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 owner of respected wine merchant OW Loeb has insisted the business has a ‘bright future’ despite reports of numerous problems, including late payments and resignations of senior staff.

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OW Loeb has a rich history in the wine trade.

Merchant upbeat amid reports of troubled times...

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The owner of respected wine merchant OW Loeb has insisted the business has a ‘bright future’ despite reports of numerous problems, including late payments and resignations of senior staff.

ow loeb
OW Loeb has a rich history in the wine trade.

Merchant upbeat amid reports of troubled times...

The post OW Loeb merchant insists future is bright appeared first on Decanter.

The owner of respected wine merchant OW Loeb has insisted the business has a ‘bright future’ despite reports of numerous problems, including late payments and resignations of senior staff.

ow loeb
OW Loeb has a rich history in the wine trade.

According to reports in the Financial Times and on Jancisrobinson.com, speculation over the financial health of the merchant began when its annual Burgundy tasting was cancelled earlier this month.

The newspaper cited unnamed sources claiming that OW Loeb owed suppliers, including a number of wine producers, considerable sums of money, while some customers were still waiting on the delivery of wine purchases.

Records at UK Companies House show that several senior staff resigned in 2017, although new staff have been recruited.

A spokesperson for OW Loeb’s owner, the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC), told Decanter.com that the wine merchant remained confident of future success. However, the spokesperson acknowledged that the reports had raised a number of broader issues, which she said the company was ‘keen to address’.

OW Loeb, a specialist in wines from Germany, Burgundy and the Rhône, was bought by multi-millionaire Marlon Abela through his MARC business in 2014, with the controlling stake said to have cost him ‘several million pounds’.

Abela, with a fortune estimated at £320m, also owns a number of high-end London restaurants, including Greenhouse, Umu, Morton’s private members club and the recently reopened Square restaurant in Mayfair.

The MARC spokesperson told Decanter.com: ‘OW Loeb has a bright future with a new management team taking the business forward.

‘The multi-million-pound investments we have made in the business underpin our passion for, and commitment to, OW Loeb, one of the great names in the UK wine business, with a proud history and heritage.

‘OW Loeb intends to honour its commitments [to its] clients and is in the process of doing so. OW Loeb remain deeply committed to their customers, suppliers and indeed to the success of the business.’

OW Loeb was founded in Germany’s Mosel Valley in 1874 by Sigmund Loeb, and relocated to London in the 1930s when his son, Otto Loeb, fled Nazi Germany.

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