Wine in Georgia: An Ancient Tradition Builds on PENETRON

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PENETRON’s innovative treatment of historic – and new – wineries in Georgia testify to the effectiveness of crystalline concrete technology. Last month, three prominent Georgian wineries have completed new construction and renovation projects using PENETRON technology.

The new Kvareli Winery visitor’s pavilion was treated with PENETRON ADMIX to ensure a waterproof structure.

Even when treating ancient cellar walls – and new construction – the PENETRON System has been proven effective to ensure waterproof and more durable concrete structures…We’re proud to help an ancient tradition find a new foundation for the 21st century.

PENETRON’s innovative treatment of historic – and new – wineries in Georgia testify to the effectiveness of crystalline concrete technology. Last month, three prominent Georgian wineries have completed new construction and renovation projects using PENETRON technology.

The valleys of the South Caucasus in Georgia have cultivated grapevines for over 8,000 years. It is one of the oldest wine regions in the world, and today, the wineries play a vital economical role in this young country. Georgian viticulture is inseparable from its national identity.

“Amazingly enough, PENETRON counts two of Georgia’s best-known wine regions – Kakheti and Mukhrani – as customers,” says Tamazi Chikhladze, Director of PENETRON Georgia. “The past few months have seen a flurry of construction and renovation activity in this area using our crystalline concrete solutions.”

Kakheti / Alaverdi Monastery
The Alaverdi Monastery in Kakheti has been making wines since the 10th century, and possibly as early as the 8th century. The monastery’s Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building (55 m / 168 feet) in Georgia. The Alaverdi Monastery Cellar wines are still made in the traditional way, in large clay vessels called “kvevri.” The historic Alaverdi wine cellar was renovated using the PENETRON System. A combination of PENETRON and PENECRETE MORTAR was applied on the walls of the cellar to prevent penetration of ground water into the wine storage areas.

Kakheti / Kvareli Winery
Located in Kvareli in Kakheti province, the Kvareli Winery is known for its Kindzmarauli wine, a semi-sweet red variety. The Kvareli Winery cellars stretch for over 8 km (5 miles). The concrete used to build the new tasting/testing pavilion was treated with PENETRON ADMIX; PENECRETE MORTAR was used to seal the seams in the walls to ensure a waterproof structure.

Mukhrani / Château Mukhrani Winery
A winery since the 19th century, Château Mukhrani was first established in 1512 but fell into disrepair during the Soviet period. The Château, the vineyards and winery have been extensively renovated thanks to Marussia Beverages, an international consortium, which has revived wine production in Mukhrani using a combination of traditional and modern technologies. Because of the high water table in the region, the PENETRON System was applied to the renovation of the Château and the wine cellars to ensure impermeable and durable structures. The wine cellar offers room to store 60,000 barrels at a constant temperature.

“Even when treating ancient cellar walls – and new construction – the PENETRON System has been proven effective to ensure waterproof and more durable concrete structures,” adds Robert Revera, President & CEO of The PENETRON Group. “We’re proud to help an ancient tradition find a new foundation for the 21st century.”

The PENETRON Group is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products for concrete waterproofing, concrete repairs and floor preparation systems. The Group operates through a global network, offering support to the design and construction community through its regional offices, representatives and distribution channels.

For more information on PENETRON waterproofing solutions, please visit penetron.com or Facebook.com/ThePenetronGroup, email CRDept(at)penetron(dot)com, or contact the Corporate Relations Department at 631-941-9700.

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