Tanhurst Estate is located on the western slopes of Leigh Hill in the stunning Surrey Hills. Already a successful holiday cottage business, the owners started an exciting new family venture in 2020 from the estate’s main farm - a vineyard.
1.8 hectares of Pinot Noir were originally planted, followed by a further 11,000 Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir Précoce vines in 2021. It takes at least three years for the vines to mature sufficiently to produce the first harvest, so while the family patiently waited for the vines to grow, they tackled the next important step, building and setting up the winery.
A winery is a complex facility and needs a lot of careful planning to make sure it functions as well as it can. Before building their winery, Colin Grimes, Owner at the Tanhurst Estate winery, researched design requirements and the problems that can arise if the building is not built properly.
It became clear that if the flooring wasn’t right from the onset, it would be very difficult to put it right later on. In addition to being easy to clean and maintain, winery floors must be able to cope with varying temperatures and be durable enough to withstand daily wear and tear as well as heavy loads from the wine-making equipment.
After the main building work had been completed, Colin noticed that the concrete floor surface had been damaged, particularly in two areas where a digger bucket had scraped the floor, causing deep surface scratches. The floor was also generally very dirty from the building work and dust and mud had worked into the cracks.
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