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Enartis USA Announces New Kit for Detection of Brettanomyces in Alcoholic Beverages


Windsor, CA (August 5, 2020) — Enartis USA, a leading supplier of products to the wine industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Self-Brett® to its range of offerings. Self-Brett®, manufactured by Grape Srl, is an innovative device for semi-quantitative detection of Brettanomyces in alcoholic beverages (wine, beer and cider).

Grape srl developed and patented Self-Brett® to fill the gap between laboratory services and winemakers, allowing for analysis to be performed in a winery setting.

Self-Brett® is a simple detection method for Brettanomyces presence; easy-to-use, reliable and low-cost. It allows winemakers to run independent and multiple-sample measurement with minimum economic investment and without requiring any specialized laboratory equipment. Positive results can be followed by quantification testing at specialized wine testing laboratories.

Regarding this partnership, Simona Campolongo, Grape Srl CEO said, “Winemakers, enologists and enological product retailers, as well as analytical laboratories, will embrace Self-Brett® because it represents exactly what the wine market is currently missing. Furthermore, a specific kit for the detection of Brettanomyces directly on grapes will be added to the product portfolio, allowing for analysis in the vineyard and preventing contamination of both the winery and wine.

José Santos, President and CEO of Enartis USA stated: “When I met Simona at Infowine Forum in 2019 and learned about Self-Brett®, I immediately understood that this can be the tool to fill the gap in testing for Brettanomyces. Self-Brett® will allow for more widespread testing of wines, at a reduced cost, permitting wineries to take a proactive approach in testing, while still using external labs for quantification.”

About Enartis

Enartis is part of Esseco Group, the Italian industrial group that has been working on technological innovation and production capacity for the world of inorganic chemistry and enology for nearly a century. With a range of over 300 specialized products — tannins, enzymes, fermentation nutrients, yeasts, bacteria, stabilizers, and clarifying and fining agents — and over 200 employees, the company now supports more than 10,000 manufacturers in 50 countries to improve wine quality and ensure full compliance with global standards. The ongoing commitment to research and development, FSSC 22000 International Food Safety System Certification with the most stringent enological and food quality requirements enable Enartis to provide innovative solutions and safe products to make wines that fully express and elevate their character. In the US, Enartis also offers laboratory supplies and equipment, reagents and chemicals, and organic vineyard fertilizers.

About Grape Srl

Grape srl, founded in 2011 and located in Alba, the Capital of the Langhe Region, the most famous wine district in Piedmont, Italy, is a company focused on research and development of advanced techniques applied to agriculture, viticulture and enology sectors. Grape’s mission is to bring the technical and scientific knowledge acquired by the founders during their academic careers and working experiences to the market, with continuous application of innovative methods. Through the development of the patented Self-Brett®, Grape srl has shown that it is innovative and proactive ahead of customer needs, thus offering the first device for wine self-analysis at a low price with the potential to reach the entire wine market. Grape srl aims to reach the appropriate trade-off between the quality enhancements of its products and the costs to develop them.

The innovation originated from the experience of Grape’s owner and founder, Simona Campolongo. Since 2007, when starting her PhD, Simona has been studying Brettanomyces and Brettanomyces characterization. She has conducted several different types of analysis, varying from a proteomic approach to genomic and microscopic approaches, including international experience in Denmark at LIFE and Australia at AWRI.

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