Winemaker Steve DiFrancesca says the single spout for filling AstraPouches slows the process somewhat.
Packaging wine in AstraPouches, cans and kegs were three trends discussed during a workshop held March 22, the first day of the Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) held in Syracuse.
The pros and cons of AstraPouches
Steve DiFrancesca, winemaker at Glenora Wine in Dundee, N.Y., kicked off the packaging session with a talk about his experience using AstraPouches. Glenora first began trials with the AstraPouch in 2009, when the pouches were being made in South Africa. As a test, DiFrancesca packaged Riesling in both bottles and pouches and then placed samples in a window for exposure to UV light, in the dark, in a refrigerator and in an incubator.