In Bodegas Comenge, we have no grape reception hopper, simply because we do not need it. All grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small boxes with a 15-kilo capacity limit, thus ensuring that each cluster arrives intact to the winery.
Each of the 12,500 boxes of grapes we process over a vintage, are inspected in a first cluster selection table, where we double check and remove all those clusters which are not great in appearance, as well as removing leaves and other debris which might have fell into the boxes during harvest.
But to produce quality wine, it is vitally essential to have only healthy and ripe grapes, and nothing else. To ensure this premise, we make a second selection of the grapes, one by one, berry by berry after the de-stemming. We were pioneers in Spain in 2002 of following this process. This second selection table of de stemmed grapes, allows us to remove all plant debris that typically remain after the de stemming of the clusters. Incredibly, about 110 million grapes are picked one by one by the twelve people who work in the second sorting table.