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1341 Seminary St
Napa
CA, 94559
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Jostran Lamontagne

Optimizing your fermentation and your space!

La Garde is a division of SML Stainless Steel Group which has been making anything and everything out of stainless steel since 1966. Indeed, we have a great expertise in custom design and fabrication in the fields of kitchens as well as foodservice, medical and laboratory equipment and also the furniture, appliances and transportation industries. Its history of excellence in design, fabrication, delivery and installation of stainless-steel products is unequalled. We can proudly add to our list of happy customers four of the best 50 restaurants in the world.

La Garde's rectangular shape fermenters are designed to maximize the contact ratio must-to-juice through a thinner cap to optimize fermentation, wherein lies the creation of flavor and the complexity of wines. With La Garde rectangular tanks, the contact surface could be increased by up to 50 per cent when compared to a cylinder with the same floor width. Our tanks are made from the finest 304 stainless-steel Grade 11.

La Garde tanks are designed, manufactured and tested through rigorous finite element analysis to ensure heavy duty performance and sismic resistance. The use of the latest graphic software allows us to bring you tanks perfectly suited to your space and equipment needs. La Garde rectangular tanks are used for regular fermentation as well as for racking barrels, aging, blending and bottling wines.

 

Our Fermentation Tanks


CUSTOM MADE

AT LA GARDE, WE BUILD YOU TANKS THE WAY YOU WISH THEM TO BE IN ORDER TO SATISFY YOUR NEEDS.

We produce all tanks “sur mesure”, from 300 gallons to 9000 gallons, meaning that they are tailor made to use every single inches of winery that you would like to occupy to produce your wine. We can adapt the height, the width and the depth of the tank to reach the exact volume of wine that you want to produce.

Our rectangular tanks could produce more than 40 per cent more volume of wine than a cylinder tank for the same wall width that you want to occupy. Actually, given the production volume that you will need, we could reduce your winery floor plan and therefore reduce your construction cost.

SHAPE

THE CUBIC AND RECTANGULAR SHAPES OF LA GARDE'S FERMENTERS OFFER MANY 
ADVANTAGES, SUCH AS:

Optimized Fermentation

La Garde's rectangular shape fermenters are designed to maximize the contact ratio must-to-juice through a thinner cap to optimize fermentation, wherein lies the creation of flavor and the complexity of wines. With La Garde rectangular tanks, the contact surface could be increased by up to 50 per cent when compared to a cylinder with the same floor width.

By increasing that contact surface for the same volume, you increase the efficiency of the fermentation process. Therefore, you get more color, more tannin and more flavors from your grapes with a cap of must that is thinner, much easier to punch down, facilitates the pump-overs and the cooling process. It also helps the winemakers to save on time and helps them to be as gentle and as minimal as possible with their interventions.

Optimized Space

The shape of La Garde fermenters also allows space optimization for wineries. On the same footprint, La Garde tanks could provide more than 40% volume than cylindrical tanks of the same width and height.

FINISH

THE INCREDIBLE FINISH OF LA GARDE'S FERMENTERS ENHANCES THEIR BEAUTIFUL AESTHETICS AND OFFERS MANY MAJOR ADVANTAGES:

La Garde stainless steel tanks are designed to provide unparalleled aseptic control.

As a matter of fact, every weld and surface inside and outside La Garde's high-end wine tanks are polished to obtain an unprecedented smooth finish thus preventing bacteria and other harmful substances from gaining a foothold. Sanitation becomes easier and faster and results in better wines, fewer losses and exceptional quality control.

 

Water Management & Environment Friendly

Our Tanks are environmentally responsible. A big advantage of working with La Garde’s tanks is the simplicity of cleaning them. The reason why they are so easy to clean is due to the hand-polish finish that we proudly apply to each of them. The  Exterior walls is a number-four polished finish with polished welds, and the interior walls is a 2B polished finish with polished welds.  Actually, the welds are so polished that it is seamless. Although the tanks have a rectangular shape, the inside is rounded so there is no sharp corner as you can see even in the cylinder tanks.

