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We offer the largest production and service network in North America for Intermediate Bulk Containers. The ideal packaging system for any transport task – every day and all over the world, millions of packaging systems by SCHÜTZ are used to transport and store products safely. From simple chemicals, hazardous goods to highly sensitive products such as foods, we dependably supply customers with sustainable packaging solutions.

Discover the new way of getting perfect results with your wine.

  • Plastic containers for wine and other foods must comply with strict specifications. Our WINE-STORE-AGE ECOBULK is certified in accordance with SCHÜTZ FOODCERT – our premium standard for food safety, which far exceeds the standards specified in FDA tests and approvals for the materials used
  • A SCHÜTZ is the first manufacturer to offer IBCs with an integrated EVOH permeation barrier. This gives you complete control over how much oxygen comes into contact with the wine and protects the quality of your product
  • SCHÜTZ continued the experiments started by the AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute) together with an Australian wine-grower from Central Victoria in order todetermine the suitability of IBCs for wine storage and maturing. The result: Wine matures to premium quality in the SCHÜTZ WINE-STORE-AGE IBC!
  • Ideal for export: Turn waiting time into transport time! Your wine could already be on its way to your target market while it matures for those last few weeks
Schuetz Ecobulk for Wine storage and Transport
Schuetz Ecobulk for Wine storage and Transport
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Schuetz FoodCert IBC
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Schuetz Ecobulk 1000 liters
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ECOBULK Wine Store Age
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A Real Alternative for the Maturation and Storage of Wine: The Schütz Wine-Store-Age IBC
01 July, 2019

Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age:

Economically efficient wine production in IBCs

Equipped with EVOH barrier for controlled oxygen supply, the Wine-Store-Age IBC is ideal for storing, transporting and maturing wine. The IBC and its benefits have been thoroughly tested by experts in Australia. Studies are also currently being carried out at the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim – and the initial results are very promising. Compared to conventional tanks, wine manufacturers can save time and costs in their supply chain. Schütz is now looking for winegrowers and producers as test partners.

Selters (hds).- “Ripe for a new solution?” This is the question Schütz is currently asking German wine growers and producers. Why? The cubic bulk packaging (IBC –Intermediate Bulk Container) of the globally operating packaging manufacturer is also a great solution for use in wineries, cellars and warehouses. The best proof of this claim is a 2016 Rheingau Riesling dry: this fine wine was the result of a cooperation with the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim. Schütz’s Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age was the focus of a series of scientific tests conducted at the institute. Equipped with EVOH barrier for controlled oxygenation, this IBC model is ideal for maturing, storing and transporting wine. Three years ago, this IBC was extensively and successfully tested by experts at the Australian Wine Institute (AWRI) using a barrique variant of a Shiraz red wine. In Germany, the oenologists at Geisenheim University led by Professor Rainer Jung also focused on this topic. Together with experts from Schütz, they chose a typical Riesling from the slate slopes of the Rhine Valley, representing the numerous white wine varieties that are grown in Europe.

In order to continue these tests in day-to-day winery operations, between now and 1 August 2018, Schütz is looking for innovative wine growers and producers who are interested in testing the Wine-Store-Age IBC. Applicants are invited to register at and state briefly how they intend to use the IBC; Schütz will be selecting a number of testers, each of whom will receive five containers along with project support and inclusion in joint marketing and PR activities.

A permeation barrier helps during the maturation process   

A variety of container shapes and materials are used during the wine production process. Wine typically matures in barrels or – as a modern alternative – in steel or plastic containers. Protecting this oxidation-prone product from external influences is one of the main challenges in wine production. This factor also determines the choice of container, which must ensure that only small quantities of oxygen permeate in. Oxygen is the number one enemy of wine: it alters the flavour and character, accelerates premature ageing and diminishes the quality. However, wine also depends on oxygen to mature, as it influences the content of phenols, the colour, the tannins and other essential aroma substances. It is precisely here that the Wine-Store-Age IBC can show its true strengths! The container is part of the Schütz Foodcert line and is certified according to the highest industrial food standard, FSSC 22000. It has an EVOH barrier that prevents the permeation in and out of oxygen, nitrogen and other gases, allowing the wine to mature under controlled exposure to oxygen. All of these factors were clearly demonstrated in the first comprehensive study in Australia. As a leading packaging producer with factories on all five continents, Schütz firmly believes that the demand for IBCs in the wine industry will continue to increase. For smaller wine producers in particular, the certified containers are a cost-effective and space-saving alternative for storing, maturing and transporting wines. This applies in particular to smaller vintages with lower yields, such as those recorded in 2017.

Successful comparative test in Geisenheim    

In order to popularise the use of IBCs for the maturation of wine in Europe as well as Australia, Schütz started a cooperation with the Institute of Oenology at the world renowned University of Geisenheim in 2017. The aim of the series of experiments carried out on behalf of the market leader was to test plastic containers (IBC) with an integrated oxygen barrier in comparison to containers made of inert materials such as stainless steel. The study compared the development of a test wine in the FSSC-certified Ecobulk Wine-Store-Age with an EVOH barrier with that in a stainless steel container over a period of three and six months, respectively. The results of the study showed that, in comparison to stainless steel tanks, which are chiefly used, there was no perceptible oxygen permeation into the IBC from the outside through the container walls. In the test a typical, good quality wine of this variety matured in the container, which passed the sensory tests of a board of experts. Due to the design of the plastic IBC, there was a slight increase in oxygen permeation into the wine because of the small volume of air that remained in the shoulders after filling. This led to a slightly higher reduction of the free and total sulphuric acid content in the first 2.5 months compared to the wine in the stainless steel tank. However, as maturation progressed, the EVOH barrier effectively prevented further permeation of oxygen, so that the measured values remained stable in the Ecobulk during the following 3.5 months of testing

Wide range of applications in the oenology industry

Professor Rainer Jung, deputy head of the Institute for Oenology at the University of Geisenheim, summarised the test series: “The results obtained in the experiment open up application possibilities for IBC containers in oenological practice. This easy-to transport container is suitable for the maturation and flexible short- and medium-term storage of finished wines. It is also an efficient container for commercial selling and serving, e. g. at large events.” Other factors that speak in favour of using the containers include the small footprint and the stackability, which allows optimum use to be made of the often limited cellar, storage and transportation space. Two other major advantages were also confirmed in the test: almost complete residual emptying and easy cleaning. For microbiological reasons, residual amounts in the container must always be avoided. The Schütz IBC can be emptied easily via an outlet valve. Residues, such as yeasts, can be rinsed out with ease.  

About Schütz

Schütz is a leading international producer of high-quality transport packaging (Intermediate Bulk Containers, PE and steel drums). The Group’s headquarters are in Selters, Germany. Founded in 1958, Schütz employs over 5000 people at more than 47 production and service sites around the world (including licensees). The four Schütz business units, Packaging Systems, Energy Systems, Industrial Services and Composites, each hold leading positions in their respective markets. The family-run enterprise is an important trendsetter and innovator. The Group’s turnover in 2017 was 1.7 billion euros. Schütz offers its customers full system solutions that are tailored to their individual supply chain. With the Schütz Ticket Service, a closed-loop cycle of speedy collection and reconditioning for used Schütz IBCs, Schütz provides all of the world’s major industrial nations with a service that fully complies with the Group’s sustainability philosophy.

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