Construction

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:08 -- admin

Our winery, cellar and tasting room was originally constructed in 1887 as a much larger cellar built to store and age about 2 million gallons of wine. At the time of construction mechanical cooling for such large buildings was not practical, so it was built with natural resistance to temperature fluctuations with 2 and a half foot double brick walls and a 18 inch air space to help the outside temperatures from affecting the inside temperature. Also a large attic space was built on top of the whole building to act as a barrier to help withstand temperature change. This simple but heavy use of material in construction is very important to aging a wine properly, which readily expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations.  Although we have installed mechanical cooling to help better control the temperature and thus ensuring a quality product, the amount that is utilized is minimal, simply from the original design of the building.

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