According to the winemakers, it takes less than 80% of the water and the time to clean them compare to the cylinders.

The other eco-friendly advantage is our cooling jacket system. The spacing in the jackets is larger than with any other tanks. It allows the glycol to flow within the jackets with less head loss and a more rapid flow. The heat exchange transfer is therefore more efficient and it requires less energy to cool the wine.

 

Aesthetics

Crafted out of a noble material, La Garde stainless steel wine tanks are heavy duty, functional and have been designed with an eye for beauty and attention to details. Their clean lines satisfy the exacting aesthetic and functional demands of the most prestigious wineries. La Garde wine tanks stand as a proud reflection and support of all the care and expertise that go into your wines.

Bella Grace - 1,300 US gal. cubic hybrid fermenter
Bella Grace - 1,300 US gal. cubic hybrid fermenter
W x D x H = 63.5" x 63.5" x 85"
1,700 US gallons cubic open fermenter
1,700 US gallons cubic open fermenter
W x D x H = 70" x 70" x 76"
The Wine Foundry in Napa, CA
The Wine Foundry in Napa, CA
Very nice La Garde Tanks layout: 2x 3000 gal., 5x 2400 gal., 3x 1500 gal. and 3x 900 gal.
Twomey WInery - La Garde 900 gallons open top
Twomey WInery - La Garde 900 gallons open top
NIce open top with a cooling jacket underneath the tank and another one around it.
Alpha Omega Winery - 6x 3600 gal. Fermentation tanks
Alpha Omega Winery - 6x 3600 gal. Fermentation tanks
Hybrid model with removable top. All insulated with one inch of urethane (equivalent of 12 inches of concrete).
La Garde - 75 Gal. barrel
La Garde - 75 Gal. barrel
Take a look at our new 75 Gallons Barrel. Call us to get yours today!
La Garde Parts Board
La Garde Parts Board
Every winery needs its parts board.
Rodney Strong La Garde Tanks
Rodney Strong La Garde Tanks
Rodney Strong Time-Lapse tank installation
Merus Wines & Brown Estate
Merus Wines & Brown Estate
La Garde tank installation at Merus Wines & Brown Estate
La Garde Wine Tanks
La Garde Wine Tanks
Le Garde Tanks speaks with Keith Emerson from Vineyard 29 as he expresses his satisfaction regarding the advantages of his La Garde tank- Mr. Emerson is the Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29, co-owner and winemaker of Emerson Brown Wines and Sonra Wines as well as a highly regarded consultant.

News Archive


New Tank Installation at Castello di Amorosa
16 February, 2017

La Garde is proud to announce that we are building the new fermentation tanks for The Castello di Amorosa for the harvest 2017. These tanks will make a perfect fit with the Castello magnificent look. They will also be completely insulated.


New Tank Installation at Beaulieu Vineyards
01 February, 2017

After providing the new fermentation tanks for Provenance, La Garde will build the new high end fermentation tanks for the Winery Beaulieu Vineyards to be ready for harvest 2017. We will provide 22x3000 gallons tanks for the winery.

See picture, the tanks will be similar to this one.

Beaulieu Vineyards will produce their top wine in these tanks. They are also restoring all the tank room to install all their new tanks.

Think you would be interested in purchasing some of our tanks? Contact us today: http://www.lagardeinox.com/en/contact

 

 


Why Should You Get Your La Garde Tanks?
02 November, 2016

In 3:40 minutes, learn why La Garde fermentation rectangular tanks are such a high added value to your winery.


La Garde tanks & Pago Del Vicario Winery
08 August, 2016

Watch the testimony of Suzana Lopez, technical director and oenologist at Pago Del Vicario winery located in Castilla-La-Mancha, in Spain.
Learn the La Garde experience and advantages of its stainless steel wine tanks.


Why Rodney Strong Vineyards are delighted by their new tanks
04 December, 2015

A remarkable testimony about La Garde fermentation ‪#‎tanks‬, featured in December edition of ‪#‎WBM‬ magazine.

