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Maintaining a clean and sanitary winery operation is an essential business practice. A clean working environment is good for workers' morale; increases plant efficiency, protection and longevity of equipment; and strengthens consumer confidence. It portrays a good image of the entire business.


Not only is it critical to earning and maintaining consumer confidence in a winery's products, good cellar hygiene also is synonymous with product quality and product consistency.

Wine is a complex beverage whose delicate flavors can easily be lost if sufficient attention is not paid to proper cleaning and sanitation during the course of its production.

Effective cleaning is the first step to protecting the integrity, consistency and the quality of the product. It must precede sanitization, since soil deposits can serve as sources of nutrients to unwanted microbes and also shield them from the action of sanitizing agents.


Disposal of wastewater is also a matter of concern to the wine community. In selecting chemical cleaners and sanitizers, winery operators must consider the issue of wastewater disposal. The choices they make in the cellar ultimately affect both the processing of the wastewater generated and the condition of the water when it is reapplied to the vineyard.

Heritage Systems offers a variety of products that perform efficiently and have little or no environmental impact, so wineries can be assured that the hygiene practices they adopt in their operations translate into a tiny ecological footprint.

If you could tomorrow morning make water clean in the world, you would have done, in one fell swoop, the best thing you could have done for improving human health by improving environmental quality.William C. Clark

Process water solutionsFeatured

  • Filmaway HD® is a potassium-based cleaner proven effective in removing soils, tartrates and proteins from winery surfaces. This product line contributes no sodium or phosphate to the environment.
  • Lancer 5% is peroxyacetic acid (PAA), the preferred product for winery sanitation. Because of TCA issues, the wine community has shifted away from sanitizers containing chlorine or bromine. Lancer 5% is a effective sanitizer--see the video--and has little environmental impact. Its final decomposition by-products are CO2 and water, and it contributes no sodium or chlorine to the environment.
  • Oxydate is a general-purpose decolorizing and bleaching agent and has gained a strong following. It is an effective chlorine replacement for cleaning cellar floors, caves, equipment and presses. Best of all, it contains no chlorine, phosphate or sodium, so it has little environmental impact.