It's going to be a very merry Christmas as Europe's biggest warehouse shifts three million bottles of booze a day

Last updated at 15:37 07 December 2007

This is the amazing scene as Europe's biggest booze warehouse gears up for the festive season - shifting out THREE MILLION bottles of wine a day.

The massive complex in Avonmouth, near Bristol, has one lorry crammed with pallets of booze leaving every seven minutes, 24 hours a day, to keep up with demand.

Owned by Constellation Europe, brands like Hardys, Banrock Station and Stowells are shipped in from across the world and dispatched - with 90 per cent destined for the UK.

Covering 320,000 sq ft - big enough to park six jumbo jets - it stores 35,000 pallets holding nearly 24 million bottles of wine worth £165 million.

If every bottle in the 80ft-high warehouse were emptied there would be enough wine to fill seven olympic-sized swimming pools.

Laid end-to-end, the bottles would stretch 4,480 miles from London to Mumbai.

A team of 90 forklift drivers unload the booze onto racks using computer-controlled maps before re-packing the lorries, which shift 13 per cent of the stock daily.

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John Steels, Senior Vice President, Operations for Constellation Europe, said: "The warehousing and logistics team at Constellation do a fantastic job, especially at this time of year.

"They ensure our customers and their consumers get the wines and other drinks they will enjoy over the festive season."

Bosses at the firm are already building an extension including a wine bottling plant big enough to hold 14,000 double-decker buses.

The new £100million 35 acre building - equivalent in size to 13 football pitches - will fill 120 million bottles a year once completed in 2009.

The immense depot will also be able store up to 90,000 pallets holding 60 million bottles of wine.

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It will triple the size of the company's current operation and create 100 new jobs.

Wine will be shipped in bulk and bottled in the UK to save on transport costs and cut carbon emissions needed to move thousands of tonnes of glass across the globe.

The construction job has proved a logistical nightmare - the current building is so tall that the crane used to erect it needed clearance from air traffic control.

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