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.
Banfi Piemonte winery

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Banfi Piemonte winery

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Banfi Piemonte winery

The Banfi brand is famously associated with Castello Banfi, in Tuscany’s Montalciono region, founded in 1978. However, it was only one year later, in 1979, that Banfi Piemonte started, with the purchase of the Bruzzone cellars in the small town of Strevi, in northeast Italy’s Piedmont region. Originally founded in 1860, this winery is one of Italy’s oldest and, in its Deco heyday, was one of its most famous “metodo classico” sparkling wine producers.

This creation of a Piedmontese side in their enterprise clearly reflects the Mariani family’s philosophy of keeping a profound respect for tradition, while maintaining a keen regard for the future.

Fast-forward to the present and Banfi Piemonte, is recognised as a leading producer of both still and sparkling Piedmontese wines. 46 hectares of vineyards provide the grapes for a completely renovated winery, custom made to both preserve and exalt their natural characteristics.

The winery boasts an impressive array of stainless-steel tanks, crucial for the correct fermentation of sparkling wines and the initial vinification of red wines, plus row upon row of pupitres used for the painstaking production of “metodo classico” sparkling wines.

The barrel room, recently restored and adorned with art, plays host to the maturation of noble Piedmontese wines. Wines produced include noble Piedmontese varietals, such as Cortese, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Barbera and Albarossa, and the winery’s dedication to quality and link to terroir is expressed through its varied and well-rounded portfolio.

Banfi Piemonte barrel room

Credit: A. Brookshaw

La Lus 2016 – Piemonte DOC

La Lus is made with the Albarossa grape, a cross of Piedmont’s famous Barbera and Nebbiolo. First made in 1938, Albarossa (loosely translating as “Red Dawn”) lay dormant until 2002 when four enterprising Piedmontese wineries, including Banfi Piemonte, joined forces to plant an experimental hectare dedicated to the new grape, which has the seductive fruitiness of Barbera, rounded out by the structure of Nebbiolo. La Lus, means “the light” or “rising sun” in Piedmontese dialect.

2016 was a good vintage, with early sprouting thanks to a mild winter balanced by slow vegetative activity in a cooler-than-normal spring. These conditions, plus low rainfall in the first half of September, made the quality of the grapes exceptional.

Vivid ruby red, La Lus with its fruity aromas accompanied by hints of vanilla and liquorice and a soft and velvety structure, is a striking, modern version of typical Piedmontese style.

Ideal with tasty appetisers such as seasoned hams and liver pâté crostini, but also excellent with pasta dishes served with savoury sauces, such as ragu’, or main courses, such as rabbit stew.

Banfi Piemonte La Lue

Alcohol: 14%

Suggested serving temperature: 16-18°C

First vintage produced: 2006

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Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

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