An expansion of Nevada’s largest winery has made it even bigger. With more space and new technology, Pahrump Valley Winery is taking its business to a whole new level.
A fully-automated bottling machine is finally up and running at Pahrump Valley Winery. Co-owners, and husband and wife duo, Bill and Gretchen Loken say it’s a far cry from what came before it.
“It’s really a dream come true,” said Bill Loken said.
The new technology fills each bottle with wine, puts the cork in, and even slaps on the label. This creates a steady stream of product for Pahrump Valley Winery.
“If you can believe this, we’re going from 500 bottles an hour with eight people, to 2,000 bottles an hour with three people, so it’s faster, it’s more efficient, and it’s more sterile for the wine,” Bill Loken said.
It’s part of the winery’s nearly two million dollar expansion. The Lokens have also added 7,000 square feet to their facility because of their growing business.
“We used to do the entire production for the entire winery, in this room,” Bill Loken said.
But, now they’re using the area as a storage for the barrels, as well as an event space.
The real star of the show in the facility is the new bottling machine.
“It means the world to us because now we can finally expand,” said Gretchen Loken. “We can work with these Nevada vineyards; have more Nevada fruit, produce more Nevada wine and just increase our production.”
Pahrump Valley Winery says using a machine like this isn’t just about meeting their current production; it’s about preparing for the future of Nevada’s wine industry.
“We’ve got lots of new Nevada wines that have been planted over the last several years, and they’re just starting to kick in this year. Next year we’re going to see a substantial growth in Nevada grapes, and then the year after that we’ll see another growth cycle, and so on and so on,” Bill Loken said.