Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

Decanter's UK Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned and the winner is Booths, a much-loved retailer in its northern England heartlands. Here, we recommend six of Booths wines to try...

Booths wine

Decanter's Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned. Here, we recommend six of their wines to try...

The post Booths wine to try: Decanter’s Supermarket of the Year 2017 appeared first on Decanter.


Decanter's UK Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned and the winner is Booths, a much-loved retailer in its northern England heartlands. Here, we recommend six of Booths wines to try...

Booths wine

Decanter's Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned. Here, we recommend six of their wines to try...

The post Booths wine to try: Decanter’s Supermarket of the Year 2017 appeared first on Decanter.

Decanter's UK Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned and the winner is Booths, a much-loved retailer in its northern England heartlands. Here, we recommend six of Booths wines to try...

Booths wine

Booths, a small supermarket chain operating in the north of the UK, was crowned Supermarket of the Year 2017 at the Decanter Retailer Awards ceremony held at the Connaught Hotel in London on 13 September.

Waitrose was the runner-up and you can find the Decanter tasting team’s favourite Waitrose wines here.

With 28 stores, Booths works mainly with small producers, and places an emphasis on introducing its customers to new styles, such as new-wave Spanish whites and low alcohol wines.


View the full results of Decanter’s Retailer Awards 2017


The supermarket runs weekend wine tastings in-store, supported by visiting winemakers.

Booths’ average bottle price of £7.17 is well above the UK 2017 average of £5.58, as reported by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association this week.

Here, Decanter tasting director Christelle Guibert recommends six Booths wines from a tasting held by the retailer earlier this summer.


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