Focusing on the constant improvement of the quality of our wines we decided early 2013 to engage in a complete revamping of our winery.
This major project, codenamed “Renaissance” comprises of four major parts :
- A new vat house
- A new barrel cellar
- A tasting room
- An equipment building
The new vat house, entirely equipped with stainless steel vats, was designed along three basic principles :
- Plot-based wine-making: the new vats will be sized to match our vineyard plots to allow more precise control of the wine-making process
- Gravity-handling of the harvest: the grapes will be brought into the vats in small containers to minimize damage before the wine-making process begins
- Automated temperature control in the vats
The new barrel cellar will provide twice the capacity of the old one and will allow an improved control of the ageing process through enhanced climate control. The new tasting room will be equipped for professional tasting and will allow us to welcome our customers in a pleasant environment, overlooking the vat house inside, and offering a view outside towards the Southern hills of Saint-Emilion village.
The new equipment building and workshop will provide our team with the space and equipment to maintain and store our agricultural machinery. The new integrated building will form an elegant and distinctive landmark in our subdivision of St Sulpice de Faleyrens.
This major investment, combining tradition and modern technology, is a testament to our will to evolve the wines of Château Croix de Bertinat towards ever more quality and notoriety. The new building will be operational for the 2014 harvest.