Dolavs bring in the harvest
The vineyards on the Luxembourg banks of the river Moselle are still covered in mist when the harvest activities commence in the early hours of the morning. A recurring process which takes place every year during the months of September and October.
The vineyards are those of Domaines Vinsmoselle and cover 850 acres of land. The Vinsmoselle cooperative was founded in 1921 and nowadays includes the wine cellars of Greiveldange, Grevenmacher, Remerschen, Stadtbredimus, Wellenstein and Wormeldange. This makes them the largest producer of wine and sparkling wine- crémant - in Luxembourg with a range of over 300 quality wines.
Hand picked grapes carefully emptied into Dolavs read for roadside collection.
In between the vines, the pickers are manually selecting and collecting grapes. A job that is carried out with the utmost care and precision. The soil in which the vines are planted, contributes to the specific, rich flavour of the grapes. Picking the grapes by hand ensures the quality of the harvest. When full, the picker's bucket is emptied into a Dolav box pallet that is ready and waiting by the side of the road.
Roadside collection of harvested grapes in Dolavs.
At the winery's collecting station, tractors drive back and forth to deliver their trailers which are full of Dolavs filled up to the brim with grapes. The boxes are offloaded from the trailers by forklifts and placed onto the automated processing line.
Before the Dolavs are lead through the processing line to be tipped and emptied, a sample is taken from the grapes to test their quality. Only after the sample has been checked and approved by the lab, the box continues on. Directly after emptying, the Dolavs are cleaned in the automated washing facility and subsequently stacked for future use.
During the harvesting period, approximately 2600 Dolavs are in continuous circulation. They are still in tiptop shape, considering they have been in use for 20 years now. Therefore, one can truly say that Dolavs are hygienic, durable, high quality boxes that meet the strict standards and regulations that are applicable in both the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as well as the European.
Guido Sonntag, chef caviste Crémant Poll Fabaire, Domaines Vinsmoselle, said: "It really is extraordinary. In the 20 years that we have been using Dolavs, only a handful of boxes needed repairing. Considering the fact that we use them intensively, this is remarkable. Dolavs fit excellently in all stages of our production process, whether it is during transportation, handling, cleaning or storage. They can easily handle the most demanding of circumstances. DOLAV® pallet boxes are a valuable addition to our organisation's production process.
Dolavs with grapes ready for processing