Wine transfer pumps, what you need to know

Wine transfer pumps are a critical component of wine production. When it comes to selecting the appropriate wine transfer pump for your site, it is important you understand the different options.


There are two main classifications of pumps used at wineries - Must Pumps and Fluid Transfer Pumps.

Must Pumps

Must refers to freshly crushed juice which contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit.

Therefore, must pumps have a large enough pump cavity to accommodate the crush grapes and are an effective wine transfer pumps - moving must from one place to another. For example, they are commonly installed to move wine from crusher to fermenter, or fermenter to press.

Fluid Transfer Pumps

These wine transfer pumps are solely used to move liquids from one place to another and are not capable of transferring must.

There are several different types and designs of pumps that are suitable for transferring wine. There are three main concepts that should be considered as a wine maker:

  1. Is the pump self-priming?
  2. How gentle is the pump on the wine?
  3. is the pump easy to use and repair?


The following must and wine transfer pumps are highly recommended by the team of experts at Global Pumps.

Stainless steel centrifugal pumps 

Stainless steel satisfies the food-grade requirements of the food and beverage industry and offer operators low maintenance with their pump performance steady and consistent. These wine transfer pumps are particularly suitable for fluids with soft particles, as the open impeller design allows for solids. This makes stainless steel centrifugal pumps ideal must pumps.

Lobe pumps

Lobe pumps are a type of positive displacement pump, designed and suitable for food processing. These types of pump are capable of handling different liquids with varying viscosities, making them ideal for wine transfer. They also pump gently, as to not damage the products.

Helical rotor pumps

These pumps are a progressive cavity pumps and are suitable for transferring whole or destemmed grapes. Not only can helical rotor pumps handle solids, but they are reversible and are therefore suitable as must pumps.

Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps (AOD)

AOD pumps are a reciprocating pump which offer wineries a leak-free pumping option, with variable flow and discharge pressures. Available in a variety of materials of construction, air operated diaphragm pumps are an effective wine transfer pump.


Do you want to learn more about wine transfer pumps? Get in touch with Global Pumps today. Our team specialise in quality, reliable and durable wine transfer pumps and can assist you with either the purchase or enhancement of your site’s pumping system.

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