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CDS Vintec News

CDSVINTEC, a specialist supplier to the MCC industry to include products for tank fermented sparkling wines, organic wines and vegan wines into their scope of supply.

CDSVINTEC is the undisputed market leader in the supply of yeasts & other adjuvants to the MCC industry, although a limited range of still wine products have always been part of our portfolio. Our historic focus on the MCC industry also allowed us to achieve market dominance in the supply of capital equipment and consumables used in the secondary fermentation process.  

However, it was with interest that we noted a growing interest in products for sustainable wine production (organic & biodynamic), vegan friendly wines, as well as tank fermented sparkling wines. As addressing these opportunities potentially fitted well with our specialization approach, we were interested.  The problem was that the product range of our supplier at the time was primarily focused on MCC production only. However, the timing of the opportunity coincided with our previous supplier’s decision to move their distribution to a local distributor within the same group of companies for reasons of retaining margins in the group and in full appreciation of our historic efforts.    

We were fortunate enough to secure a distribution agreement (effective January 2019) with STATION OENOTECHNIQUE (part of the SOFRALAB group based in France), in order to address our MCC product requirements. STATION OENOTECHNIQUE, together with our previous supplier, dominate supply to the French Champagne industry with a market share of approximately 50% (and a market penetration of approximately 70%). This agreement managed to secure our crucial focus on the local MCC industry, but had the added bonus of including a comprehensive range of products for tank fermented sparkling (not available to us before).

Products available from the SOFRALAB division focusing on still wines (branded MARTIN VIALATTE, include a comprehensive range for organic and vegan wine preparation.  By implication we will cover ‘’fining’’ and ‘’flotation’’ in full, but our range will also include yeasts, nutrients, yeast products, enzymes, tannins, bacteria, tannins, preservatives and other specialized products.

SOFRALAB Group has been certified by ECOCERT as a supplier of organic oenological products and has already listed more than 300 oenological products for organic wine making in accordance with EU regulation EC-834/2007 & EU-2003/2012 and in accordance with the American NOP regulations. The range and diversity available make them the leading supplier for organic wine making locally. ECOCERT registrations are updated in real time and officially informs clients about listed products and simplifies administration. It is also accepted as a sufficient guarantee by the local auditors if accompanied by the guarantee on the invoice.  Please contact CDSVINTEC for various options to link to the ECOCERT data base. SOFRALAB can also supply all relevant documentation needed to prove that wines were produced in accordance with vegan principles, for those products listed as vegan friendly.  

For more information, please contact Helene v/d Westhuizen on her e-mail ( or call her on 082 693 8984.


A new collaboration to provide comprehensive filtration & separation solutions

CDS Liquisep, a recently established collaboration between Technisol  and CDSVINTEC is now able to offer comprehensive filtration and separation solutions to the Food & Beverage industry. 


Paarl, March 2018:  

CDSVINTEC is a respected supplier of processing equipment for beverage filling & processing (wine, spirits, beer, cider & fruit juice) and TECHNISOL is well known for supplying innovative bioprocessing and industrial solutions, as well as production and utility services to the Food & Beverage industry.


Main supplier to the collaboration will be VLS Technologies (also known as VELO Acciai). They are widely regarded as leading filtration/separation specialist in the Food & Beverage sector internationally and are not new to the local market. VLS Technologies recently scooped 1 of only 4 New Technology Awards (for Cross-Flow filtration innovation) at SIMEI/DRINKTEC 2017.


According to Heinrich Engelbrecht (Technical Director of CDSVINTEC), the collaboration will unlock value adding synergies such as cost sharing and an increased marketing and technical support footprint. Andre de Witt (CEO of TECHNISOL) added that whilst it was a shared vision that initially brought the two companies together, the combined ability of the partners to offer auxiliary processing equipment (to supplement the solutions offered by CDS Liquisep) for turnkey projects was also decisive. ‘’For instance, water and inert gas treatment options available from TECHNISOL address integral upstream requirements for some of the solutions offered by CDS Liquisep, whereas CDSVINTEC offers downstream transfer and packaging solutions’’.


Based in Paarl, the collaboration is already involved in a number of new projects.



Agencies for Labeling & Capsuling


Paarl, South Africa

After almost 40 years of representation, CDSVINTEC will no longer represent Robino & Galandrino (R & G) and Cavagnino & Gatti (C & G) in South Africa. However, we want to reassure our many satisfied clients that we will continue to provide maintenance and service support on current installations and that we have secured replacement agencies.


We have learned that there is some uncertainty regarding the facts of the matter and this press release attempts to provide the background and more context.  



