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ABC tax in California is $.80 per gallon, if Alcohol By Volume is higher than 14%, the tax raises to $1.40 per gallon.
Wine enthusiasts are drawn to the ambiance wine caves offer for production tours, wine tastings, food pairings, wine auctions, and special events. With Cut and Cover Wine Caves, the possibilities for your winery are nearly limitless. Beyond storage, our wine caves can offer the availability of tasting rooms, kitchens, restrooms, offices, and even concert areas. Our wine caves will help to make your winery a unique and memorable experience for all.
All Cut and Cover Wine Caves provide both ingress and egress for safety, security and convenience. Fire suppression technology is also available in any wine cave we design and build, allowing you to feel secure in the safety of your stored wines.
Cut and Cover Wine Caves are ecologically and environmentally sound, constructed using innovative and sustainable building practices. Coupled with lowering the use of electricity and gas to power your storage facility, our wine caves will help to decrease the carbon footprint of your business.
Underground wine caves naturally hold consistent temperature and humidity levels. This helps to eliminate the substantial heating, cooling, and humidifying costs of a surface warehouse, creating a more effective and efficient storage area for your estate or winery.
Wine caves today are made by blasting a cave in to the ground, reinforced with wire fabric, and in some cases shotcrete. Many sites do not lend easily to this process due to complex geology and poor quality rock. Planning and permitting times for subterranean structures compared to drilled caves are also greatly reduced with our system.
Our innovative, (patent pending), preformed, interlocking modules are built off-site, and shipped to your estate or winery. This allows for building a wine cave in areas that are otherwise unsuitable for cave construction; saving time, labor, and materials, thereby lowering overall building costs.
Above ground storage warehouses take up a large amount of land space, while underground installation frees valuable surface area available for multiple uses (vineyard, parking, gardens, park area, etc.) Also, in much of California, many land use restrictions which may hamper surface construction, do not apply to underground construction
High humidity minimizes evaporation. Humidity in a wine cave is naturally 70-90%. In comparison to a surface warehouse, a wine cave will reduce the average evaporation during storage from four gallons per sixty gallon barrel per year, down to one gallon per barrel per year!
Red Wines- A humidity level of 75% is ideal for red wine aging and barrel storage. With the average red wine being barrel aged‚ for two years, this represents a 10% gross volume loss difference.
White Wines- A humidity level of 85% or higher is ideal for white wines for aging and barrel storage. The average white wine ¨barrel is aged for one year, representing a 5% gross volume loss difference
In short, reduced evaporation means increased profits.
Lower operational costs, greater construction savings, lower product evaporation, and increased volume of tourism translate into more wine sales at a lower cost for storage and production.
A consistent temperature range (55°F -60°F) provides optimum year round conditions for aging and storing your wine, also ideal for storing used barrels without drying them out. Surface warehouses require energy to cool, heat and humidify, while also taking up precious winery space.