A New Year’s Toast to Winery Innovation

| by Monica Irgens
A New Year’s Toast to Winery Innovation

Fermenting wine properly is a critical matter of degree, as in temperature, and different for particular varieties of white and red wines.  Domaine de la Cressonnière in Pignans, France enlisted the consistent, self-regulating heat provided by STEP Heater to heat individual vats by wrapping them with the thin, strong and flexible Nano Polycarbon membrane.  This evenly heated wrap provided the best environment for the fermentation process, and avoided heating the whole cellar, saving considerable money.  In addition, wrapping vats separately enabled individual start-stop times for each variety of wine, providing precise temperature control for each.

The 24-volt, AC or DC, heater is easy to install by simply strapping it around the tank or barrel.  It is designed for safe, continuous use.

The system is useful for both fermentations: the alcoholic and malolactic. The heaters are custom made to adapt to all kinds and shapes of tanks, barrels and casks. It is also simpler, more practical and less expensive than heating with water. 

The heaters can easily be regulated to achieve the desired temperature for each type of tank. Monitoring and surveillance are simpler and more accurate.  It also improves the extraction of the tannin from the oak in the wine barrel second fermentation.

For more information on STEP Heater and STEP Warmfloor radiant heating systems for new and existing homes visit www.warmfloor.com.

This blog was developed by STEP Warmfloor. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Radiant Heat - Electrical & Hydronic

Companies: STEP Warmfloor



Monica Irgens

Monica is President of Electro Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of STEP Warmfloor® heating systems: a patented, low-voltage, self-regulating flat and thin heater. Monica has been in the radiant heating industry for over 20 years. She was member of the Radiant Panel Association for 15 years, served on the RPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Electric Committee and the Green Committee. Monica is also a member of the USGBC and has been involved in the design of LEED registered buildings.


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