Increase production capacity by 28% and reduce water use by nearly 90 percent : learn the story of Rodney Strong Vineyards. 
Want to know their secret : switch from round to ‪#‎squaretanks‬.

Read more at : http://bit.ly/1XCwMYr

Call us to get our expert opinion for your winery: 
Jostran Lamontagne tel.: 1-707-312-1123

Square fermentation tanks Rodney Strong and La Garde success

 

 

 

 Square fermentation tanks save winery space, water and

 

 

Square fermentation tanks save winery space, water and

 

Square fermentation tanks save winery space, water and

 

 

 


The new La Garde's hybrid cubic shaped tank for a better flexibility in your winery!
02 October, 2014

Hybrid Tanks  

La Garde’s cubic shaped stainless steel hybrid fermenters have all the advantages of the cubic form and the 1 to 1 aspect ratio of the La Garde’s close and open top fermenters. More specifically, these hybrid fermenters give the opportunity to winemakers to add lots of flexibility to their winery by modifying the number of close and open top tanks they have.

 

   FEATURES

  • Also used for bottling, storing and racking wine into barrels
  • Volumes range: 1,300 gallons (4,5 tons) or 49 hl
  • At least 25% more wine per tank as compare to similar foot print cylindrical tank
  • Forkliftable
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Personalize  your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

 

Options & accessories


Rodney Strong's winery is progressing very well with La Garde's cubic wine tanks
08 July, 2014

The Rodney Strong Vineyard’s team is hard at work installing their 57 new La Garde wine tanks! By optimizing its winery with cubic wine tanks, the company will increase its production capacity by 40% this year. Also, the seamless finish of La Garde tanks will save them time and money by reducing maintenance cost. 

 

 

 

 


Discover Our Fermentation Tanks
09 June, 2014

 La Garde Inox wine tanks : fermentation and space optimization

 

Cubic Close Top Fermenters

 
La Garde’s cubic shaped stainless steel close top fermenters are designed to maximize the must-to-juice contact ratio through a thinner cap to optimize fermentation wherein lies the creation of flavor and complexity of wines. It is much easier to punch down, provides more efficient pump overs and facilitates their cooling. All this helps winemakers save on time and helps them to be as gentle and as minimal as possible with their interventions.

Features

  • Also used for aging, bottling, storing and racking wine into barrels
  • Standard volumes: 5, 10, 21, 31, 45, 49, 65, 100, 120, 145, 225 hl
  • Standard stackable volumes: 5, 10, 21 hl
  • 1 to 1 average height/width aspect ratio
  • 22% more wine per tank as compare to similar foot print cylindrical tank
  • Winery space optimization: 4 La Garde tanks = ~5 cylinders of similar dimensions
  • Forkliftable
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior electropolished as an option
  • Personalize  your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

Options & accessories

 

 

Cubic Open Top Fermenters

La Garde’s cubic shaped stainless steel open top fermenters have all the advantages of the cubic form and the 1 to 1 aspect ratio of the La Garde’s close top fermenters. More specifically, these open top fermenters make it even easier for the winemakers to be as gentle as possible with the punch down of the more fragile grapes, those needing extra care, such as Pinot Noir.

Features

  • Standard volumes: 21, 45 and 65 hl
  • 1 to 1 average aspect ratio
  • 22% more wine per tank as compare to similar foot print cylindrical tank
  • Winery space optimization: 4 La Garde tanks = ~5 cylinders of similar dimensions
  • Forkliftable
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior electropolished as an option
  • Personalize your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

Options & accessories

 

Variable Capacity Tanks

La Garde’s variable capacity tanks were designed and fabricated after countless demands from our clientele to create better variable capacity tanks than what was available on the market. They boast an array of innovative features to make their manipulation, draining and cleaning much easier for the winemakers. 

 

Features

  • Are also used for aging, bottling, storing and racking wine into barrels
  • Volume: 23 hl
  • Come standard fully accessorized
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior electropolished as an option
  • Personalize your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

 

Martinotti-Charmat Method Tanks

La Garde has developed high quality dual usage Martinotti-Charmat Method tanks in order to create your sparkling wines under pressure during a second fermentation process. Offering top manways and other useful options, they can be used for the primary fermentation of still wines as well. 

