What kind of wines can ConeTech process?

ConeTech’s thin film vacuum distillation technologies can process all varieties of wines, including fermenting juices and wines with high dissolved CO2, solids and turbidity.

How much wine do I need to send you and how much wine will I lose?

Our clients can assume that to reduce a blend by 1% alcohol, approximately 10% of the blend’s volume needs to be shipped to ConeTech. Total blend losses are approximately 20%.

What if I don't know how much alcohol to take out?

We typically calculate the amount of wine to be adjusted based upon the final desired alcohol level of our clients. As a standard, we adjust wine down to 4% alcohol. The 4% alcohol wine is then blended back in to the total wine blend to bring the wine down to our client's desired total alcohol level. For clients uncertain as to the final desired alcohol levels for their wine, we offer our complimentary Sweet Spot Services. Sweet Spot testing allows our client to sample their wine at several different alcohol levels enabling them to identify the preferred final alcohol level. Once our client determines the desired final level we can identify the amount of wine needed using our calculations. If desired, we can ship wine back at any alcohol level requested, offering flexibility to both clients with minimal-sized blends and clients with large blends.

How can ConeTech help me with my stuck ferment?

ConeTech can reduce the alcohol content of fermenting wine with our Spinning Cone Columns, bringing your fermenting wine to an alcohol level where the yeast can re-start their metabolic cycle.

What is the processing time for my wine?

In most cases the turnaround time is three days: ConeTech receives wine on Day 1, processes wine on Day 2, and ships wine back to the customer on Day 3. ConeTech offers expedited processing for clients who are in need of quick adjustments for bottling or other emergencies.

What condition is the wine in when shipped back to my winery?

Alcohol adjusted wine is shipped back at 6 degrees Celsius, with free SO2 adjusted to the client’s request and dissolved oxygen <1 ppm. We can also accommodate alternate shipping parameters (wine still fermenting for example) to meet a winemaking team’s specific needs.

What operating procedures are used in ConeTech’s cellar with my wine?

ConeTech uses industry standard cleaning and sanitation procedures to ensure that wines return to our customers in perfect condition. Our experienced cellar staff uses inert gasses during all wine transfers to ensure that wines are adequately protected. Our experienced enologists oversee and audit these processes on a daily basis. We treat your wine as if it were ours.

What happens to the alcohol that is removed?

The neutral grape brandy that is removed from wine via our thin film vacuum distillation technologies stays with ConeTech.

What other beverages can ConeTech process?

ConeTech welcomes the opportunity to assist new industries in their flavor and alcohol management programs. Contact us today to learn how we may be able to assist you.

What is the cost to use ConeTech’s services?

Each job is a custom job based upon our clients alcohol reduction needs, quantities and specific requirements.

Our services are priced per gallon/liter and are calculated to meet the jobs specified needs. Obviously, charges on large lots will be significantly lower than on small ones.

We value our customers and offer special incentives and discounts. Please contact us and we will provide you with current incentive information and a job specific quote.

How does a job get scheduled?

To schedule a job or simply gain additional information, contact one of our Winemakers for assistance with your adjustment needs.

For assistance in the USA contact:

Jessica Smith

Lillian Gresset

Tel: 707.577.7500

For assistance in Europe contact:

Silvia Cedeno Daguerre

Aaron Silverstein

Tel: +34 672 444 752

For assistance in South Africa contact:

Werner Engelbrecht

Tel: +27(0)21 852 3754

For assistance in Chile contact:

Serge Candelon

Tel: +56 75 247 1621

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