First-class standards of the top-class winery

Dating back to 1685 and described as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with views across False Bay.

The perfect location for cool climate wines, Klein Constantia produces some of South Africa’s top wines, including one of the world’s best natural sweet wines Vin de Constance.

The winery floor rehabilitation

Being a world class winery, it is important that Klein Constantia Winery maintains its optimum conditions throughout the year, to live up to its global standards. The winery floor required a rehabilitation and for this task Sika’s world class products were specified.  Desmond Van Vuuren from CCRS was the main contractor on site and Ian Wilkinson from Apex Construction Consultants was the onsite Project Manager.

The project required the identification and rehabilitation of old and damaged flooring at the winery. The bad substrates were removed and reprofiled with SikaCem®-810, a one component modified SBR polymer additive, that is mixed in with the floor screed, to correctly shape the floor falls. Once complete, it was left to cure for 21 days, to acquire the strength needed to apply Sikafloor®-20 PurCem®. Sikafloor®-20 Purcem® is a hybrid flooring screed that is ideal for the winery environment. It can withstand high impact, is slip resistant and allows for steam cleaning. But first, the floors were prepared with a light grind and then termination slots were cut into them. These slots facilitate the holding and gripping of the new floor, thus increasing its lifespan. Thereafter, the specialist applicator used a hand trowel to apply the Sikafloor®-20 PurCem® at a 6mm thickness, which was then left to cure for 5 to 7 days. This latter product is a hybrid flooring screed, which with its high impact resistance, non-slip, and steam-cleanable surface, is an ideal solution for the winery environment.

The completed project met the first-class standards of the top-class winery. The ‘bunch’ at Sika ensured that its quality service and products, left no sour grapes on the floor.

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