SCHEID VINEYARDS, Salinas Valley, CA
Scheid Vineyards was looking to create a state-of-the-art facility and significantly increase its production. The 40-year old Salinas Valley vineyard turned to Axiom Engineers℠ for planning and implementing innovative solutions. Axiom Engineers℠ integrated open-top Pinot fermenters with punch-down rails alongside commercial 25 and 30-ton red sloped-bottom fermenters, which fed a traveling pomace press. The winery also incorporates a substantial white fermentation program with three Diemme 430 bladder presses with whole-cluster top feed.
Among the custom design elements that Axiom developed for Scheid were low maceration and gentle handling techniques usually found in much smaller wineries, and a unique rolling press designed to reduce red must wine handling by moving the press to the tanks instead of pumping the product to the press. Energy consuming equipment including glycol pumps, aerators, and refrigeration are designed with high-efficiency, variable-speed motors, ultimately reducing energy demand.
Other conservation and cost saving efficiencies include a wastewater handling system, incorporating inclined plate pre-screen device with a rake to reduce BOD prior to pumping to the treatment pond. The treatment pond is outfitted with three high-efficiency paddle type aerators allowing the treated wastewater to be blended with potable water at a rate of three-to-one, and reused for irrigation.