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#1 jnelsoninjax

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 16:03

It's Europe's biggest warehouse and promises a very merry Christmas - if you like wine.

Because between now and the big day an astonishing 11.5 million bottles of wine will be leaving this huge warehouse and wine packaging facility bound for supermarkets, off-licences and bars.

The complex in Avonmouth, near Bristol, can store 9.5million gallons - enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

It is owned by Accolade Wines one of the world's largest drinks companies producing wine brands including Kumala, Hardys, Banrock Station, and Echo Falls.

Much of the wine is bottled on-site after being shipped into the country in massive 25,000-litre oxygen controlled vats.

The plant has been running 24/7 for the last two months filling 780,000 bottles per day or nearly 800 bottles a minute in preparation for the festive season.

Every week 550 lorries arrive load up and depart for stores in the UK and Europe - over 2,000 lorries in December.

The statistics illustrate the incredible scale of the enterprise.

Opened in 2009 year at a cost of £100million it can hold the equivalent of 57million bottles of wine - one each for every adult in the UK with nearly 11million left over.

And despite or possible because of ongoing hard times sales are up general manager Richard Lloyd said.

'Volumes are slightly up on this time last year.

'Though the pick up in sales has been a little later than previous years,' he said.
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Posted 12 December 2011 - 16:07

to fill 15 what?

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 16:10

Headline should've read: Europe's biggest alcohol warehouse, filled with enough wine to fill 15 Pools

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 16:19

This one was the most impressive one, to put it's size in prespective.

...it can hold the equivalent of 57million bottles of wine - one each for every adult in the UK with nearly 11million left over.