Project Profile: Domaine Vincent Pinard Winery
The commune of Bué in the famed Loire Valley wine-making region is one of the few that is able to make appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) Sancerre wine. Roughly two hours south of Paris and only 40 minutes from the city of Bourges, the area is the epicenter of dry Sauvignon Blanc and full-bodied Pinot Noir wine. One local vintner, Domaine Vincent Pinard, one of the oldest and most renowned in the region, became attracted to preserving their cellars with spray foam insulation to better regulate the temperatures needed for the wine-making process.
The winery chose Icynene spray foam insulation since the organization closely aligned with its own philosophy. The winery practices a stringent environmentally friendly policy using organic and biological harvesting methods. The choice of spray foam insulation and its energy efficient offering fit in perfectly.
In October 2012, an Icynene spray foam contractor in France worked alongside the local Sancerre architect to ensure that the Domaine Vincent Pinard wine cellars could indeed be insulated with spray foam insulation. Their top priority was to ensure the development of the wine was not affected by the inclusion of the spray foam. The spray foam contractor consulted Vect’Oeur, the Wine and Environment Research and Expertise Center, to conduct a series of tests and analysis to determine how the installation of spray foam insulation affected the wine making process, if at all.
Following extensive testing and analysis, the researchers at Vect’Oeur determined that the inclusion of spray foam insulation in the wine cellars did not adversely affect the wine. The positive result paved the way for the spray foam contractor to apply the modern insulation material in wineries such as Domaine Vincent Pinard across France including the winery in Bué.
Protecting the Wine
The spray foam team installed around 4,111 sq. ft. of open cell, light density spray foam insulation in the cellar roof space achieving an R-Value of 6.05 and a further 1,539 sq. ft. of open cell spray foam in the cellar walls for an R-value of 2.63. The inclusion of the open-cell light density Icynene Classic Plus™ spray foam insulation was ideal for use in the cellars since insulates the space to maintain the correct temperatures for the wine. Furthermore, the spray foam insulation helps protect the wine from outside particles that can potentially impact the taste of the wine as it ages.
In some areas of the cellar, the spray foam insulation was coated with black paint to help create a dark and dry, almost cave-like space to further help protect the wine and its aging process.
As a result of the spray foam application, Domaine Vincent Pinard in Bué continues to produce brilliant Sancerre wines and has married insulation innovation with the latest innovations in wine production. The licensed Icynene spray foam contractor in France is able to assist other forward-thinking wineries within the Loire Valley to consider protecting their assets with spray foam insulation while continuing to produce some of the finest wines in the world.