AusGrape has extended its leadership in wine dealcoholisation, installing the latest technology to become Australia’s only facility operating two Spinning Cone Columns (SCC).
Having recently rebranded from AustFlavor, AusGrape has been working with global technology manufacturer Flavourtech for 35 years and was one of the first wine companies to use the SCC technology which gently removes alcohol from wine at lower temperatures to preserve the delicate varietal characters.
Headquartered in Griffith, Australia, Flavourtech specialises in aroma recovery, extraction and evaporation solutions for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The brand’s flagship product – the Spinning Cone Column (SCC) – is designed to extract and recover volatile compounds using steam, under vacuum conditions. This is a far more gentle process compared to standard extraction techniques.
Flavourtech General Manager Leon Skaliotis says the SCC has been proven to deliver significant returns on investment through the removal of unwanted flavour and alcohol under optimum conditions to maintain the natural characteristics of the raw material.
“Equipped with state-of-the-art control and automation, the SCC operates as a continuous processing system delivering superb efficiency and maximising factory uptime. It’s the gold standard for alcohol removal,” says Skaliotis.
AusGrape Manager Rob Merrick says the company’s investment in a second SCC is in response to the growing demand for zero and lower alcohol wines.
“We recently invested $2.5 million in a second SCC so that we can keep up with the demand of the emerging NoLo category. The SCC technology is essential to creating quality, market leading, dealcoholised products.”
The Australian government recently issued a $3M Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grant to fund a collaborative NoLo research initiative between AusGrape owner, Australian Vintage, and 10 industry partners. Australian Vintage will be the project lead of this co-operative initiative and will work closely with the partners to conduct research with a key objective of optimising the flavour and mouthfeel of NoLo products as well as drilling down into consumer and market insights of the category.