SITEVI in Montpellier 2021

SITEVI in Montpellier

Impressions of SITEVI 2021 in Montpellier from November 30th to December 2nd, 2021.

Thank you to all of our guests for visiting us.



Helping hands for Ahr-wineries

support Ahr-wineries for the grape harvest

Thanks to many rescue services and committed helpers, the extent of the flooding in the affected regions was partially visible. In the Ahr Valley in particular, as a long-term partner of some wineries, we would like to make our contribution to contain the disaster with the options available to us.

On Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 we drove 5 of our Europress-grape presses to the Ahr valley to support the affected wineries with the grape harvest.



Team spirit

motivated Scharfenberger team

On a walk through our production you will meet a highly motivated and diverse team. A good team spirit is very important to us!



Scharfenberger Team

Everything is securely mounted and loaded

motivated Scharfenberger team

Precision work is called for loading the machines in the deep sea containers. The whole team have prepared and work with masterly craftsmanship - even our boss!
Now its time to travel the world!



Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

In the Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in France, a symbol of the Médoc, two EUROPRESS EP 44 have found their place in the course of the technical modernization. Filled through a sliding hopper, the two machines guarantee pressings that meet the company's highest quality requirements.

It is the "SOLUS" programming that makes it possible to obtain a perfect pressing result in terms of extraction and juice flow. The associated remote control allows users to control the juice outflow and operate the press at the same time. A press program is created in real time, perfectly adapted to the grapes.



Fast help in case of emergency

There for you during the harvest

Scharfenberger harvest service

Professional service is one of the most important tasks at Scharfenberger Maschinenbau: During harvest time, our service hotline and customer service are available seven days a week. Our experts provide quick and competent information and support via our telephone service if our customers need help.

The excellently stocked spare parts warehouse ensures that all parts are supplied. On site, our technicians provide quick service. In addition, our customer service vehicles are equipped with special tools and spare parts.



Punctually in delivery time

delivery Scharfenberger machineries grape presses Europress

A small excerpt from our deliveries before the 2020 vintage. All machines reached our customers on time in this exceptional year with difficult production conditions.

We wish all of our customers all the best. We look forward to a successful wine 2020.



That makes us happy

Thanks to the medical staff of the Evangelical Hospital in Bad Dürkheim


The current situation requires cohesion but also thanks and appreciation to all helping hands who are doing a great job in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are pleased, that we have given the medical staff of the Evangelical Hospital in Bad Dürkheim great pleasure. As special recognition, all doctors and nurses, the administrative team and the cleaning staff received a large number of wine presents from us.

Thanks to the active support of the four seasons winegrowers' cooperative in Bad Dürkheim, the gifts were delivered just in time for Easter.



TSN invited to the anniversary celebration

A successful anniversary celebration for everyone

A successful anniversary celebration for everyone

Our subsidiary TSN Sp.z o.o. celebrated with a big open house, at the company location near Krakow, the 15th company anniversary on January 18, 2020.

Many guests followed the invitation to this special event; among them numerous Polish winemakers, young winemakers and business partners. Special highlights were informative presentations including wine tastings and many interesting discussions.



First operation of the new plant

The new grape reception of the winery Lenz Moser in Austria.

The new grape reception of the winery Lenz Moser in Austria

Just in time for the grape-harvesting in 2019, the new grape reception was put into operation.

During the conversion of the winery the following was realized:
• destemmer Scharfenberger AS 60 (40-60 t/h) + crusher
• 3 x grape presses Europress T200 (20.000 ltr.)
• installation of stainless-steel bases, frame construction and catwalks.




Deliveries to customers

Euro-Machines is being supplied many machines to customers

Our US distributor Euro-Machines delivered many machines to its customers.

The truck low loaders had a Europress P 60 and an EHP 3000 for a customer in South Oregon, as well as a Europress P15, an AS5 destemmer, a filter and a pump for a customer in Northern Oregon.
The pulling force of the pick-up was also sufficient, so that the Europress P34 arrived an time in Buellton, Southern California.
And the Sales & Service Manager EMW delivered a Europress P24 with hopper for a customer in California.




the trade fair for the Australien wine industry

The Wine Industry Trade Exhibition "WineTech" ist the networking event for all Australian wine experts. The trade fair took place in Adelaide from the 22nd to the 24th of July 2019.

