Know-how

To assist you in the realization of your projects, we are at your disposal to understand your needs and propose a tailor-made project. We integrate many parameters in our approach: the types of wine to be produced and the methods of vinification, the existing installations, the administrative and environmental constraints, the desired working method, the improvement of productivity, ergonomics and hygiene, customer reception and general aesthetics.

harvest reception

Harvest Reception

Harvest reception is the entry point for the vinification process. Grapes are the raw ingredients of wine. They therefore deserve our full attention from the moment they arrive at the cellar doors. How they are dealt with depends on whether or not they are picked on a plot-by-plot basis and how they are picked and transported. We then have a choice between several grape-processing methods:

 

  • Hopper or sorting table,
  • De-stemming and/or de-stalking,
  • Direct pressing or loading via mobile tanks, pumps or conveyor belts,
  • Choice of press (pneumatic or hydraulic, horizontal or vertical, automated loading via doors or axial connection system,

 

Our choices are always quality-orientated. We prefer to use gravity as much as possible to avoid pumping.

harvest reception

Harvest Reception

Harvest reception is the entry point for the vinification process. Grapes are the raw ingredients of wine. They therefore deserve our full attention from the moment they arrive at the cellar doors. How they are dealt with depends on whether or not they are picked on a plot-by-plot basis and how they are picked and transported. We then have a choice between several grape-processing methods:

 

  • Hopper or sorting table,
  • De-stemming and/or de-stalking,
  • Direct pressing or loading via mobile tanks, pumps or conveyor belts,
  • Choice of press (pneumatic or hydraulic, horizontal or vertical, automated loading via doors or axial connection system,

 

Our choices are always quality-orientated. We prefer to use gravity as much as possible to avoid pumping.

Vinification

Changes in vinification techniques over the last ten years have improved production quality and reliability. However, the cellar-master is often faced with a huge choice of solutions:

 

  • Stainless steel, wooden, concrete tanks,
  • Cylindrical, ovoid, elliptical, truncated, parallelepiped or compartmented tanks,
  • Tanks with flat, “spoon” or conical bottoms,
  • Technical tanks: with shaking, punching the cap, double-wall insulation, self-emptying, racking and pumping-over,
  • Floating cover tanks or sugar mixing tanks,
  • Barrel vinification,

 

Once we have defined your final objective, our primary task is to guide you through this maze. The layout of the winery and barrel cellar should make the winemaker’s work easier through its ergonomic design and the options required for the type of wine being made: individual warm/cold temperature control for each tank, nitrogen injection, CO2 capture, micro-oxygenation, humidity/temperature control in the cellar.

 

Once we’ve listened to you, and depending on the size and nature of your operation, we’ll propose a three-dimensional representation of the projected winery to allow future users to fully immerse themselves in the future building and play a full part in the success of the project

tanks
tanks

Vinification

Changes in vinification techniques over the last ten years have improved production quality and reliability. However, the cellar-master is often faced with a huge choice of solutions:

 

  • Stainless steel, wooden, concrete tanks,
  • Cylindrical, ovoid, elliptical, truncated, parallelepiped or compartmented tanks,
  • Tanks with flat, “spoon” or conical bottoms,
  • Technical tanks: with shaking, punching the cap, double-wall insulation, self-emptying, racking and pumping-over,
  • Floating cover tanks or sugar mixing tanks,
  • Barrel vinification,

 

Once we have defined your final objective, our primary task is to guide you through this maze. The layout of the winery and barrel cellar should make the winemaker’s work easier through its ergonomic design and the options required for the type of wine being made: individual warm/cold temperature control for each tank, nitrogen injection, CO2 capture, micro-oxygenation, humidity/temperature control in the cellar.

 

Once we’ve listened to you, and depending on the size and nature of your operation, we’ll propose a three-dimensional representation of the projected winery to allow future users to fully immerse themselves in the future building and play a full part in the success of the project

storage

Storage and Packing

Bottling may be carried out internally or by using the services of an outside firm. Bottle storage for both sparkling and still bottled/unlabelled wines is very important. Its success depends mainly on the ability to regulate the temperature of the premises.

 

There are two solutions: either an underground cellar that naturally offers the required temperature qualities, or a heavily-insulated above-ground cellar in which the temperature is controlled artificially.

 

Our experience in cellar design for all types of wine has also led us to be very attentive to controlling the level of light in the cellars in order to avoid “lightstrike”.

storage

Storage and Packing

Bottling may be carried out internally or by using the services of an outside firm. Bottle storage for both sparkling and still bottled/unlabelled wines is very important. Its success depends mainly on the ability to regulate the temperature of the premises.

 

There are two solutions: either an underground cellar that naturally offers the required temperature qualities, or a heavily-insulated above-ground cellar in which the temperature is controlled artificially.

 

Our experience in cellar design for all types of wine has also led us to be very attentive to controlling the level of light in the cellars in order to avoid “lightstrike”.

Flow Consistency

The success of a winery project relies first and
foremost on flow consistency. This affects not only the quality of the wine but also the productivity of the installations and the safety and comfort of the employees.

 

We therefore propose an outline diagram of the flows from the first draft, which we then add to as the project progresses in order to constantly keep this basic parameter in mind.

Flow
Flow

Flow Consistency

The success of a winery project relies first and
foremost on flow consistency. This affects not only the quality of the wine but also the productivity of the installations and the safety and comfort of the employees.

 

We therefore propose an outline diagram of the flows from the first draft, which we then add to as the project progresses in order to constantly keep this basic parameter in mind.

ingeneering

Engineering

Alongside the design of the process, AIV will assign a team of engineers and technicians specialising in every aspect of the building trade to the project: structure, climate engineering, electricity and roads and utilities. There will also be a construction economist who will be responsible for keeping construction costs within your budget.

 

The AIV team will be led by a project manager, a veritable orchestral conductor who will guide the operation from the first draft project to the delivery of the building.

ingeneering

Engineering

Alongside the design of the process, AIV will assign a team of engineers and technicians specialising in every aspect of the building trade to the project: structure, climate engineering, electricity and roads and utilities. There will also be a construction economist who will be responsible for keeping construction costs within your budget.

 

The AIV team will be led by a project manager, a veritable orchestral conductor who will guide the operation from the first draft project to the delivery of the building.

Architecture

The architectural form of the building must be designed to serve the needs of the installations described in the previous stages. However, a building project also needs to fit into a site containing other buildings, a landscape, an environment and planning regulations. It must also be in harmony with the commercial image conveyed by the estate.

 

AIV uses qualified architects capable of designing the skin of the building and taking responsibility for all the administrative procedures relating to construction and planning law. Depending on your objectives in terms of image, we can organiser an architecture competition to select the project designer.

architecture
architecture

Architecture

The architectural form of the building must be designed to serve the needs of the installations described in the previous stages. However, a building project also needs to fit into a site containing other buildings, a landscape, an environment and planning regulations. It must also be in harmony with the commercial image conveyed by the estate.

 

AIV uses qualified architects capable of designing the skin of the building and taking responsibility for all the administrative procedures relating to construction and planning law. Depending on your objectives in terms of image, we can organiser an architecture competition to select the project designer.

WE ADAPT OUR METHODOLOGY TO THE SIZE OF YOUR WINERY.