Greetings from the cellar: Bottling is hard work for the body, but leisure time for the head
Typically, the working roles in the winery are clearly divided, but the state of emergency has mixed with this clear division. As work with humans declined, free hands could be used to bottling, one of the time-consuming operations.
Each of the bottling stages, which we do several times a year, always takes several days. "When the bottling machine starts operating, it must not stop under any circumstances. That´s why one of us puts empty bottles in it at the beginning, and the other puts them upright in baskets at the end,” explains Dominika, who typically takes care of marketing at Sonberk. But moving to the cellar for a few days was not a problem for her because her – her boyfriend has his winery.
"The bottling machine rinses the bottles with water, dries them, pours wine into them, and corks them. A total of 546 bottles can fit in one basket. Filling one takes about 45 minutes," added Dominika´s colleague Bohdana, with whom you usually meet mainly in the wine shop. She also has experience working in the cellar; she already had a part-time job in the cellar.
They don't talk about baskets by chance. We can fulfil each working day up to 15 of them. And there's probably no need to explain much that people who are normally used to a completely different type of work feel it.
"You stand all day and don't move much, so your legs are stiff. And as we keep bending, our backs hurt," admits Dominika. But Bohdana also came up with one benefit: "Bending is a good gym for the belly," she says with a smile.
They both agree that bottling is an excellent time to listen to music and podcasts and generally to clear your mind. "That´s why I personally it. You can also realize that it is not an easy job. Hats off to our colleagues Maruška and Monča, who work like this all day long,” adds Bohdana.