From Bordeaux to Borassa, and from Mendoza to Napa, winemakers work with 3M filtration and dissolved gas control to consistently craft the finest wines year after year. 3M innovations include the dual-zone depth filter with a lenticular design: 3M™ Zeta Plus™ Series and 3M™ Liqui-Cel™ membrane contactors for dissolved gas control.
We design systems to help producers improve their wine making process and we work with individual producers to define an ideal system for clarification, prefiltration and final filtration. This results in systems capable of reducing the total cost of filtration, while still focusing on efficiency and reliability.
A typical winemaking process is often very natural and requires minimal human intervention, however, wine filtration plays a key role at certain stages. At the very beginning, the winemaking process starts when ripe grapes are harvested, crushed and then pressed, only finishing when a perfectly clear and aged wine is bottled. Filtration is used at key points and tends to get successively more refined throughout the process; beginning with a coarse clarification, before moving to more refined stages to polish the wine. The finest stage of wine filtration is through a final membrane which helps to control microorganisms which if left, can prematurely foul the wine.
Gas management is also utilised within the winemaking process to control CO₂ and O₂ levels that can impact aroma and taste.
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Rough, polishing and ultrafine clarification steps remove any carry over of dead yeast cells from the fining stage along with any undesirable tannins and proteins. The clarification process helps create a clear, haze-free wine before being tanker-loaded, off-loaded or stored.
3M filtration and gas management products can help you by providing clean and deoxygenated water for your tank, washing and rinsing, flushing, warm water regenerating, and hot-water sanitising. Reduce small particles and microorganisms from prematurely fouling your wine filters, reduce dissolved oxygen levels to increase the stability of your wine, and get closer to your goal of a perfectly finished product.
When you’re driven to produce the best-tasting wine, final filtration is required to create stability to prevent spoilage after being bottled. Final filtration removes microorganisms and other contaminants that can spoil both hardy and delicate wines.
Haze control starts with 3M™ Zeta Plus™ H Series Filter Cartridges. Advanced filter media helps efficiently remove particles for results you can see in every bottle.
Use 3M™ Zeta Plus™ MH Series Dual-Zone Depth Filters for higher contaminant capacity and longer life.
3M™ LifeASSURE™ BDA020 Series Filters help meet the highest standards for microorganism control. Combined with 3M’s range of particle control and prefiltration filter cartridges, these sterilizing grade filters offer bottlers a complete solution for rigorous contaminant control while maintaining long service life and low operating costs.
The 3M™ Liqui-Cel™ EXF (Extra-flow) Series makes use of a centre baffle to improve oxygen removal efficiency by maximising contact with the membrane surface area. They’re ideal for deaerated water requirements.
High flow capability, small footprint. High flow absolute rated filter cartridges have large particle holding capacity, making them effective in many different brewery applications.