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.

In the year of its 400th anniversary, Sauternes first growth Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has opened a lavish hotel and restaurant at its newly re-furbished estate.

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Get the full château experience at this first growth estate's luxury retreat... Credit: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

New luxury hotel and restaurant opens in Sauternes...

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In the year of its 400th anniversary, Sauternes first growth Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has opened a lavish hotel and restaurant at its newly re-furbished estate.

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Get the full château experience at this first growth estate's luxury retreat... Credit: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

New luxury hotel and restaurant opens in Sauternes...

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In the year of its 400th anniversary, Sauternes first growth Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has opened a lavish hotel and restaurant at its newly re-furbished estate.

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Get the full château experience at this first growth estate's luxury retreat... Credit: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Sauternes Premier Grand Cru Classé estate, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, has opened its doors to wine tourists looking for a luxury Bordeaux experience.

As well as a hotel and restaurant, there are plans to open a spa on the estate by 2020.

Renovations have been taking place at the estate for the past couple of years, following the purchase of the property in 2014 by Silvio Denz, chairman and CEO of French lifestyle brand Maison Lalique.

Denz already has two designer hotels in Alsace in northern France and, since his acquisition of Lafaurie-Peyraguey, has been prominent among those calling for more facilities to bring tourists to the Sauternes area south of Bordeaux.  

‘I am delighted at the opening of Hotel and Restaurant Lalique in the greatest first growth terroir,’ said Denz, adding that he hopes to evoke ‘the emotions created by a Premier Cru Classé’.

Aimed at offering guests a full château experience, Maison Lalique’s new project combines the 13-room boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant with wine tasting and tours.

Sauternes lovers can explore four underground cellars with a collection of 350,000 wines, including historic vintages of Sauternes Crus Classes, such as Château d’Yquem 1895.

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s new wine tourism venture also coincides with its 400th anniversary and the original 17th-century manor house has undergone a lavish renovation, overseen by Lalique designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli.

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey restaurant

Golden Sémillon vine leaves on the restaurant ceiling, echoing the vineyard views. Credit: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Art and crystal feature in almost every room, including works by Lalique’s founder, the Art Deco designer René Lalique. Damien Hirst’s ‘Eternal Belief’ piece can be found in the 18th-century chapel.

The 40-cover restaurant is housed in a modern glass extension which looks out over the vineyard, echoed in the 120 gold crystal Sémillon vine leaves embedded in the dining room ceiling.

Lalique has brought in its top chef from the two Michelin star Villa Rene Lalique restaurant, Jerome Schilling, to lead the kitchen.

Head sommelier, Adrien Cascio, is behind the 2,500-bin wine list, which is predictably Bordeaux heavy.

Hotel and Restaurant Lalique opened 23 June, bookings can be made online.


See also:

  • Suduiraut has lucky escape from fire

  • Sauternes second wines: Why they’re worth a look

  • Best Bordeaux hotels: Where to stay

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