10 Mar 2021
Winery Liquid That Your Consumers Won’t Want To Drink
So, if you’re involved with a winery, it’s obviously important to get the recipes for your wine production, and, in turn, your marketing of these ‘drops’ sorted, but you’ll also want to make sure that your business has a plan in place for the copious amount of liquid waste that you’ll produce.
Wineries produce amazing white and/or red varietals (depending on their location and vines). Statista 2021 tells us that “about 1.52 million metric tonnes of grapes were used for wine production in Australia” in 2020 alone. A by-product of this is grape marc – the solid waste that remains after crushing the juice from the grape, with several thousand tonnes of this waste resulting each year. In addition, there are many millions of litres of liquid wastewater culminating from the host of wineries spread across our bountiful country.
So, if you’re involved with a winery, it’s obviously important to get the recipes for your wine production, and, in turn, your marketing of these ‘drops’ sorted, but you’ll also want to make sure that your business has a plan in place for the copious amount of liquid waste that you’ll produce. Think of it as your responsibility to manage the total product lifecycle. It may not be as glamorous as deciding on branding, or new product names for your upcoming vintage, or posting mouth-watering images to your socials, but like any business, it’s often the back-end (pardon the pun!) non-customer-facing processes that you put in place that help determine the overall success of your business.
First - a little refresher on wine wastewater and it’s flow-on effects:
- It has high levels of naturally occurring sugars
- If released into local waterways, damaging algae blooms may result
- Aquatic life can suffer tragic outcomes
Next - what can you do to manage wine liquid waste whist looking after your team, your customers, your community, and the surrounding environment:
- Wash facilities thoroughly during the harvesting and wine production stages
- Do not simply discharge directly to yours (or others) land
- Arrange for the wastewater to be treated and disposed of by specialists
So, whether you’re a new kid on the block producing wines, or wine-making has been in your family for generations, you’ll know firsthand that it’s not all about flavour profiles and labels, but rather it’s a series of processes which may include some or all of grape picking and crushing, observations, fermentation, lots of waiting around, and finally bottling!
Liquid waste management and removal is just another process in your long, long To Do list, and one that you can best keep on top of by outsourcing to a specialist such as us – Harmor Liquid Waste Solutions – your one-stop waste management shop! We’ll look after the waste proactively or in an emergency if need be, whilst enabling you to keep your production up-and-running and focussing on your strengths of creating amazing wines for your fine wine connoisseurs!
And if you happen to have a restaurant with a kitchen and toilets, or even accommodation on site, we have other services such as grease trap cleaning and septic tank cleaning (desludging) which we can offer too!
For more information or to obtain a quotation, please contact us on 1800 HARMOR.
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