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Monday was bottling day at Flower Valley Vineyard, just south of Red Wing. Because the winery doesn't have its own bottling equipment, owners Tom, Mary and David Mohn hire Todd Roessler of Precision Wine Bottling to bring a bottling truck to the vineyard. The truck is entirely self-contained and can fill as many as 8,000 bottles of wine a day, Roessler said. (Republican Eagle photos by Sarah Gorvin)1 / 5
Frontenac Gris -- one of the winery's seven wines -- flows into the empty bottles. On Monday, the truck bottled about 4,500 bottles of wine, Flower Valley co-owner Tom Mohn said. That's just more than 1,000 gallons of wine. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)2 / 5
The bottles then travel down the assembly line where they are corked. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)3 / 5
The bottles are sealed with black foil before they get their Flower Valley labels. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)4 / 5
Mary Mohn examines the labels for bubbles or imperfections before boxing them. This is the second year that Flower Valley has sold its wines. Owners Mary, Tom and David Mohn said they have made twice as much wine this year as they did last year. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)5 / 5

A look at the bottling process at Flower Valley Vineyard. Republican Eagle photos by Sarah Gorvin

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.