Listed winemaker Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has opened its $165 million wine production facility in the Barossa, the largest premium winemaking site yet in the Southern Hemisphere.
The new wine plant is estimated to produce more than 100 million litres of wine annually, increasing TWE’s production capacity by one-third. The site includes an additional production line, processing infrastructure and additional barrel storage facilities.
An adjacent 4500sqm Icon Cellar Building provides visitors with the VIP treatment to experience and tour the winemaking process.
“The new site is purpose-built for premium winemaking with the flexibility to scale up or down production depending on demand, which is crucial given the ebbs and flows of wine production,” said Kerrin Petty, chief supply officer of TWE.
Petty said sustainability has been front of mind throughout the entire project with the new infrastructure. As part of its goal of being powered 100 per cent by renewable energy by 2024, solar panels are being installed to offset 22 per cent of the site’s energy consumption from the grid.
“We have also installed a purpose-built 254 megalitre dam to store treated water waste in winter and irrigate our vineyards in summer,” he added.
“We’ve been able to implement improved safety initiatives including being the first in Australia to use Automated Guided Vehicles to manage our barrel movements as well as using new automated tank technology to check on the wine which reduces the need for our team members to frequently enter tanks.”