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.

Sarah Jane Evans MW talks through some of the fine wines that will be available for guests to taste at the first masterclass of our Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter, including several vintages of Pingus and a Carignan from 1902.

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Sarah Jane Evans MW to host tasting of rare wines...

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Sarah Jane Evans MW talks through some of the fine wines that will be available for guests to taste at the first masterclass of our Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter, including several vintages of Pingus and a Carignan from 1902.

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Sarah Jane Evans MW to host tasting of rare wines...

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Sarah Jane Evans MW talks through some of the fine wines that will be available for guests to taste at the first masterclass of our Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter, including several vintages of Pingus and a Carignan from 1902.

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Preview of our upcoming masterclass with Sarah Jane Evans MW

Where: The Landmark Hotel, NW1

When: Saturday 24 February, 11am


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In just one month’s time Spain and Portugal’s top producers will be heading to London for Decanter’s first big tasting of 2018.

More than 70 producers will be pouring their wines in the Grand Tasting rooms, whilst three masterclasses and three Discovery Theatre sessions will be taking place elsewhere in the elegant surroundings of the five-star The Landmark Hotel.

The first masterclass kicks off at 11am with Sarah Jane Evans MW presenting her esteemed view of the best of Spain. In a first for a Decanter Spanish Fine Wine Encounter, this Masterclass brings together some of the most exciting wines from across the whole of the country in one session.

Joining Sarah Jane Evans MW at the tasting will be Peter Sisseck – owner of cult wine Pingus, making his first-ever appearance at a UK Decanter Fine Wine Encounter.

He will be bringing celebrated vintages of both Pingus and PSI, for the first time. Don’t miss the chance to learn their inside story from the man himself.

Also in the tasting are Mas Doix 1902, the outstanding old vine 100 per cent Priorat Carignan made in tiny quantities; López de Heredía’s Viña Tondonia white Reserva 2004 – an original, aged for 13 years; an Amontillado, from a very famous old bodega in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, brought to light by new owners Bodegas Alonso and a unique Albariño, from ungrafted centenarian vines, by the pioneering Eulogio Pomares.

If you want to find out what is really happening in Spain today then join us at this exceptional masterclass.

Tickets are only £50 –  book today

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