Energy cost was ranked as the top concern of wine cellar CEO’s in the 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers wine industry insights survey. Energy management guidelines, commissioned by Winetech, are, however, being established to support the wine industry in improving energy performance and efficiency. EDO HEYNS spoke to Nadia Sanetra, one of the researchers involved in this project, to get a practical perspective of energy management.
Except for the purchasing of grapes, the cost for the acquiring of barrels is the second highest production expenditure of wine cellars. Because of the physical nature of barrels it is however easy to specify your requirements. Yet, it is astonishing how many barrels are bought by wine cellars without applying a comprehensive scientific evaluation prior to the purchase of the barrels.
South Africa may be abuzz with Mediterranean-mania as the popularity of new and rediscovered cultivars surges, but the overall impact of these wines remains small when compared to the importance of traditional ‘big five’ varieties such as King Cab.