GOfermentor® was created by Meera and Vijay Singh. We started winemaking for ourselves and found the existing technology surprisingly tedious and environmentally unsound. Traditional winemaking is more janitorial work than wine making! Endless cleaning is required to make a quality wine. Even more concerning is the mind-boggling amount of wash water used - typically six times the volume of the wine produced, and all that waste water must be treated.
With red wine, pushing the cap down every few hours is hard and dangerous work. Pressing out the wine at the end is a messy and labor-intensive operation. Pressing out juice for white wine is another sticky mess.
We invented the GOfermentor to eliminate water wastage. The single-use liners provide a perfectly clean fermentation vessel every time. Our patented punching mechanism using inflating bladders gives superior color and flavor extraction, yet is fully automated. No external press is necessary to collect the clean wine from the spent skins and seeds. It is built-in. Lastly, the investment is very low and installation is largely a matter of plugging it in.
The GOfermentor (www.GOfermentor.com) has been available to commercial wineries since 2017. It has a capacity of 1 ton grapes and makes about 800 bottles of wine. Interest by home wine makers led us scale down the technology for home use. The GOfermentor Jr is the result. It has a capacity of 110 lbs of grapes and make 5-7 gallons of wine. It has the same automated punch capabilities and built-in press of its bigger brother.
The GOfermentor Jr makes it practical to make wine from grapes at home. Not concentrates and juice. Real wine from Real grapes. Just $ 600 gets you everything you need. No press needed. No cleaning. No mess. no insects. No odors. Put in a single-use bag. Throw in grapes and yeast and off you go. Eight days later, push a button and collect the finished wine. Pull out the used bag - throw the waste skins into your compost pile and toss the bag in the trash. Done.
Dr Singh is a world-recognized biotech scientist with many published papers and patents. In the late 1990’s he developed the highly acclaimed Wave Bioreactor which revolutionized the production of biopharmaceuticals by using a disposable cultivation bag supported on a rocking platform. The low cost and spectacular performance of the Wave Bioreactor led to its acceptance worldwide in nearly every biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Vaccines, antibodies, cytokines, proteins, are all commercially manufactured in the Wave Bioreactor (now owned and marketed by GE).
His success in disposable processing inspired the engineering of GOfermentor and a whole new approach to winemaking. Meera Singh was a partner and creative director in a NYC design company for many years. She is a WSET level 3 certified sommelier and manages the operations and marketing for GOfermentor. She is taster-in-chief, in charge of making the wine blends for our Sky Acres Winery.
Meera and Vijay Singh at Sky Acres Winery
Our winery generates almost no waste! Sky Acres Winery is located in horse country in central New Jersey about 1 hour west of NYC. This area consists of large farm tracts, most of which are protected from future development. The winery and vineyard are located in 50 acres of pristine woodlands and pasture. The name of the winery comes from our long time interest in aviation and the logo represents our red Waco YMF5 biplane.
The winery and vineyard is primarily used for research and development into new and more sustainable ways to make wine. Our goals include better quality wine with minimal water usage and minimal environmental impact. It is a test site to evaluate our GOfermentor® winemaking machine, our SmartBarrel® aging system, and many other innovations.
Our wines are made without contact with air and aged in unique controlled-oxygen containers. We produce excellent wines using these sustainable techniques and these are available on-line. We do not permit public access to the winery, but can provide tours on request. If you wish to see our innovative processes, or want to taste our wines, please contact us and we will happy to send you an invitation.
We are powered by solar panels & have minimal carbon footprint. We generate NO waste water.