The new Bodega GarzÃ³n winery opened a couple of months ago, located three kilometers from Pueblo Garzon, Maldonado, Uruguay. With an investment of 85 million US dollars, the project includes a sustainable winery spanning 19,050 square meters housing the production of fine wines, a restaurant, a luxury hotel and an exclusive wine club.
The winery is located on an area of 2,000 hectares, where olive oil is already produced, also called “little Tuscany”. So it is not by chance if La Bodega GarzÃ³n is listed as #21 among the 52 places in the world to go in 2016, according to the New York Times.
The project is interesting also from an energetic point of view as it is undergoing the LEED certification, achieving energy savings of about 40%, compared to other similar facilities, and producing 40% of its energy needs through mills and photovoltaic panels.
Furthermore the 2014/2015 grape collection allowed Bodega GarzÃ³n to become the first sustainable winery built outside the United States, following the requirements of the Green Building Council (USGBC). The goals of this certification program are to enhance transparency and advance the wine industry towards becoming among the best practices in environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices.
The engineer Gabriel GarcÃa, in charge of the hvac executive project says “It has been a real pleasure to see this dream come true and to help in the development of such a sustainable project. It is not easy to follow the LEED requirements but in the end I must admit that by doing it you are sure to create something really green and sustainable, able to produce renewable energy instead of wasting fossil fuels and emitting CO2”.
FOCUS ON HVAC
In wineries stable humidity and temperature levels together with clean air quality are directly connected to the quality of the wine in every step of the production from grape harvesting to ageing and from fermentation to testing.
Stable temperature is essential in order to keep the natural features of wine such as taste and aroma, while a proper humidity level is fundamental in avoiding any mould or extreme oxygenation. Finally clear air quality helps to always keep cork and labels in the best condition.
At Bodega Garzon the HVAC system is thus based on high efficiency Climaveneta units: 6 WIZARD air handling units working together with 2 ERACS2-Q smart heat pumps for the production of hot and cold water. WIZARD is the ultimate solution in air handling technology. It is a single and compact unit responding to the different requirements. High quality is built into every component, ensuring not only energy efficiency but also exceptional versatility and reliability. This contributes to extending the life cycle of the unit whilst reducing the maintenance costs. ERACS2-Q is an INTEGRA multi-purpose heat pump for the simultaneous production of chilled and hot water by means of two independent hydronic circuits.
Climaveneta’s solution is thus able to provide clean air quality, the best climate conditions and sanitary hot water, all year round combining high efficiency and low running costs in the winery, hotel, restaurant and all the other locations. The choice of producing sanitary hot water through heat pumps lets the system be fully integrated with renewable sources, such us mills and photovoltaic panels.
The engineer Mario Zito, Director at MED, Climaveneta distributor in Uruguay says: “It has been a pleasure for us to take part in such a challenging project, almost unmatched in our Country. Everybody is fully satisfied with the final results both in terms of humidity and temperature control for the wine production and in terms of sustainability and efficiency for the whole development energy performance.”
Sara Di Clemente