet glue and pressure sensitive labelers

      CAMES cork orientation

      CHAMPAGEL and PERRIER sparkling wine equipment

 

SUPPLIES

    Sparkling wine cork: OLLER

   

 

 

 

 

 

Bertolaso Superbloc Bottling Line
Bertolaso Superbloc Bottling Line
State-of-the-art automation and controls integrated into a superbloc at 230 bpm for wine bottling. Every unit of operation from the blower/rinser to the exit of the labeler is coupled and driven by brushless motors. ColloPack Solutions is responsible for the installation, line integration, and ongoing support of this line.
Bertolaso 45bpm
Bertolaso 45bpm
Bertolaso 45 bpm bottling line. Entire line supplied and installed by ColloPack Solutions.
Collopack Oak Ridge Installation
Collopack Oak Ridge Installation
230 bpm syncrobloc for wine bottling. Turnkey solution from automated microfiltration and line CIP to automated case packing and palletizing.
Bertolaso Counter Pressure Filler
Bertolaso Counter Pressure Filler
A short video of the largest counter-pressure (isobaric) filler ever made in Italy. With more than 185 filling valves, this monster had to be transported at night with police escorts as the autostrada was closed.
Bortolinkemo Automated Depalletizer
Bortolinkemo Automated Depalletizer
Fully automated depalletizer offers the ability to automatically remove the shrink wrap, and collect all slip sheets and pallets. Patented system for shrink removal provides a unit that is completely operator independent.
Machine Vision Inspection on Wine Bottling Line
Machine Vision Inspection on Wine Bottling Line
Complete Concannon Winery bottling line supplied by ColloPack Solutions features two Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision machine vision systems. The first checks wine bottles for fill level and cork presence and the second checks label presence and final bottle appearance.
Shadybrook Estates Manages Water Use and Production Cost with the Help of Specially Designed Tanks

In California, no resource is more important than water, which is why water management has been a top priority in the wine community for years. For the award-winning Napa winery, Shadybrook Estates, water saving is even more imperative because its facility operates as a ‘hold and haul’ production facility, meaning that all their wastewater needs to be collected and then trucked to a treatment plant in the East Bay.

“We’ve got water savings on our radar for a couple of reasons, first and foremost for planet Earth; we try to use as little as possible and be as sustainable as possible, but the less we use and haul away is also beneficial for our bottom line,” says Rudy Zuidema, Winemaker at Shadybrook Estate.

One of Shadybrook’s largest water savings come from their sanitation practices. “We have some pretty unique devices that create a foam out of our sanitation chemicals, so we’re not using hundreds of gallons of water to mix up large batches of chemicals to clean out tanks,” says Zuidema.

The foam uses a very small amount of chemicals to cover the inside and outside of the tanks like a shaving cream. The foam lingers on the equipment, it sterilizes it, and then only needs a quick little rinse off afterward using only a minimal amount of water.

The foam cleaning is facilitated by the unique bright annealed (BA) finished stainless steel interior of the Albrigi tanks. It is superior to the more common 2B stainless steel finish and has a significantly lower roughness range.

“The stainless steel is so finely polished that there are virtually no little fissures where tartrates and other solid particles can lie, everything just flies off the tank, it’s such a perfect surface,” says Michael Andrews, Associate Winemaker at Shadybrook.

“When you have a tank with a rougher surface, you need stronger chemicals that would not be facilitated by the foam, so you’d have to mix that up in a minimum of fifty gallons of water,” explains Andrews. “The chemicals would have to be dissolved in hot water. Then you’d have to circulate that chemical through the tanks for twenty minutes. Then you’d have to rinse that tank, and then you’d have to neutralize that chemical with citric acid, again circulating it for another ten to twenty minutes using another fifty gallons of water for the neutralizing chemical, and all the water and chemical would end up going down the drain into the septic system.”

In addition to the immense water savings come time savings in getting tanks ready quickly, which can be crucial with large harvests like this year. Shadybrooks vineyard yields have been exceptionally high, and temperatures in the 70s and low 80s and cool nights have setup true maturity and ultimate ripeness, but with a 20% larger than normal harvest the winery has been extraordinarily busy.

Andrews appreciates the time savings that efficient sanitation practices affords him. “It’s a significant difference. It would take roughly two to two and a half hours to process a regular tank to sanitary. I can have the Albrigi tanks in this winery cleaned sanitized and ready to go in less than twenty minutes,” he says.

All the equipment in the winery was supplied by ColloPack, who also do all the service and maintenance on the equipment. “Their techs have been fantastic, their service has been very very good. It’s all state-of-the-art equipment and keeping it up and maintaining it is very very important to us,” says Andrews.

Shadybrook boasts 18 Albrigi tanks ranging in size from 2 ton fermentors up to 12 ton fermenters. ColloPack also supplied them two different styles of wine presses, a tank press and a basket press made by Diemme.

