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.

Decanter announces today (28 June) that it will return to the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on 17 November 2018 with some of the world’s best wines to host its fifth Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

The grand tasting room at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2017

See the line-up for our fifth Shanghai Encounter...

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Decanter announces today (28 June) that it will return to the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on 17 November 2018 with some of the world’s best wines to host its fifth Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

The grand tasting room at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2017

See the line-up for our fifth Shanghai Encounter...

The post Decanter returns to Shanghai for its fifth Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter appeared first on Decanter.

Decanter announces today (28 June) that it will return to the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on 17 November 2018 with some of the world’s best wines to host its fifth Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

The grand tasting room at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2017

Since its launch in 2014, the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter has established itself as a must-attend event on China’s wine scene.

This year will once more see a stellar cast of wineries from around the world showcase the best from their vineyards to wine lovers in China.

More than 600 top wines will be present in the Grand Tasting ballroom.

Decanter will also partner with Wines of Chile to feature leading Chilean wines at the event, including those from the Coast, the Mountains and the Plains.

A series of masterclasses will be hosted by some of the world’s most renowned estates, from Bordeaux, Rioja, Tuscany and Chile.

The full 2018 masterclass line-up will include:

  • A ‘Super Tuscan’ vertical tasting of eight vintages from Masseto
  • Château Angélus, the St-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate
  • Almaviva, tasting a ‘New World grand cru’
  • Château Léoville Las Cases, top wines from Bordeaux’s Left Bank
  • Seventy years of great Rioja with Marqués de Riscal

Lindsay Greatbatch, Decanter’s general manager, said, ‘Decanter is delighted to return to Shanghai for the fifth year, to bring visitors an array of outstanding wines to discover and taste. It promises to be an unforgettable day for wine lovers.’

Tickets for the event will go on sale on 29 June on our dedicated Decanter Shanghai website.

Thank you to Riedel glasses and Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino water for sponsoring our event again


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