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.

Fine wine price growth ‘powers ahead’ of luxury sectors like classic cars, jewellery and fine art, according to Knight Frank’s newly published Luxury Investment Index 2017.

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Fine wine tops the luxury price growth leaderboard... Credit knightfrank.co.uk

Are fine wine prices growing faster than any other luxury sector?

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Fine wine price growth ‘powers ahead’ of luxury sectors like classic cars, jewellery and fine art, according to Knight Frank’s newly published Luxury Investment Index 2017.

wine investment
Fine wine tops the luxury price growth leaderboard... Credit knightfrank.co.uk

Are fine wine prices growing faster than any other luxury sector?

The post Fine wine prices outstrip diamonds, fine art and classic cars – research appeared first on Decanter.

Fine wine price growth ‘powers ahead’ of luxury sectors like classic cars, jewellery and fine art, according to Knight Frank’s newly published Luxury Investment Index 2017.

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Fine wine tops the luxury price growth leaderboard... Credit knightfrank.co.uk

Fine wine prices rose on average by 25% in the 12 months to the end of June this year, said Knight Frank in its Luxury Investment Index (KFLII) for 2017, released this autumn.

‘No other asset class achieved double-digit growth across the past twelve months,’ said Andrew Shirley, Knight Frank’s wealth report editor.


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Its report is the latest indicator of a return to form for the global fine wine market in the past two years, although secondary market trading platforms reported a slower pace of growth than KFLII.

Knight Frank measured price growth in 10 luxury investment sectors. Wine was the highest year-on-year performer, ahead of fine art, classic cars, jewellery, antique furniture and diamonds.

‘It’s a time of change’ said Shirley, pointing to a shift in investment opportunities.

The group also calculated that fine wine prices have risen by 61% over the past five years and by 231% versus a decade ago, in both instances coming second only to classic cars.

 

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The index tracks the steady rise of wine price growth vs. other luxury assets. Credit: knightfrank.co.uk

Wine Owners provided Knight Frank’s fine wine data.

Its founder, Nick Martin, told Decanter.com, ‘Médoc Classified Growths have risen on average by 40-45% in the last three years. That’s helped buyers of 2009 and 2010 vintage break back into the black, bringing more sellers back into the market and driving market liquidity.’


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He added, ‘Blue chip Burgundy remains very strong, up 31% last year and 12% year to date. Scarcity paired with global demand for sought-after producers has made top Burgundy a consistently good bet, with 10 year gains of 411%.’

Other experts were more cautious, but still upbeat about the fine wine market’s health as 2017 draws to a close.

BI LiveTrade Index reported fine wine price growth of 14% year-on-year to the end of June 2017, although this decreases to 2.5% growth when measured January to September 2017.


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‘What we take from this above all else is that the market remains heavily influenced by Asian and European trade, and this is overwhelmingly a consumption or collection demand,’ BI’s head of marketing, Giles Cooper, told Decanter.com.

‘Almost 55% of all our LiveTrade sales, driven mainly by top Bordeaux and Champagne, were to Asia-based clients.’

Nick Martin agreed that Asian buyers were stepping in, but added that ‘an increasing proportion of their purchases are being stored in the UK and Europe, ensuring better provenance and future resale’.

Liv-Ex pointed out the favourable timing of the Knight Frank report.

Using the Live-ex Fine Wine 1000 on its own trading platform, it saw steeper price growth in the 12 months to June 2017 versus the year to the end of September, which saw a 12.5% price increase versus the previous year. 

Written by Laura Seal for Decanter.com

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