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Appassimento (Italian for "withering") is the drawn out process of removing water from grapes causing dehydration and the development of different characteristics in the berries. Once the drying phase is complete, the end result is a very rich, full-bodied wine with a higher alcohol content. This wine can be used in making pure Appassimento or back blended into other wine varieties for consistency.
Through a partnership with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a patent-pending method for grape dehydration has been developed and delivered to market. Utilizing a patent-pending airflow technique, which allows for even drying while managing the room environment. Grapes undergo dehydration while mitigating risks of further ripening on the vine or use of other traditional drying methods with little environmental control. This airflow technique allows for a greater volume of product to be dried per container with pressurization allowing for consistent heat transfer from the grape berries. With years of research and development the dehydration method has been field tested with a number of accolades awarded to the early adopters along the way.
In 2 years or less recover your initial investment
Utilize the dehyrdrated grapes to create pure appassimento style wines
Back blend into other wine varieties to create consistency year after year
This technology has been utilized to produce multiple award winning wines
The system offers a payback of 2 years or less based on the premium charged per bottle of final product. The system is shipped as a fully assembled, self contained unit. The only requirement for operation is an electrical power supply. The end user benefits from an environmental chamber that requires no floor space, yet provides environmental control and protection from the elements. The resulting dehydrated grapes can be used for creating pure Apassimento wine or for back blending into other wine varieties to create consistency year over year.
High Density Drying
Dehydrate a greater volume of grapes per square foot then other drying methods
Control and monitor the humidty levels in the drying environment
Accurate management of the enviornment temperature ensuring a controlled drying environment
Patent-pending pressurized air flow design allowing for even dehyrdration, temperature control and higher grape density
7.2 Ton Capacity
A single chamber can hold 7,200 kg of product across 12 pallets (2 wide x 6 deep)
Easy to Use
Designed for the appassimento process providing the operator easy to use control and monitoring
Both process and control designed with energy efficiency in mind
Delivered Fully Assembled
Manufactured at our facility and shipped fully assembled requiring only a power connection on site
With energy efficiency as the cornerstone of design the system was developed specifically for grape dehydration using unique engineering principles to achieve system requirements yet minimize cost of ownership for the end user. While moderating temperature and humidity, monitoring CO2, and pallet pressurization the system creates an environment conducive to a slow drying process (80 to 120+ days based on variety). The slow drying process coupled with the managed environment removes the negative effects experienced with "faster" drying methods while still maintaining a climate conducive to the continued maturity of the living berries.
The system has been developed from the ground up with an easy to use touchscreen interface mounted just inside the chamber doors. The software allows for the winemaker or operator to set the drying recipe, modify and control system constraints, view alarms and more. To further protect the product, the system includes features to email daily summaries as well as generate text messages and/or emails based on active alarms in the case of fault or failure.
Alternatively, for customers seeking to dry large volumes of grapes, the patented system can be customized to suit your requirements. If floor space is available at your facility, the system can be adapted to handle for large volumes of product whilst providing the same level of protection and control as the chambers. With years of experience building distribution level environmental chambers for ripening and rapid cooling applications we can cost effectively provide systems to dry larger volumes while working with building constraints and customer requirements.