In late 2019, Zonzo Estate’s wine label in Yarra Valley, Australia, started to build a winery. With a tight deadline of the next vintage production, GF Piping Systems’ pre-insulated, energy efficient and more sustainable COOL-FIT 4.0 piping system was chosen for the wine production cooling circuit and COOL-FIT 2.0 for comfort cooling and heating for the whole facility to bring friends the best drop possible.
The project timescale was tight: all equipment had to be fully installed and commissioned in time for the same year's wine harvest so that it could be used to produce the 2020 vintage. The cooling circuit, custom designed for the project, uses a mixture of glycol and water, circulating at a temperature of -5°C and 4 bar of pressure and is supported by 200KW of chiller capacity. The glycol circuit is the main pipe run for the winery production for white and red wine.
This was the first time that the latest-generation pre-insulated piping technology COOL-FIT 4.0 had been
selected for installation in a winery anywhere in the world. Zonzo Estate explains: "We chose this
refrigeration piping not only for its clean-line industrial aesthetic, but also its incredible energy efficiency.
There is minimal heat transfer and energy loss due to the pre-insulated piping."
Despite changes in the bill of materials after the project had started, the speed and ease of installation of the piping system, combined with the training and on-site technical support provided by GF Piping Systems Australia got the project done. Now that the new facility is up and running, the full benefits of Zonzo Estate’s careful approach to equipment design and selection will start to become apparent: an array of challenges, such as a tight construction timescale, stringent technical requirements, and the need to minimise the environmental footprint, was overcome thanks to the right products being chosen at the outset.