R & G recently acquired OMAR (a manufacturer of external bottle washers) where after CDSVINTEC was requested by R & G to include OMAR in their representation portfolio. However, since we have represented CAMES (local market leader for bottle washers) for 35 years, we could not in good conscience agree to this request. Late last year (2017), we were unilaterally informed by R & G that they took a decision to move local representation to another company willing to take the OMAR agency on board. Given a preference to cooperate with R & G in various international markets, (sharing agents), C & G decided to follow suit.


The future

While it is unfortunate that we were placed in this position through no failure of our own, it also created exiting new opportunities. 


We secured the prestigious PE LABELLER agency for the alcoholic beverage and certain other industries.  PE’s market share in South Africa for labelling applications (not only limited to the wine industry) is substantially more than C & G’s and they offer more solutions than what we had available before. We will also continue with our CDA agency (market leader in the < 3000 bph category).


For capsuling, we now offer solutions by CAMES (for solutions < 4000 bph, in cooperation with OMBF as supply partner as already done internationally) and COSTRAL (for solutions > 4000 bph, through their subsidiary STONE). We have represented CAMES & COSTRAL for 35 years and more than 20 years respectively and installations total more than 80. Our many clients can therefore rest assured that our new solutions will be warranted and supported by companies deeply committed to the local market.    

Jean du Toit (CDSVINTEC CEO)

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Affordable ‘’egg-shaped’’ wine containers

Should budget or winery space be a constraint, the ‘’egg-shaped’’ SPEIDEL Polyethylene tank offers a cost-effective compromise (vs concrete) and allows for many of the benefits of the concrete egg tanks at a fraction of the cost. Many egg-shaped wine tanks have found their way into local wineries. Results have been very good and lead to a raised awareness of the perceived advantages. However, concrete tanks are expensive and difficult to transport or move around. Egg-shaped Polyethylene tanks that allow for controlled micro-oxygenation offer an alternative solution. It might not have the same thermal qualities than concrete, but are easy to move, smooth inside surfaces can be sanitized easily and they are available at a fraction of the cost of concrete tanks. Other general advantages include the lack of evaporation, no off flavour compounds and no interference with the acidity or pH of the wine. The oxygen permeable egg-shaped tank manufactured by SPEIDEL ( (the FERMENTEGG - available in 250l & 600l), was the 1st in the market and have gone through extensive R & D (including practical feedback from winemakers). SPEIDEL is a trusted name, having manufactured value adding wine containers for more than 100 years (using German precision engineering and process control). The design clearly differentiates it from other options and offer further unique benefits;


  • Tanks are made to proven ratios for optimum oxygen permeability and other functional aspects
  • Other options have relatively ’flat’’ bases and it interferes with vortex formation (keeping lees in suspension with associated benefits) during fermentation
  • Tanks ‘’conserve’’ enough heat needed for fermentation, flavour & colour extraction, but do not ‘’over-heat’’ the wine. Cooling options can be integrated to manage fermentation curves better.
  • Tanks are supplied with concave support bases, allowing for easy access to the valves and look aesthetically good enough to be used as a marketing tool (unlike most others).
  • There are 2 valve openings (draining & racking) and a fermentation syphon bung can be fitted.
  • The top lid opening was kept relatively small purposely, allowing for better cap management (a bigger portion of the cap is immersed), but at 22 cm is still big enough to allow for easy cleaning  
  • Made from food grade polyethylene, BPA free & meet FDA (US) & EU Food Safety Regulations
  • Oxygen permeable at a rate more or less comparable with 2nd fill barrels  
  • Smooth internal surfaces can be cleaned easily, allowing for interchangeable use (red and white)
  • Sealing is good enough (and micro-oxygenation controlled enough) to use as a storage tank for wines that will benefit from additional micro- oxygenation (after fermentation) 

Contact Nina van Niekerk or Jean du Toit for more detail.


NEW PRODUCT RELEASE (For Automated Mechanical Grape Sorting)

Since 2009 CDSVINTEC have managed to establish an undisputed reputation as the “go-to” specialist of equipment required for automated mechanical grape sorting (de-stemming & MOG removal). To further strengthen this position, in 2015 we moved to SOCMA as our supplier of choice for small to medium size wineries (flows of up to 10 t/hour). SOCMA’s CUBE offers the best available system on the market for almost perfectly separating intact whole clean berries from everything else. It is a combination of a vertical berries separator, a vibrating cleaning surface and a smart stem removal system. The advantages include:


  • Very competitive pricing
  • Ease of dismantling, reassembling & cleaning
  • Best MOG removal rates (> 90% of waste material with a loss ratio of < 2%)
  • The design simplicity limits breakdown risk
  • Compact size assists with incorporation into existing infrastructure
  • A capacity of 8-10 t/hr that can handle hand and machine harvested grapes.