MANAGING THE HUMIDITY VARIABLE IN WINERIES
Winemaking is a centuries-old local skill that now can reach global markets, with the aid of the right technology. But without full control of conditions – including the humidity – commercial success can be at risk, because:
- Inconsistent storage conditions often cause inconsistent wine quality
- Labels and packaging can be damaged, impacting both value and visual impressions
- Condensation and corrosion can damage pipes and structures in winery buildings
- Hygiene throughout the winery can be compromised
- Working conditions for staff can become less safe and healthy
Controlled humidity ensures better production conditions and better hygiene
Humidity challenges in wineries
Winemaking is a multi-stage process based on fermentation, and can take place on virtually any scale from small-scale specialists all the way up to large-volume industrialised production.
Key processes take place at a range of temperatures, and temperature differences in relation to the warmer surrounding air introduce risks of airborne moisture condensing on the many kinds of processing equipment – and on cold pipework and building surfaces, too. Such condensation then easily gives rise to corrosion and other forms of damage in equipment as well as structures, in addition to affecting your overall control over key conditions in the winery.
Any condensation also means you’re more likely to encounter bacterial growths and mould, which can affect both surfaces and structure within buildings, as well as affecting labels, packaging, etc.
Preventive action – getting rid of the problem
Cotes dehumidification systems enable your winery to maintain control over air conditions anywhere and everywhere – both during all the relevant stages of production and while the wine is being stored, in whichever containers your operation uses.
Cotes solutions enable you to control the dew point of the air so that condensation – with all the practical problems it can give – simply cannot arise, due to the basic laws of physics.
This helps eliminate one more key imponderable in a delicate process – the unseen and often ignored humidity that’s everywhere, fluctuating with the seasons and the weather.
How you benefit
Maintain better end-to-end control of air conditions in your winery
Do away with problems caused by condensation and corrosion
Provide better, more consistent conditions for wine storage
Prevent damage to labels and packaging
Ensure safer and healthier working conditions for staff
Ensure better hygiene throughout the winery