Xpressfill FAQs

  1. What is the difference between Vigneron and XpressFill?
  2. Can I use the XpressFill bottle filler for any liquid products other than wine?
  3. How do I clean my XpressFill filler after each use?
  4. Is there a gas option for your fillers?  I make wine and want to sparge gas into my bottles.
  5. Can I fill small bottles, like 50ml, with your bottle fillers?  How about large bottles, like 1.5L? Can one filler handle both sizes, and sizes in between?
  6. I have a wine production of about 5000 cases / year.  Would one of your fillers be suitable for that quantity?
  7. What filler is best for my olive oil?  I fill 375 ml, 750 ml and occassionally 1 liter bottles.
  8. Which fillers are best for wine?
  9. I do not have a lot of space for my bottling process, and most of the products seem to require a floor mounted stand, etc. How much space does an XpressFill filler system require?
  10. What about set up time? The better gravity systems require leveling, hooking up the gas and the pump, etc.
  11. How about the work surface and filler set up?
  12. Does it come with a well documented User's Manual?
  13. What about service issues?
  14. Do XpressFill fillers include a pump?
  15. Why a multi piston diaphragm pump?
  16. How then is the Vigneron XpressFill system different than a typical gravity system?
  17. Why do I care about this?

What is the difference between Vigneron and XpressFill?
Vigneron Specialty Products is the name of the company. The name "Vigneron" is a French word, meaning "Vineyard Caretaker". We are currently designing and engineering several new products, therefore chose to keep the name Vigneron Specialty Products although our fillers are definitely not just for wine. The redesigned bottle filling machines are named XpressFill, with various models and model numbers depending on the size and features.


Can I use the XpressFill bottle filler for any liquid products other than wine?

Absolutely! Our customers use the Xpressfill bottle-filling machines for vinegar, liqueur, alcoholic beverages of many types, olive oil, lotion, still beer, essential oil, tea, nutritional supplements and almost any liquid product without solids or carbonation. We sell two models of bottle fillers to fit various needs. We are happy to help you decide which filler would be best suited for your product.

How do I clean my XpressFill filler after each use?
Cleaning your filler is the #1 best thing you can do to insure it will perform properly for many years. Cleaning is very simple.  Cleaning your filler consists of finding a bulk container such as a 5 gallon bucket or similar, filling it with warm (not more than 120F) water, then rinsing the filler several runs with warm water using the same process you use to fill your bottles.  Follow the rinses with a cleaning solution (depending on your preference, availability, and your product), and end with a couple more warm water rinses.  This takes just minutes.

Is there a gas option for your fillers?  I make wine and want to sparge gas into my bottles. 
Yes, the inert gas flush is an option on each of our fillers.  All you need is a tank of your preferred sparging gas, a pressure regulator, and reinforced hose to go from your tank and regulator to the filler.

Can I fill small bottles, like 50ml, with your bottle fillers?  How about large bottles, like 1.5L? Can one filler handle both sizes, and sizes in between?
Yes, the XpressFill Volumteric fillers, the XF260 and XF460 models, are designed to fill very small to very large bottles.  Each are equipped with an adjustable shelf.  Adjustment to your bottle height is quick and easy.  The largest bottles may require you to remove the shelf and place filler on a stable surface slightly above your bottles.  This is very simple.

I have a wine production of about 5000 cases / year.  Would one of your fillers be suitable for that quantity?  
Yes!  5000 cases, or 60,000 bottles, is definitely within the realm of what the XF4100 is capable of filling.  At the average rate of 440 bottles / hour for wine, it would take less than 140 hours to fill that many bottles, depending on efficiency of user(s).  That’s less than 4 weeks of full production bottling throughout the year.  

What filler is best for my olive oil?  I fill 375 ml, 750 ml and occassionally 1 liter bottles.
The fillers most suitable for your product would be the XF260 and XF460, depending on the quantity of olive oil you are bottling.  Based on 750 ml bottles, the approximate fill rate is 200 bottles/hour for the XF260, and 400 bottles/hour for the XF460.

Which fillers are best for wine?
The Level Fill fillers were designed specifically for the Wine Industry.  They are also entirely suitable for distilled spirits, vinegars, waters, teas, liquid supplements, and nearly any product other than 100% oil products.

I do not have a lot of space for my bottling process, and most of the products seem to require a floor mounted stand, etc. How much space does an XpressFill filler system require?
The XpressFill bottle fillers are roughly the size of a case of wine, and weigh less than 30
pounds. You can place your filler on any stable surface above your bulk container to make it a comfortable height at which to work.

What about set up time? The better gravity systems require leveling, hooking up the gas and the pump, etc.

It takes just minutes to set up our XpressFill Machines. All machines come with an easy-to-read User's Manual. The assembly requires only a couple connections, after which you plug the AC line into the wall, organize your bottles and workspace, begin sanitizing your bottles, prime the machine - and GO!

How about the work surface and filler set up?

All you need is a flat, dry surface that’s fairly level, has adequate work area, and can support the weight of the unit. Every Vigneron XpressFill system comes equipped with non-skid rubber feet.

Does it come with a well documented User's Manual?
Yes it does. The User's Manual thoroughly covers all aspects of the use and set-up of the Vigneron / XpressFill machines including clear diagrams and pictures. A new version of the User's Manual was implemented when the machines were redesigned. It is very clear and easy to follow.

What about service issues?
Every XpressFill bottle filler comes with a full one year parts and workmanship warranty. Should the need arise, all Xpressfill systems are designed to facilitate easy part removal and repair; any part can be quickly disconnected and removed from the chassis and returned to VSP for replacement or repair. Customer Service and Technical support are extremely important to us at XpressFill and we pride ourselves in our customer care. Vigneron Specialty Products' customer service receives rave reviews.

Do XpressFill fillers include a pump?
Yes, our bottle filling machine systems include an internal, state of the art, multi-piston diaphragm, self-priming pump.

Why a multi-piston diaphragm pump?

A pump of this type is the most efficient pump for moving liquid gently, which is highly desirable when using a bottling machine.

How then is the VigneronT XpressFill system different than a typical gravity system?
All Xpressfill bottle fillers are self contained systems. Each system has a self priming pump, with a multi-ported delivery assembly. Your product can be pumped directly from your source. All parts in the flow path are either stainless steel or food grade components. This self contained delivery system protects your product from the outside environment.


Why do I care about this?
It is preferable that the apparatus you use for bottling your product be one that is easy to work with, as is the XpressFill. XpressFill machines are made to set on a table top or similar surface with your product below. Many gravity flow systems require the product to be above the bulk container, which can be a challenge for the person bottling. It is important to note that the level of your product needs to be BELOW the filler so the pump can prime the liquid up into the filler. Having your liquid in a barrel or large container is fine if the level is not higher than the filler.
One of the biggest advantages to the XpressFill is the compact nature of the design, and, additionally, that your product does not have contact with the outside environment thereby reducing any possibility of contamination or oxidation.