The sympathetic team of our distributor TANIUM grapeworks showed the interested public its service portfolio on a large stand. They also presented the new EUROPRESS EP and a high destemmer AS10.



Family Summer Party



Our barbecue-event took place in the middle of June on the company premises for all employees and family members. Through the numerous game attractions it was very sporty with us.

Great live music and perfectly grilled meats, fish and tasty veggies also made for a good atmosphere.

Warm temperatures, delicious BBQ, a relaxed atmosphere and a great team make up a completely successful Party.






We have invited our international and German-speaking distribution partners to present our new EUROPRESS EP series in our house.

The program included a comprehensive introduction to the new equipment and options variety of the new press generation EP1, EP2 and EP3.
In addition, we passed on many important information about our grape processing systems, such as destemmers, selection tables, whole-cluster conveyor belts with crusher, roller sorters, optical sorting machines, etc. to our partners.

We would like to thank our distribution-partners for their visit and their interest!




In January, our technicians did customer service in southern Australia

In January, our technicians did customer service in southern Australia:
The Europress S150 presses (dual system / 15,000 liters) were commissioned directly from the overseas container in receipt and at the respective wineries in the King Valley (northeast of Victoria).
In addition, several presses (Europress T250, T60) were set up in the beautiful wine-growing region Barossa Valley (about 70 km northeast of Adelaide).
In the midst of the heat record and the tight workload, great pictures were taken.






Our participation in the innovation competition was highly honored on the occasion of the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018: The "HUMIDITY CONTROL" residual humidity measurement honored the expert jury with a SILVER award in the category "Processing and Process Control". 

The residual humidity measurement values are digitally and precisely collected inside the press drum via a special sensor. The current value is displayed on the large touch display of the press control system at the end of each pressure stage and can be assessed directly thereafter.
The intelligent pre-processing of the measurement values allows the user to set the residual humidity degree at which either a must separation or a pressing program end should be carried out. 

Our managing director Rudolf Fischer received the Silver Award with pleasure. This was presented following the opening of the INTERVITIS by the President of the German Winegrowing Association (DWV) Klaus Schneider, as well as the German Wine Queen Carolin Klöckner. 

We are very proud to say thank you and pass on this great award to all our employees whose untiring dedication is the basis for this success.





new grape presses Europress in the winery dreissigacker, germany

Last year, the new winery Jochen Dreissigacker in Bechtheim in the middle of the Rheinhessen countryside was impressively implemented. The new building offers plenty of space and advanced technical equipment, which should make the daily work of winemakers much easier. The design also ensures optimum room temperature in the storage rooms. Selected or ecologically sustainable materials and equipment determine the impression of the rooms.

During the construction of the new winery, our machines were also delivered:

1 x grape press Europress T 150 (15.000 l) with the following special equipment:
• two large pneumatic drum openings with sealed doors
• Frequency-controlled drive motor for gentle grape must processing
• new generation Easy-Clean juice channels in removable design
• electropolished channel design
• Mobile connection to the Smartphone
• intelligent pressing program control OPTI Drain
• Level control of the juice tray


2 x grape presses Europress-Edition Tc52 (5.200 l) with the features:
• Cool Isolated ™: cooling jacket with full insulation
• Cool T-CONTROL ™: program start after preselected mash temperature
• OPTI Drain ™: Intelligent press program control
• The Easy-Clean juice channels in folding and demountable versions are also used here, as well as a mobile connection to the Smartphone Mobil Connect ™ and the level control of the juice tray.

In addition, a complete catwalk system with staircase in stainless steel was mounted. A slidable hopper-system including the separately placeable crusher TM 700 is used to feed and fill the presses with large boxes.

We congratulate the winery Dreissigacker for the forthcoming opening in May and wish for the following years much success combined with excellent wines.


We mourn for Bernd Scharfenberger

We mourn for Bernd Scharfenberger

We mourn the death of our founder and managing director


His struggle against a brief, severe illness has come to an end.
Until shortly before his death he devoted his considerable energy, great knowledge, and enormous understanding of human nature to the continuing development of his company.

With far-sightedness, skill and sheer ability combined with great commitment, he transformed the family’s small workshop in Wachenheim into a successful enterprise active throughout the world.

