Aphromate Plus from Parsec automates the production of Charmat sparkling wines


ATPGroup and its trusted partner Parsec are entering the American sparkling wine production market. Presentation Aphromate Plus which offers an innovative and precise control system for the automation of the sparkling wine process according to the Charmat method.

ATPGroup prides itself on “relentless innovation” in the wine, beer, food and pharmaceutical industries. Their wine team partners with wineries to provide technical solutions, make innovative product recommendations and can help overcome a variety of wine challenges. By bringing Parsec’s revolutionary European system to the United States in the form of Aphromate Plus, they offer wineries more options for the production of sparkling wines.

The Charmat method was created in Italy and is a sparkling winemaking process that traps bubbles in the wine via carbonation in large steel vats. The Charmat method is used in Italy to produce Prosecco, Moscato, Lambrusco and others, and in Spain for sparkling wines without the Champagne method. ATPGroup has just started distributing the Aphromate Plus for use in the United States, and the first treatment system is now in use in a large winery in northern California.

the Aphromate Plus The process control system provides:

  1. Control and management of fermentation speed and thermal stratification
  2. Adaptive regulation of fermentation speed
  3. Open tank fermentation and predictive management of tank closure
  4. Absolute precision in terms of residual sugar
  5. Predictive management of fermentation stops
  6. Advanced degassing pressure regulation

the Aphromate Plus control system can now eliminate some of the most common problems associated with the creation of sparkling wine using the Charmat method, such as the elimination of reducing aromas, so that the use of copper can be avoided, eliminate the need for additional sugar normally required for degassing, and can also eliminate errors in the amounts of CO2 in the bottles. Cost savings can be seen in the elimination of spoiled products, fewer labor hours for winemaking staff and fewer additives needed to produce a quality product.

This system, used in large and small wineries in Italy, Spain and now in the United States, interestingly offers the possibility for small and medium wineries to create sparkling wine bundles for their club members. wine. With DTC sales increasing dramatically during the pandemic, many wineries are listening to requests for sparkling wines from their wine club members. In trials with their experimental vineyard, a small batch was made from just two tonnes of grapes, presenting the option for smaller batches the size of a wine club.

By author Mitch Frank, as cited in the December 15, 2020 issue of The Wine Spectator, consumption of sparkling wines has increased over the past twelve years in the United States. The trend for wineries to include a bubbly option on their wine list has grown significantly, putting pressure on more US wineries to produce sparkling wine. However, the ability to do so has been limited, so far.

Large wineries can realize significant savings by automating many components of this process control system, with data at their fingertips in the form of a dashboard. Andrea Uliva, winemaker, Research & Development for Parsec, explains that the Aphromate Plus can be set to notify the winemaker if fermentation is slowing down, so the yeast may need more feed, or if the temperature needs to be adjusted.

Elliot Bonior, Regional Manager and Wine Process Sales for ATPGroup, says: “The Aphromate Plus platform has the ability to fit easily into the cellar of any winery. Whether it is a large scale Charmat production or a small club allocation of sparkling wines, this system can be adapted to produce a reliable and high quality product. Above all, he notes that “it is a game-changing tool for the winegrower and his team. They can now produce a consistent product regardless of the ever-changing variables that wine grapes present. This is due to the system’s customizable programs and protocols. Each step of the fermentation process is followed in real time. If necessary, the winemaking team can always intervene; however, the program dashboard will give the winemaker the necessary data to avoid the tedious process of daily tank checks and laboratory analyzes. The Aphromate system completely automates this process and gives the winemaker full visibility over the entire Charmat production.

“We initially created this product to help Italian producers create a sparkling wine with the right sugars and maintain specific pressure throughout the second fermentation,” explains Uliva. “It is difficult to produce a sparkling wine in a tank,” he notes. “This system dynamically controls fermentation. This can help you get a better environment for the second fermentation (Pris de Mousse).

ATPGroup has a team of maintenance and service technicians, as well as parts specialists, providing 24/7 emergency service in the United States. From regular service checks to emergency issues, ATPGroup has their service team and parts right at their fingertips. The technicians are specially trained by Parsec, so they have the specific knowledge and skills to maintain the flow of production. In addition, for the Aphromate PlusParsec offers online specialists who can help you set up programming, do online training, or answer any software questions.

ATPGroup is the exclusive American partner of Parsec and its Aphromate Plus system. For more information, please visit https://atpgroup.com/product/aphromate-plus / or contact an ATPGroup equipment specialist at (707) 836-6840.

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