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.

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Casa El Enemigo

Alejandro Vigil, winemaker of Catena Zapata and his wife opened the doors of their house in Chachingo (Maipú) in 2013 to receive visitors and offer typical gastronomy from Mendoza.
Four years later, this space has become a must for anyone coming to Mendoza in search of good food and wine. His team offers a seven-step menu (£30 excl. wines) with seasonal produce, their own vegetable garden, olive oil and a warm welcome.

Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Casa El Enemigo Facebook

Casa de Uco

In the area of Chacayes, Valle de Uco, there are a handful of new high-end wine tourism projects. Boutique wineries with a luxury hotel and restaurant, such as Casa de Uco, which shows off its architecture, style and food. The kitchen uses products from the valley, their own organic vegetable garden and other products of neighbouring farms. Indulge yourself in their seasonal menu, where a three-course menu with wines averages £40 per person.

Open for lunch and dinner, only with reservation. Casa de Uco website

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Espacio Trapiche

Located in Maipú, Espacio Trapiche is a modern restaurant inaugurated in 2016 by chef Lucas Bustos. They offer seasonal produce, cooking with firewood or jarilla and are specialists in the regional flavours of pork and beef. A three-course menu (£23) and a tasting menu of seven courses (£35) are served daily.

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Espacio Trapiche website

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Osadía de Crear

The principal restaurant of Susana Balbo Wines is a space that offers two menus, by chef Hernán Gipponi. They offer different flavours in every season of the year in three steps (£35) or five (£45). From spring, Espacio Críos also works with a relaxed and informal concept to enjoy simple dishes on outdoor tables with views of the mountains.

Open from Monday to Sunday from 12:30 a.m. to 3pm. Osadía de Crear website 

Piattelli Salta

With one of the most exquisite panoramic views of Cafayate, the restaurant of this winery is a true temptation that offers Creole inspired cuisine with Andean flavours. Enjoy a glass of Torrontés while contemplating the landscape and tuck in to delicious roasted meats. Average cost per person is £30.

Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. Piattelli Salta website

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Saurus

The restaurant of Familia Schroeder winery is the most emblematic gourmet stronghold of San Patricio del Chañar, Patagonia. Here, Ezequiel González offers a tasty menu with meat, fish and other Patagonian specialties served in a sophisticated lounge overlooking the vineyard. The three-course menu can be accompanied with house wines for £35. Individual dishes average £10.

Saurus website.


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