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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Cheval des Andes: The Grand Cru of the Andes

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At the origin of many great adventures is a meeting – a meeting of minds, passions and convictions. The destiny of Cheval des Andes has been defined by a succession of such meetings, starting with the one where the patrons of Château Cheval Blanc, asked Estate Director Pierre Lurton whether it would be possible to establish a joint venture in Argentina.

Immediately, Pierre Lurton was enthused by the vision of recreating the Malbec connection – reconnecting St-Emilion with its past when, until the phylloxera epidemic, Malbec was one of the most widely cultivated grape varieties. “This will,” he said, “be a journey to the roots of Bordeaux”.

Sharing with Château Cheval Blanc the strong conviction that a great wine begins in the vineyard, Cheval des Andes produces its grapes entirely in a wholly-owned, high-elevation vineyard in Las Compuertas, a jewel vineyard in Luján de Cuyo, one of the most prestigious winegrowing regions of Mendoza.

For this reason, precision is an essential concept at Cheval des Andes – precision in the plot-by-plot management of the vineyards, through harvesting and winemaking, right up to the final, all-important stage: the art of blending.

Lorenzo Pasquini, Cheval des Andes Technical Manager and Winemaker

Reflecting this Cheval des Andes philosophy of precision viticulture, the vineyards are planted in small parcels with the five grape varieties that may, depending on the vintage, be used to blend Cheval des Andes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Cheval des Andes Technical Manager and Winemaker, Lorenzo Pasquini, together with Château Cheval Blanc Estate Director, Pierre Lurton, intricately assemble these grape varieties, prioritizing Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, to produce the finest expression of the terroir.

As a result, every vintage of Cheval des Andes tells its own story, naturally influenced by climate and conditions in the vineyards, but the objective remains the same: to produce an Argentinian wine worthy of its noble St-Emilion heritage – the Grand Cru of the Andes, distinguished by freshness, elegance and exceptional potential for ageing, always revealing more complexity than intensity in the nose and more balance than power in the mouth.

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