Facility

Lune Solaire Winery Co-operative leases its winery from 2Moon Ranch. It is a home wine making facility that has a capacity more than most home winemaking operations. The location is in the guesthouse basement of 2moon Ranch which is located in the Sierra foothills of Nevada county, overlooking the Sacramento Valley and Camp Far West Reservoir.  The basement is mostly sub-grade and nearly faces due north. There are no requirements to air condition or heat the facility because it is below grade, gets no amount of direct sun year-round, and is facing away from and is fully protected against the general storm tracks in the winter. In the summer, the winery never reaches 80° F and in the winter it stays well above 55° F. The room itself has about 400 sq. ft. of floor space with a 7′ ceiling. In our estimation it could annually manage about 350 gallons of wine, meaning that it could house about 1,000 to 1,100 gallons of wine at any one time. About 450 Cases.

Harvest Equipment

For picking grapes at Cashel Vineyards, we use 25# picking crates that are supplied by the vineyard. Each crate can contain between 20 lbs. and 30 lbs. of grapes.   These crates are stackable such that the grapes are not compressed and then for storage, the crates can be nested to save area.  For sourced grapes, at other vineyards, we have two 1/2 ton Maxi-Bins that get left the source vineyard the night before picking.

We field sort the grape clusters when we are picking at Cashel and we table sort the grapes that are sourced. For table sorting we have a custom made stainless steel, static, two-channel, sorting table that can accommodate 4 people sorting and can process a ton of grapes in about 90 minutes.  From the sorting table, the grapes return to the crates and are stacked for the Destemmer/Crusher.

The original maker of the Destemmer/Crusher is unknown but according to the last owner, it was Nevada City Winery’s first Destemmer/Crusher and it was acquired from a home winemaker who said he bought it from Mark Foster.    2Moon Ranch traded the home winemaker a quarter beef for it.  With the addition of a larger motor scavenged from an old table saw, the de-stemmer/Crusher can process a ton of grapes in about 30 minutes.  The grapes are either dumped into the hopper from the individual crates or pitch-forked in from the Maxi-Bins.  The resulting must is mostly crushed berries skins, grape juice,  and very little MOG or stems.

The Crush pad

The crush pad at 2Moon Ranch is uncovered and is currently 12′ X 24′ (roughly about 300 sq. ft.). When the Coronavirus pandemic has abated there are plans to expand the crush pad itself by another 1,200 sq. ft. for a total of 1,500 sq. ft. This addition will allow us plenty of room for handling incoming fruit, sorting, crushing, and cleaning without drainage and gravel worries. It will also give us room to ferment outside.

Winery Equipment

2moon winery at has an extensive list of equipment, all available to Lune Solaire —

  • Tanks and Containers         
    • 4 – 3-gal Plastic Buckets      
    • 2 – 55-gal Plastic Static Lid  
    • 2 – 65-gal Plastic static Lid  
    • 2 – 100-liter SS Vari-Lid 
    • 2 – 300-liter SS Vari-Lid 
    • 4 – 500-liter SS Vari-Lid 
    • 2 – 650-liter SS Vari-Lid 
    • 2 – 700-liter SS Vari-Lid
  • Cap Management                   
    • 1 – 4′ SS/HDPE Punch Tool     
    • 1 – 4′ SS Stirring Tool             
    • 1 Custom Pmp-Over Sump     
    • 1 – Custom Pmp-Over Sprayer  
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing           
    • Many scrub Brushes                 
    • 1 – SS barrel spray nozzle        
    • 1 – Vari-Pressure sprayer      
  •  Pumps and Pump Hoses
    • 1 – Bi-directional 30gal/min
    • 1 – Bi-directional 22 gal/min
    • 1 – uni-directional 12gal/min
    • 40 ft. 1″ hose w/1″ QuickCon
    • 60 ft. of 1.5″ hose w/triclmp
    • Misc. 1″ QuickCon fittings
    • Misc. 1.5″ Triclmp fittings
  • Wine Topping & Gas Dispenser
    • XXX capacity CO2 tank
    • XXX capacity Nitrogen Tank
    • 7 – 5-gal. CO2 Filler tanks
    • Custom portable dispenser
  • Pressing & Filtering
    • 1 – 40 liter bladder soft press
    • 1 – 220 liter bladder soft press
    • 1 – 10X10 10 panel Filter

The Laboratory  

The Lab consists of the following equipment:

  • Hanna HI98191 pH/ORB/ISE Meter
  • 10mL and 25mL Pipettes
  • 25mL Burettes
  • Set of precision Hydrometers (19-31, 12-20, 5-15, 0-9, -5-5)
  • Field sugar refractometer
  • Scale (precision 0.02g)
  • Single and double staffed Lab Support Stands
  • Stirrer
  • plastic Syringes

-> Various Glassware

  • Erlenmeyer flasks (multiple sizes from 10mL to 500mL) 
  • Straight Beakers (multiple sizes from 10mL to 500mL)
  • Graduated Cylinders from (10mL to 250mL)

-> Analysis Performed

  • Brix
  • pH
  • Total Acidity
  • Free and Bound SO2

Cooperage   

We have a total of  19 barrels of different sizes, origin and cooperages:

  • 2 60-gallon Re-Coop French oak barrels (2016 and 2017)
  • 4 60-gallon Nadelie Tonnellerie French oak  barrels (All 2018)
  • 3 60-gallon Nadelie Tonnellerie French oak barrels (All 2019)
  • 4 30-gallon Re-Coop French oak barrels (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017)
  • 2 30-gallon AB Selection French oak barrels (both 2019)
  • 2 30-gallon Barrels Unlimited, American oak barrels (both 2009)
  • 1 15-gallon Re-Coop French oak barrel (2012)
  • 1 15-gallon Barrels Unlimited, American oak barrel (2009)

We occasionally use oak chips to add a bit more oakiness to a wine but as a general rule avoid it and rely on moving the wine to newer barrels if we can.

Bottling & Packaging Equipment 

We have a total of  19 barrels of different sizes, origin and cooperages:

  • 2 60-gallon Re-Coop French oak barrels (2016 and 2017)
  • 4 60-gallon Nadelie Tonnellerie French oak  barrels (All 2018)
  • 3 60-gallon Nadelie Tonnellerie French oak barrels (All 2019)
  • 4 30-gallon Re-Coop French oak barrels (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017)
  • 2 30-gallon AB Selection French oak barrels (both 2019)
  • 2 30-gallon Barrels Unlimited, American oak barrels (both 2009)
  • 1 15-gallon Re-Coop French oak barrel (2012)
  • 1 15-gallon Barrels Unlimited, American oak barrel (2009)