Last May 1st, Aurora Winery inaugurated a new industrial unit, model of automation and sustainability, which grants a continuous growth of the largest Brazilian winery for the next decades. Located at Vale dos Vinhedos in Bento Gonçalves, South of Brazil, the new unit will absorb the production of grape juice and entry level wines, keeping in its headquarters the production of Still wines and sparkling wines.
With the growth in the productive capacity of the grape juice, Aurora Winery has already opened new markets abroad for this unique product and the exports have been increasing considerably. This year, from January to May, the winery exported more than 125.000 bottles, while in 2018 were sold 69.100 and in 2017, 65.000. In 2019, Aurora opened 3 new markets for this product: Argentina, South Africa and Portugal, and made new shipments to Paraguay, Curaçao, Canada and the United States, where by the end of May, Casa de Bento organic grape juice will also be launched.
“As a Brazilian leader, we do have a commitment with the market and the family members, of growing even more and on a sustainable base”, says the president Itacir Pedro Pozza. “We’ve reached an important level of growth in the last years, despite of the economic crisis, we needed a good structure to continue increasing our growth, for the next decades”, says Hermínio Ficagna, the director of Aurora.
With 24.000 m2, the new plant starts with the production capacity of 10.000 bottles of 1L per hour in the first months, expecting to achieve 30.000 bottles/hour until next year. When two work shifts are implemented, the winery will have the capacity to bottle two times what is bottling nowadays.
The new plant is a sustainable factory, the only in Brazil with LEED v4 certification, besides ISO 9001 and FSC 22000. The most modern, automated and sustainable Brazilian winery has a roof with skylux system which reflect natural light for the ambient. It has an automated system also for air control, besides the cloistered bottling to avoid contamination and automated bottling lines with robotic supervisors. It also has a CIP cleaning system for all pipes.
The factory has two robotic processes: grape receiving, which uses two German robots with movement capacity of 1000kg, and the expedition process, which uses four Japanese robots, with capacity to palletize 22 boxes per minute.