CASE STUDY: Cave Spring Cellars

Addressing the wastewater issues of an Ontario winery

“BLOOM delivered a completely different experience … they took the time to determine exactly what our needs were and proceeded to address the problem head-on.”

Leonard Pennachetti, President, Cave Spring Cellars

While Ontario’s winemakers are experts in crafting high-quality wines that are recognized globally, they need practical guidance to optimize management of water used in their operations. Each winery faces a variety of unique nuances, making it difficult to know what solution is appropriate and ‘best’ for their operation.

With the growth in wine production over the years at Cave Spring from 2,000 cases to 60,000, the existing wastewater treatment system became overwhelmed and needed to be replaced.

After receiving a wide range of recommendations and options from potential solution providers, priced from $70,000 to $1.25 million, Cave Spring approached BLOOM to assess the problem from the ground up, defining the site-specific issues and goals. BLOOM identified an innovative technology solution with the potential to meet their objectives, supported by a collaborative vendor interested in demonstrating the solution under real-world winery conditions.


  • Introduced the client to a wastewater treatment technology with a strong potential for success under the process conditions
  • Sourced and secured financial support to pilot the technology solution at the client facility
  • Managed implementation of the demonstration project
  • Quantified the net operational and business impacts of the wastewater treatment solution


  • A full-scale commercial version of the piloted technology has been installed, the first of its kind in Canada
  • Odour issues and wastewater surcharges have been eliminated
  • Community relations and brand reputation have been enhanced
  • Have become an industry leader and role model for other wineries and food and beverage processors

Multi-demo Case StudyBloom Endorsement from Cave Spring Cellars, May 16, 2014

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