Italy was once again the world’s leading wine producer in 2020 (49.1 million hectolitres), followed by France (46.6 million hectolitres) and Spain (40.7 million hectolitres). These three countries account for most of European (165 million hectolitres) and global production: smaller producers include the United States (22.8 million hectolitres) and Argentina. Despite a 10.8% drop during the year of the pandemic, France is still at the top of the rankings for foreign sales (worth 8.7 billion Euros) ahead of Italy and Spain.
Wine-manufacturing plants are often synonymous with beautiful architecture, sustainability and tourist interest. A number of wine-manufacturing plants in Italy bear the hallmark of leading architects - for example, Mario Botta, Renzo Piano and Tobia Scarpa – as do several others in Spain (Frank O. Gehry and Norman Foster) or the United States (Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron). Design moves hand-in-hand with the use of innovative materials and technology for producing, conserving and ageing wine.
Mapei has helped build and renovate numerous wine-production plants, including the Château de Pez winery.
Château de Pez, Saint-Estèphe (France)
CERTIFIED PRODUCTS FOR AN EXTENSION TO THIS WINERY RICH IN HISTORY
Dating back to the 15th century, Château de Pez is one of the oldest vineyards in the Saint-Estèphe area in the Bordeaux region (France). Situated on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, it covers an area of 48 hectares and includes vines of the Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. It has been owned by Maison de Champagne Louis Roederer since 1995 and produces fine wines of exceptional quality. The structure has a rich history and has been transformed over the centuries with numerous investments and extensive renovation work over the years to modernise the winery’s processing equipment and buildings.
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS FOR AN ANTIQUE STRUCTURE
While carrying out the extension work, the main contractor, Adrien Costa, used Mapei solutions to waterproof and install ceramic tiles in the new wine-making area and in the area where the freshly-harvested grapes are offloaded.
The system used for this particular intervention meets the requirements of French certification “Excell PLUS ambiance intérieure®” which certifies the absence of specific contaminants, guaranteeing that emissions from the materials employed do not affect wine while it is being stored or going through the ageing process, and that the health and safety of those who live and work in areas where they are applied is safeguarded.
On a surface area of more than 600 m2, the first step was to form a screed made from TOPCEM, a special hydraulic binder for normal-setting, rapid-drying, controlled-shrinkage screeds, which helps reduce waiting times before installing flooring (24 hours) and before putting them into service (48 hours).
After a thorough clean, the surfaces were waterproofed with MAPELASTIC AQUADEFENSE ready-to-use, rapid-drying, liquid elastic membrane.
30 x 30 cm porcelain tiles were then bonded to the floors and walls using KERAFLUID N adhesive, which is distributed in France by Mapei France.
The joints were grouted with ULTRACOLOR PLUS high performance grout. In this specific job site, the product was chosen by the designer because it has the "Excelle zone verte" label, usually requested in France for works in wineries.