Ahrens helps shape Barossa Valley’s newest winery

The Barossa’s newest winery, RedHeads Wine, embodies plenty of character, complete with a shiraz vineyard, cottages that date back to 1888 and brand new winemaking facilities that are full of potential.

Ahrens played a key role in helping the new winery take shape, with the design and construct of a new winemaking and barrel storage facility.

Ahrens specialise in winery buildings and infrastructure, warehousing and logistics, commercial buildings and engineering and winery maintenance.

RedHeads Wine is the Barossa Valley’s latest wine venture however, their principles of winemaking trace back to the “olden days” – tiny batches and hands-on, the way wine used to be done.

With this in mind, the client trusted Ahrens to offer the care and attention needed to deliver this project.

The main purpose-built structure spans 1,850m2 to provide ample space for the winery’s tanks and barrels where they sort, crush, ferment and age all their wines on site.

A secondary smaller 160m2 shed was also erected on-site.

Ahrens scope of works included all site clearance, earth works, footings, steel erection, cladding, concrete floors, and electrical, fire and plumbing works.

With a long history of delivering quality projects and services to the wine sector, Ahrens’ extensive portfolio of past work includes everything from buildings, production and supporting infrastructure.

Ahrens are experienced in working with larger operations and boutique businesses throughout Australia, using their significant pool of in-house labour, trades, plant and equipment.

While RedHeads had already made a name for themselves as quality South Australian winemakers, including their previous studio winery at McLaren Vale, this was their first full-fledged winery and vineyard.

The purpose-built facilities by Ahrens will allow the winemakers to give the fruit the special treatment it deserves so it can go on to form wines of true individuality and character that are signature to RedHeads Wine.

Ahrens’ specialist wine capabilities include:

  • Barrel stores and storage facilities.
  • Civil and storm water works.
  • Finished goods stores.
  • General site services and facilities.
  • Offices, tasting rooms and amenities.
  • Support infrastructure, catwalks and canopies.
  • Storage facilities.
  • Tanks and fermenters.
  • Temperature controlled buildings.
  • Barrel wash-down areas.

Learn more about Ahrens’ proven history of meeting tight deadlines while closely managing costs and safety, quality and environmental factors for wine construction and infrastructure, visit www.ahrens.com.au

At the heart of tables across Australia – building Ingham’s state-of-the-art feed mill

What goes into producing the delicious roast chicken at the heart of dinner tables across the nation?

It fries down to an impressive facility that produces 12,000 tonnes of chicken pellets each week to cover South Australia’s feed requirements and service the state’s main hatchery.

This is what the team at Ahrens Design & Construct delivered, proudly creating a landmark multi-million dollar facility for Ingham’s – Australia’s largest integrated poultry producer.

In a move by the poultry giant to meet the nation’s growing demand for Australian-produced chicken, Ingham’s chose Ahrens to build their hi-tech feed mill at agricultural hub, Murray Bridge in South Australia.

As a national full-service construction, engineering, mining and rural infrastructure solutions company, Ahrens were the perfect fit to deliver this complete project.

Their broad in-house capabilities and experience, from design, steel fabrication and procurement through to construction and project delivery, ensured consistency and the maintenance of high standards across the duration of the project.

Scope of works were extensive and complex for this project, consisting of multiple silos of varying sizes, associated structural steel, steel support structures, tower building, warehouse, materials handling equipment and all associated mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and controls services.

Ahrens designed and manufactured all 45 silos required for the facility at their Sheaoak Log factory in South Australia, to suit Australian standards.

This included eight grain silos, 16 meal silos and 21 pellet silos for the storage of various raw materials and grains used for making the many different variations of chicken pellets.

Ahrens also integrated, installed and performance tested all specialised machinery and major equipment that made the journey from overseas.

Having originally produced 500 tonnes of pellets on a weekly basis, the new facility increased operational capabilities to produce a massive 12,000 tonnes each week, and is open around-the-clock.

The project continues an excellent relationship between the two 100-years-plus Australian companies with Ahrens’ wide-reaching footprint seeing them previously complete projects for Ingham’s in Australia and New Zealand.

Ingham’s Executive General Manager Commercial & Trading Graeme Dillon said the facility was ‘fantastic’ and he was more than happy with how Ahrens performed and delivered on this milestone project.

The end result is a perfectly hatched facility that will feed the tables of Australians for years to come.


Cows Might Fly – The Best Way to Predict The Future Is To Create It

A surprising take on the future of food by Wiley.

 Wiley has released a clip, Cows Might Fly, at Food and Grocery Australia 2018 hosted by the Australian Food and Grocery Council in Melbourne. Best described as a “what the…” moment, Wiley launch a surprising take on the future of the food industry, designed to provoke meaningful conversation and salute unconventional thinking.

This clip takes a jarring peek into a not so likely future. It seeks to remind that the way industries work is bound for change and thinking too must change with it. It paints a quirky picture of vertical integration and disruption of one of Australia’s major industries and aims inspire everyone who watches it to make a difference.

We would LOVE to hear your feedback on this new video. Watch it here: https://www.cowsmightfly.com