 

Martinotti-Charmat method tank, stainless steel wine tank

 

FEATURES

  • Volume: 24.5 hl
  • Withstand a pressure of 87 psi
  • Come standard fully accessorized
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior electropolished as an option
  • Personalize your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

 

Options & accessories 

 

Made-to-Order Tanks

Understanding the peculiarities of winemakers and their wineries, La Garde offers to customize your tanks to your whishes and desires. We will build your tanks the way you want them to be in order to maximize fermentation, capacity and available space. 

 

Custom-made wine tank stainless steel

 

See more at : http://www.lagardeinox.com/en/products

Silver Oak - Healdsburg

Adding 4x 6350 gallons close top cubic fermenters.

 

Far Niente - Oakville

Replacing cylinder tanks by 3x 3000 gallons + 3x 1700 gallons close top cubic fermenters.

 

Alpha Omega Winery - St. Helena

Adding 6x 3600 gallons hybrid and insulated close top fermenters.

 

Maxville Lake - St. Helena

Optimizing existing winery by adding 12 close top cubic fermenters.

(6x 2100 gallons + 6x 1500 gallons)

 

The Wine Foundry - Napa

Optimizing existing winery by adding 13 close top cubic fermenters.

(2x 3000 gal., 5x 2400 gal., 3x 1500 gal. and 3x 900 gal.)

 

James Cole Estate Winery - Napa

Replacing 4x 3,000 gallons by 4x 1500 gallons and 3x 900 gallons (additionnal 2x 900 gallons in 2016) close top rectangular wine fermenters.

 

O'Brien Estate - Napa

Optimizing existing winery by adding 6 close top cubic fermenters.

 

Merrus Estate - St. Helena

Optimizing existing winery by adding 6 close top cubic fermenters. (6x 1200 gallons)

 

Brown Estate - St. Helena

Optimizing existing cave by adding 2 close top cubic fermenters. (2x 1500 gallons)

 

RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS - Healdsburg

Optimizing existing winery by adding 57 close top cubic fermenters including 51x 6000 gallons tanks.

 

DOMAINE PINNACLE

DARA DZHALDI 
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR AND R&D

"La Garde tanks are of such ergonomics that the rational management of the production space as well as the impact of the kinetic energy on the quality of the products in preparation become minor concerns."

 

 

EX NIHILO VINEYARDS

JEFF HARDER 
OWNER

Proud customer of La Garde, Ex Nihilo Vineyards is located in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

 

La Garde cubic wine tanks

 

 

CLOS LAMBERT

RAYMOND LAMBERT,
WINEMAKER AND OWNER

"The appearance of the La Garde tanks gets your attention. Aesthetics seems to be a major preoccupation for their manufacturer. After using the tanks for a while, one realises that their practicality is just as developed. La Garde wine tanks are effectively made to facilitate the cellar master's work and enhance efficiency."

 

La Garde Stainless steel wine tanks

 

 

DOMAINE BEL-CHAS

MARIELLE BELAND AND LOUIS CHASSE, 
WINEMAKERS AND CO-OWNERS

Our La Garde tanks enable us to control any and all parameters necessary for the creation of quality products.

 

Cylinder and cubic La Garde stainless steel wine tanks

 

 

MASÛT VINEYARD AND WINERY

JAKE FETZER, THIRD GENERATION

La Garde premium square open-top fermenters save space, are easy to clean, and show off their unmatched craftsmanship. They are leading the way in wine tank innovation.

La Garde open-top stainless steel wine tank

 

 

 

PREMONT VINEYARD

DANY BERGERON AND MARTINE LESAGE, 
WINEMAKERS AND CO-OWNERS

Proud customer of La Garde, the Prémont Vineyard is located at Ste-Angele-de-Prémont, in the beautiful region of Mauricie.

 

La Garde Open top stainless steel wine tanks

 

 

SUE-ANN STAFF ESTATE WINERY

SUE-ANN STAFF 
PROPRIETOR & WINEMAKER

"Given the quality, weight and gauge of stainless steel used, I know I have a tank that will last my entire life."

