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Top wine equipment firm to launch in UK

22 February 2012

Specialist wine equipment producer Scharfenberger, has signed a deal with Northamptonshire-based Core Equipment in a bid to crack the UK wine market. The deal means Core will be responsible for selling, distributing and servicing the German family firm’s range of viticulture technology in the UK and Ireland.

Scharfenberger is the only manufacturer to make dual style presses that can be either open or closed, giving producers the chance to make both red wine and sparkling white wine from the same equipment.

The 84-year-old firm’s flagship grape press is the EuroPress. First marketed in 1971, the EuroPress is now available in 16 different sizes, either as the “P” range of open style presses, the “T” range of closed style presses or the “S” range of dual style presses.

It is one of few manufactures in the sector who have the capability to modify their presses to client needs and over 70% of Scharfenberger grape presses are custom made. Core will also be offering UK producers Scharfenberger’s range of de-stemmers, crushers and conveyor systems.

Scharfenberger is also one of the few manufacturers to be accredited by the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), which oversees wine growers and producers in Champagne.

The firm has had such success among Champagne producers that it has decided to target the UK’s fast-growing sparkling wine market by establishing a UK sales and servicing presence.

Core Equipment MD Jonathan Chaplin said: “Scharfenberger uses German-built components and as such, its reputation for quality is renowned around the globe. We are very excited about bringing the full range of Scharfenberger products to the UK and Ireland.

“English wine producers are on the rise, and being able to choose a dual press system will give them the flexibility to make different wines without buying separate equipment.”

Dieter Heckel, sales director at Scharfenberger said: “We chose Core Equipment to represent us in the UK and Ireland because of its knowledge of the UK market and commitment to customer service. Our UK customers will benefit from a local service backed by our global commitment to quality and support.”

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