“They are very different, and both very efficient,” says Andrews,” but the basket press is so simple to use and is such a great twist on old world and old school winemaking where it is just direct pressure without any tumbling, without any flipping up the material, but just a long slow gentle increase of pressure, and the quality of wine that comes out of this press is absolutely fantastic. The yield is slightly less than from the tank press, but the quality is absolutely fantastic.”

In addition to Albrigi tanks and Diemme presses, ColloPack Solutions’ comprehensive processing and packaging equipment product lines offer top quality state-of-the-art equipment for virtually every major step in the winemaking processes.

For more information visit ColloPack Solutions at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo booth 117 & 119 on Dec. 6, 2018 in Santa Rosa, call 707-258-3940, or email info@collopack.com.

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DAOU: Where Everything Is Selected to Achieve the Highest Quality
31 May, 2018

Winemaker Daniel Daou and his brother built the magnificent DAOU winery on top of DAOU Mountain in the western hills of Paso Robles, not for the sheer beauty of the place, but for its potential to achieve their vision of making world class Bordeaux style wines. “The terroir here is unique; it may be the only place on the planet you’ll find the calcareous clay soil of Bordeaux and the climate of Napa all in one place,” says Daou.

“We take a very different approach to winemaking here, we tend to be minimalist and try to present as much as we can a pure expression of terroir, so we shy away from tartaric additions, tannin additions, and sugar additions. Part of that process is to make sure we have a gentle pump that will allow us to move the grapes, move the must, and move the juice without damaging the wine.”

Ten years ago, DAOU tried out several different pumps to find one that could handle the many long hours of harvest and be gentle enough to not damage the grapes. They only found one that would do the job, the Francesca® pump.

“California is hot, so you’re often forced to harvest before you have 100% brown seeds. The last thing you want to do is crack these seeds open because it can release bitterness into the wine, and it can really affect the quality,” explains Daou. “Same when it comes to bruising the skin. I don’t mind cracking the skin open, but you don’t want them smashed. The Francesca is kind of amazing, when we process the grapes, we can put the whole grapes into one end, and they come out whole in the other. It’s a very, very gentle pump.”

The fruit from DAOU Mountain is hand-picked, then sorted both by human eye and cutting-edge optical technology to ensure the highest quality fruit. They use only 100-percent free run juice and initiate fermentation with native yeasts cultivated from the estate. Careful treatment of the grapes is essential to achieve the natural balance and texture Daou strives for. He says, “If you’re ending up with mush then you have a hard time finishing the fermentation, the yeast doesn’t digest the sugar, you get all kinds of problems. I’ve seen pumps do that, I’ve seen pumps that just shred everything.”

The gentle movement of fruit, wine, and juice was the main reason for selecting the Francesca, but other features like the barrel filling mode, pressure sensors, pressure transducers, run-dry timer, and pump-over mode play an important role in making the winemaking run smoothly and efficiently.

“The pump-over mode is very helpful,” says Daou, “my guys don’t have to use their watch, they just set the timer on the pump, and when the time is up, it stops.”

DAOU sometimes processes grapes for twelve to fourteen hours per day, non-stop, and they rely on the pumps to keep going. Daou was impressed by the reliability of the pump. “When I first got these pumps I started thinking, surely they’ll start failing left and right if we beat them up fourteen hours a day for two months, but they didn’t, they just work. These pumps are rock solid.”

Having equipment that allows for smooth and effective operation is important for the quality of the wine, but when something does fail, Daou values having a supplier that is always ready to help. “I love working with ColloPack! They understood our vision from day one. Craig, the president, has been very helpful. In the last ten years, I probably called him twenty times on a Sunday or Saturday night, and every time he picks up the phone and says ‘how can I help you?’”

Daou believes any business needs to focus on two of three facets to be successful: price, product, or service. “For our winery, we pride ourselves on great product and great service; we’re one of the most expensive wines in the region, so clearly we’re not going to compete on price. I feel ColloPack is the same, they have a great product – actually, they come close to having all three – but I’m not after price, I’m after great service and great product.”

DAOU has continued to add to their line of Francesca pumps over the last ten years and are now up to 27, more than any other winery in the world, and they also have three DIEMME presses from ColloPack Solutions.

“Growing up in Europe, maybe I think a little differently, we’re not transaction oriented, we’re relationship oriented. If we work with somebody, and we have a good relationship, we don’t go somewhere else just so we can get something for a dollar less because we’ve invested in the relationship,” says Daou.

“Because we focus on making the highest quality wine, we want great service, and we want a great product.”

In addition to Francesca pumps, ColloPack Solutions’ comprehensive processing and packaging equipment product lines offer top quality state-of-the-art equipment for virtually every major step in the winemaking processes. For more information, contact ColloPack Solutions, call 707-258-3940, or email aaiken@collopack.com.

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ColloPack announces New President
14 March, 2016

ColloPack Solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Richardson as the company’s new President. Craig will manage day to day operations including leading the development and execution of ColloPack’s marketing and sales strategy and customer satisfaction goals.

“Craig’s demonstrated technical sales and people skills along with his successful management experience make him the ideal person to lead the ColloPack team,’’ said Greg Fulford, Chairman of ColloPack.