All who worked with him will remember with gratitude his openness and humanity.
We will hold the deceased in honoured Memory.



obituary - Eberhard Grade

obituary - Eberhard Grade

We learnt with great sorrow the sad news that our long-standing colleague and employee,


died on 27.06.2017 at the age of 59 years. Mr. Grade worked for our company for 25 years, the greater part of that time as foreman of Final Assembly - Presses. With his death we have lost a loyal and conscientious master craftsman, and a greatly respected and valued colleague and friend.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to his family. We will retain many fond memories of Mr. Grade.





One of the planned projects this year is the expansion of the grape processing plant at the Weingut Reiterer in Wies, Austria:

The photos show currently 5 grape-presses EUROPRESS T60 (6000 Ltr.) Tank presses with fully automatic cleaning system for inside draining channels - two more presses will be added this year. Furthermore the winery in the beautiful West Styria will receive a second grape selection line - among other things, with vibrating sorting table model VS 3,6 and destemmer Euroselect for gentle transport, destemming and selecting of Grapes.



modern and forward-looking

Renewal of the acceptance line – the Vollmer Vineyard in Ellerstadt

Renewal of the acceptance line – the Vollmer Vineyard in Ellerstadt

The innovative impetus to achieve exceptional results inspired Mr Heinrich Vollmer – who is a passionate enthusiast for both mountaineering and the cultivation of specialist wines – to completely modernise his Palatinate vineyard in Ellerstadt.

With 140 hectares, the family business is one of the biggest privately-owned vineyards in Germany. As longstanding partners, we implemented its requirements and objectives, resulting in a modern and fully automatic acceptance line. The collection tub has a capacity of 15,000 l and is suitable for both harvesters and grape trailers.

The extensive wine cellar is home to three of our biggest EUROPRESS 320 T grape presses (capacity of the pressing basket = 32,000 l) for differing varieties and qualities of grape. In addition to a cooling jacket, the presses were also equipped with special options, such as a fully automatic cleaning system and our latest innovation, Cool T Control ™, which enables the operator to preselect a specific grape or must temperature for the further processing.

Due to the special arrangement of the three presses, they can be filled directly without pumping with a large-scale rotating screw. All of the elements in the scope of the transportation of the grapes are controlled by a frequency inverter so that their gentle transportation is ensured.
For the eventual disposal of the grape marc, a total of 45 m grape marc screws with a diameter of 400 mm were installed.

The complete system went into operation in time for the beginning of autumn on 16th September 2016. With the conversion work, Mr Vollmer has secured the future of his vineyard – including the approaching change of generation to his daughter, who is set to assume management of the vineyard after completing her studies in viniculture in Geisenheim.




Premium Quality with Scharfenberger’s Optical Grape Sorting

Farewell at the start of well-earned retirement
optical grape sorting by Scharfenberger

Gentle handling of the harvest combined with optimum preparation and sorting are important factors for the best possible grape quality.  Healthy and absolutely ripe berries are the basis for producing outstanding wines. This makes fully automatic grape sorting ever more significant, particularly in the light of climate change and the associated increased risk of rotting.

Over the years the wages of seasonal labourers have increased so that manual selection has become more and more expensive. It is here that optical sorting offers clear advantages; both the cost factor and the sorting results remain constant.

With its new optical sorting plant, Scharfenberger Maschinenbau offers vineyards and wine producers an efficient and cost-effective alternative to troublesome manual grape selection.
In this process the grape harvest to be sorted is rapidly analysed in free fall by HD cameras, and rotten and unripe berries together with any remaining foreign material are reliably removed with the aid of compressed air jets. Detection is on the basis of both visible colours and infrared. A chroma function enables steplessly adjustable colour detection from the surface to the centre of objects. Further processing of the images and the easy switching on and off of sorting criteria is carried out by highly efficient microprocessors. The throughput with four cameras is ca. 5 t/h.

The stainless steel frame of the optical sorter is easily adjustable for height and level. To separate the harvest the grapes are fed on to a fast-running conveyor belt made of food-safe plastic to spread them uniformly for the cameras. The speed of this belt is steplessly adjustable. Numerous inspection openings on the machine ensure good accessibility and make cleaning quick and easy.




special arrangement of presses in a triangle

This installation at 'Weingut Stadt Krems', Austria, was completed in good time for the start of the 2015 grape harvest.
The new grape plant was made up of a 7m long Scharfenberger whole-grape conveyor belt, three EUROPRESS T 52 grape presses, and three STHIK grape trailers.
For perfect charging and pomace disposal, the presses were ideally arranged in a triangle.