An Ideal Mix – the PT40MXA

July 28, 2017
Posted by: Justin Engel

Riverview Cellars Estate Winery is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery located along the picturesque Niagara River in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.  With 25 acres of land in the heart of Niagara’s wine country, Riverview Cellars Estate Winery grows 9 varietals of grapes and produces 22 different types of wine.  When asked to describe the winery in a few words, General Manager Michael Pilliterri notes that Riverview Cellars “specializes in high quality, small batch wines”, many of which earning distinction such as their award winning Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.


The Application

With large 2000 litre tanks of wine and pallets with up to 128 bottles of wine that used to take 3 to 4 people to move, Mr. Pilliterri sought out Ed Cook at Lucas Liftruck Services Ltd. to find a material handling solution that fit the winery’s needs and application.  “I came to Ed Cook with our problem and he was very helpful throughout the whole process and explained what unit was the best fit for our company,” Michael Pilliterri recalls.

Based on the application, required lift capacity and available space, Mr. Cook recommended Stärke’s PT40-MXA electric pallet truck as a possible solution.  “We tried it out for a week but we loved it so much we just kept that unit here,” notes Mr. Pilliterri.


Why Choose Stärke’s PT40-MXA?

For Riverview Cellars, the PT40-MXA was a perfect solution as a cost-effective, compact and efficient electric pallet truck. “As a small family winery, we really need to watch our expenses and [Ed Cook] really helped us out with a very efficient, great value machine,” comments Mr. Pilliterri.  With a compact frame and excellent maneuverability, the PT40-MXA is capable of operating in the close confines of Riverview Cellars’ winemaking area.

With the addition of the PT40, Mr. Pilliterri has dramatically reduced the labour and time required to move wine tanks and bottles around the winery.  As Mr. Pilliterri points out, “one person can easily move the wine [tanks] from room to room or from cold storage to out of the cold storage without the assistance of anyone else, and that really helps us be faster and more efficient around the winery.”

For a closer look at the PT40-MXA in action, watch our Riverview Cellars video case study on YouTube. For more information on Riverview Cellars Estate Winery, please visit their website or drop by their Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, location today!


Justin Engel

Justin Engel is the marketing specialist at Stärke Material Handling Group. In addition to content development, he also handles graphic and website design, SEO, PR and strategic planning.

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