 

Craig, previously ColloPack’s VP of Technical Sales, has been with the company for 10 years in sales and product management positions. Before joining the company, he served in pharmaceutical production management positions including Director-Transdermal Manufacturing Group for ALZA Corporation. He is a graduate of California State University in Chico with a BS in Industrial Technology.


Maintaining Your Critical Wine Equipment
03 April, 2014

Don't Trust Just Anyone...

ColloPack Solutions is the factory-authorized dealer for your equipment, so your factory warranty is never jeopardized by non-authorized repairs. Our team of service technicians are highly trained, certified, and know your equipment inside out. The parts we use are factory-authorized and we maintain a comprehensive and continually updated spare parts inventory.

 

The Benefits of Proactive Maintenance

Wine Equipment Service and Sales

ColloPack's Maintenance Solutions will help you reduce equipment downtime, improve production efficiencies, prolong equipment life, lower replacement parts and maintenance costs over the life of the machine, minimize emergency service calls and provide a safer working environment for your employees.

 

A Customized Approach

Because every winery’s specific maintenance needs are different, we don’t offer a “one-size fits all” program.  Instead, we offer a customized program tailored to your winery equipment, personnel, production requirements, and budget. We will meet with you, review your equipment, listen to your needs and put together a program that works for you.


ALBRIGI Tecnologie
06 July, 2012

ALBRIGI has been a leading European supplier for over 30 years producing premier quality tanks for the wine, beverage, food and pharmaceutical industries. Multiple unique features set ALBRIGI products apart from other manufacturer's' providing distinct advantages in cleaning and sanitation as well as umatched esthetic appearance. In addition to traditional fermentation and storage tanks, Albrigi produces a wide range of specialized tanks including multiple types with unique cap management systems.

- Albrigi uses only the highest quality "BA" finished stainless steel sourced exclusively from Thyssen Krup of Germany. "BA" finish (bright annealed) is superior to the more common "2B" finish in its significantly lower roughness range.

- Albrigi tanks are fabricated with an automated TIG welding process under a double inert gas atmosphere (argon plus nitrogen). A copper bar supports the area being welded serving as a heat sink to quickly cool it. These procedures produce a "white" weld with virtually no oxidation.

- Vertical panel welds and top and bottom horizontal welds are cold rolled flat and then polished to a mirror finish, seams are nearly invisible.

- Welds are pickled and the tank interiors are passivated as standard proceedure.

- Final water test and glycol system pressure test insures that Albrigi tanks are both statically and mechanically sound.

- Albrigi's use of "BA" finished stainless steel in conjunction with their exclusive welding protocol, mirror polished welds and final passivation step results in a surface which can easily and effectively be cleaned and sanitized without detergents.

- The visual aspect of Albrigi tanks is unmatched in the industry.

- Albrigi tanks carry a 25 year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.


ColloPack's reference lists include many notable small ultra premium wineries as well as a number of the world's largest. Our winery customers process from forty tons per season up to 10,000 plus tons per day; ColloPack's bottling line customers run between forty and 500 bottles per hour. All of our customers, small to large, benefit from the quality, technology and value of ColloPack equipment as well as the after sales service and support behind every sale.

We would be pleased to provide a list of satisfied references pertinent to your specific equipment needs.

Title Name Email Phone
VP, Engineering Rick White rwhite@collopack.com (707)258-3940
VP, Sales Phil Giacalone pgiacalone@collopack.com (707)258-3940
VP, Administration Dave Means dmeans@collopack.com (707)258-3940
Sales Craig Richardson crichardson@collopack.com (707)258-3940
Sales (Pacific Northwest) Ned Morris nmorris@collopack.com (509)730-9188
Sales Mike Wegman mwegman@collopack.com (707)696-7098
Sales Adam Bloom abloom@collopack.com (707)724-1134
Francesca Pump
Francesca positive displacement pumps are extremely gentle on must/wine and versatile. Francesca pumps are self-priming and can pump must (without shearing skins and crushing seeds), juice, wine, lees, fill and top-off barrels. They ...

The Benefits of Proactive Maintenance

ColloPack's Maintenance Solutions will help you reduce equipment downtime, improve production efficiencies, prolong equipment life, lower replacement parts and maintenance costs over the life of the machine, minimize emergency service calls and provide a safer working environment for your employees.

Don't Trust Just Anyone with Maintaining Your Critical Equipment

ColloPack Solutions is the factory-authorized dealer for your equipment, so your factory warranty is never jeopardized by non-authorized repairs. Our team of service technicians are highly trained, certified, and know your equipment inside out. The parts we use are factory-authorized and we maintain a comprehensive and continually updated spare parts inventory.

A Customized Approach

Because every winery’s specific maintenance needs are different, we don’t offer a “one-size fits all” program.  Instead, we offer a customized program tailored to your winery equipment, personnel, production requirements, and budget. We will meet with you, review your equipment, listen to your needs and put together a program that works for you.

 

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