 

La Garde cubic stainless steel wine tank

Download(s):

Title Name Email Phone
Director La Garde Jostran Lamontagne jostran@lagardeinox.com 707-312-1123
Close Top Fermenters
La Garde cubic and rectangular shaped tanks are designed to maximize the fermentation process. The square surface as opposed to round one in tanks of the same width, offers at least 25% more contact surface area ...
Open Top Fermenters
La Garde cubic and rectangular shaped tanks are designed to maximize the fermentation process. The square surface as opposed to round one in tanks of the same width, offers at least 25% more contact surface area ...

Cubic Close Top Fermenters

La Garde cubic and rectangular shaped tanks are designed to maximize the fermentation process. The square surface as opposed to round one in tanks of the same width, offers at least 25% more contact surface area between the cap of must and the juice.

A larger contact surface area results in a thinner cap of must. Therefore, it is much easier to punch down, to provide more efficient pumpovers and to facilitate the cooling during the early stages of fermentation. All this helps the winemakers to save time and to reduce intervention procedures.

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

  • Also used for bottling, storing and racking wine into barrels
  • Volumes range: from 130 to 8,000 gallons (0,5 to 27 tons) or 5 to 300 hl
  • Standard stackable volumes: 130, 260, 555 gallons (5, 10, 21 hl)
  • At least 25% more wine per tank as compare to similar foot print cylindrical tank
  • Forkliftable
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Personalize  your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

            Options & accessories 

 

Cubic Open Top Fermenters

La Garde cubic and rectangular shaped tanks are designed to maximize the fermentation process. The square surface as opposed to round one in tanks of the same width, offers at least 25% more contact surface area between the cap of must and the juice.

More specifically, these open top fermenters provide a larger contact surface area resulting in a thinner cap of must. Therefore, it is much easier to punch down. All this helps the winemakers to be as gentle as possible with the more fragile grapes, those needing extra care, such as Pinot Noir. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FEATURES
 
  • Volumes range: 555, 870 and 1585 gallons (21, 33 and 60 hl)
  • At least 25% more wine per tank as compare to similar foot print cylindrical tank
  • Forkliftable
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Personalize your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

            Options & accessories

Hybrid Tanks  

La Garde's cubic shaped stainless steel hybrid fermenters have all the advantages of the cubic form and the 1 to 1 aspect ratio of the La Garde's close and open top fermenters. More specifically, these hybrid fermenters give the opportunity to winemakers to add lots of flexibility to their winery by modifying the number of close and open top tanks they have.

 

   FEATURES

  • Also used for bottling, storing and racking wine into barrels
  • Volumes range: 1,300 gallons (4,5 tons) or 49 hl
  • At least 25% more wine per tank as compare to similar foot print cylindrical tank
  • Forkliftable
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Personalize  your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

 

Options & accessories

 

Variable Capacity Tanks
 
La Garde's variable capacity tanks were designed and fabricated after countless demands from our clientele to create better variable capacity tanks than what was available on the market. They boast an array of innovative features to make their manipulation, draining and cleaning much easier for the winemakers. 
 

       FEATURES

  • Are also used for aging, bottling, storing and racking wine into barrels
  • Volume: 600 gallons (2 tons) or 23 hl
  • Come standard fully accessorized
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Personalize your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

 

Options & accessories 

 

Martinotti-Charmat Method Tanks

La Garde has developed high quality dual usage Martinotti-Charmat Method tanks in order to create your sparkling wines under pressure during a second fermentation process. Offering top manways and other useful options, they can be used for the primary fermentation of still wines as well. 

Martinotti-Charmat method tank, stainless steel wine tank

 

FEATURES

  • Volume: 650 gallons or 24.5 hl
  • Withstand a pressure of 87 psi
  • Come standard fully accessorized
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Exterior walls in #4  polished finish with polished welds
  • Interior walls in 2B  polished finish with polished welds
  • Personalize your tanks with the OPTIONS & ACCESSORIES below

 

Options & accessories