Cleanwood, the innovative technology for regeneration of wine barrels

Cleanwood, the innovative technology for regeneration of wine barrels

The cutting-edge technology developed by the Spanish company Cleanwood,‘Microwave Shock Pulse’ (MwSP), It allows in just four minutes per barrel: to regenerate the wood, to open the pores, to leach part of the drunk wine, to extract it with the microbiology in the wood and to eradicate all the microorganisms harmful to the aging of the wine. With this technology, the use of sulfur and steam can be replaced, creating wines that are perceived as more natural, healthier, more sustainable and genuine..

Cleanwood Technology SL, lead by Bernard AusejoCo-founder and CEO of the company, has developed a technology that eliminates microorganisms from the kegs without the use of sulfur dioxide and sulphites. This innovation makes it possible to obtain wines that reduce the risk of allergies and are perceived by the consumer as more natural, healthier, more sustainable and genuine.

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As usual, sulfur has been used to protect the wine by controlling unwanted microorganisms and preventing oxidation. However, society’s growing concern about the consumption of sulfite-containing foods such as wine has led to this new European regulations aimed at reducing or even eliminating their use.

Cleanwood’s innovative technology is harmless to health replace the use of sulfur. And as Bernardo Ausejo explains, “With this technology, we want to create a different future for the world of cask aging. Thanks to Cleanwood technology Breeding yeast is removedshe the barrels, one of the greatest enemies of wineries, as well as the rest of harmful microorganisms for winemaking. This is how we managed to produce more natural barrel-aged wineswith less chemical impact and with better health and quality control”and adds the goal was to try to help and it is the philosophy that we have shaped in the company.”

In this context, Beronia wineriesbelonging to the group Gonzalez Byassis the first winery in the world to use it to regenerate and disinfect its barrels with excellent results.

How does Cleanwood work?

The Cleanwood system is searching «Disinfection, regeneration and cleaning» to Ausejo. It is based on high frequency waves that’s true to a certain extent frequency pattern and intensities on wood to eliminate microorganisms. Determining this frequency pattern is crucial so that the properties of the elements are not changed. organoleptic components of wood.

This is achieved through technology, called ‘Microwave Shock Pulse’ (MwSP), that allows in just four minutes per barrel: to regenerate the wood, to open the pores, to leach part of the drunk wine, to extract it with the microbiology of the inside of the wood and to eradicate all the microorganisms harmful to the aging of the wine. In this way it is not only possible to regenerate and disinfect the keg, but it also increases the quality of the product and multiplies the useful life of the barrelswith the resulting benefit for the wineries.

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This is how Ausejo explains it “We’re taking a sample to find out their microbiology. We add distilled water, shake, and the sample comes out by decanting so there is no interference. And added With a treatment of just 4 minutes we are able to physically eradicate any microbiological problem from the keg.thereby eliminating the use of sulfur, steam and ozone from the basement sanitization process, so We conserve the wood and do not alter its organoleptic profile.

A mobile and fixed service technology that adapts to the size of the warehouse

clean wood has developed an industrial machine, available in different versions depending on the size of the cellar, to be able to apply the technology with a treatment that manages to preserve the barrel 100% physically. Thus, this machine allows the keg to be disinfected after the initial washing by a homogeneous field of high-frequency waves managed by an algorithm that guarantees both the total elimination of “board” and the non-alteration of the organoleptic profile of the wood As a result, they won the “Individual R&D Project” award. Innovation Award 2019 which grants the Technology Platform Wine (PTV).

The machine consists of a uniform and homogeneous treatment chamber in which there are two wheels that turn the barrel and six parts called magnetrons that emit radiation. These parts were designed and manufactured exclusively for these machines and are exclusively produced worldwide. Some of this technology was used in the military industry; Broadly speaking, it’s like putting the kegs in a very “specific” microwaveAusejo points this out.

The costs for the barrel treatment in the mobile service are 20 euros per treatment and machine rental flat rate. In this way, explains Ausejo, “We have a machine that can be permanently installed in the largest warehouses; another “portable” possibility that we mobilize with a truck to the winery itself and a third in our facilities in Lanciego to serve the little ones and do the demonstrations “.

clean wood has the support of the Basque Government, which took a positive decision for the project and provided financial assistance, and the European Commission with the Horizon 2020 programthe most ambitious research and innovation program of the European Union (EU).

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