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.

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown nine percent in a year, after years of continuous growth, according to new figures.

UK sparkling wine sales
Consumption continues to grow in the UK.

High demand for sparkling wines continue...

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The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown nine percent in a year, after years of continuous growth, according to new figures.

UK sparkling wine sales
Consumption continues to grow in the UK.

High demand for sparkling wines continue...

The post Sparkling wine sales grow 76% in the UK appeared first on Decanter.

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown nine percent in a year, after years of continuous growth, according to new figures.

UK sparkling wine sales
Consumption continues to grow in the UK.

Total sparkling wine sales in the UK are up 76% in five years

The figures show that there were 34.4 million gallons of sparkling wine for sale in the UK in 2016/2017 – compared to 31.6 million the previous year, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young.

This is a 76% increase from 2012/2013, when there were just 19.5 million gallons on sale.

UK sparkling wine sales

Sparkling wine sales have grown 76% in five years in the UK.

James Simmonds, partner at UHY Hacker Young said ‘Sparkling wine has become increasingly democratised – and sales are soaring as a result.’

‘Some of the best premium products can hold their own against Champagne in the tasting stakes, and there is a huge variety of great sparkling wines available at price points which are roughly similar to still wines, so there’s real strength in the market.’

Data from Vinexpo and research group IWSR has also shown sparkling wine growth in the UK. They predict that by 2020 the UK will be consuming 15.2 million cases.

English wine is also growing

UHY Hacker Young attribute this growth partly to the rise in popularity of English sparkling wine.

‘English vineyards have established an impressive reputation at home and abroad for their fine sparkling wines, so this is a boon for the UK’s home-grown industry,’ said Simmons.

Over half of the wines in the UK Government cellar are English, in a bid to help promote the industry, according to latest figures from the Foreign Office.

‘With the weak pound putting upward pressure on the price of imported Prosecco, Champagne and Cava thanks to Brexit, English sparkling wine is likely to become even more appetising to consumers.’


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