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.

After two weeks of judging, the results are now in for the 16th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards. Find out which wines won what in this year’s competition.

decanter world wine awards 2019 results

DWWA 2019 quick links to results Search all Best in Show medals Search all Platinum medals Search all Gold medals Search all Silver medals Search all Bronze medals Find out what happens at Judging Week See the DWWA Judging Week highlights in photos France dominated the awards again this year with stunning quality hailing from […]

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After two weeks of judging, the results are now in for the 16th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards. Find out which wines won what in this year’s competition.

decanter world wine awards 2019 results

DWWA 2019 quick links to results Search all Best in Show medals Search all Platinum medals Search all Gold medals Search all Silver medals Search all Bronze medals Find out what happens at Judging Week See the DWWA Judging Week highlights in photos France dominated the awards again this year with stunning quality hailing from […]

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After two weeks of judging, the results are now in for the 16th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards. Find out which wines won what in this year’s competition.

decanter world wine awards 2019 results

DWWA 2019 quick links to results

  • Search all Best in Show medals
  • Search all Platinum medals
  • Search all Gold medals
  • Search all Silver medals
  • Search all Bronze medals

Key stats:

Over the course of two weeks, 280 of the world’s top wine experts blind tasted close to 17,000 wines. This culminated in 50 Best in Show medals, 148 Platinum, 480 Gold, 4,164 Silver and 7,376 Bronze medals being given out.


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France dominated the awards again this year with stunning quality hailing from Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône and Provence. French wines won 13 of the 50 Best in Show medals, Burgundy did notably well, winning four top accolades, these were:

  • Château de Meursault, Les Charmes Dessus, 2017
  • Château de Meursault, Clos des Epenots, 2017
  • Christian Moreau Pére et Fils, Le Clos 2017
  • Domaine de la Vougeraie 2016

France was followed by Spain which received a total of eight Best in Show medals. Sherry performed particularly well receiving two Best in Show medals

  • Lustau, the Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos Del Castillo Amontillado NV
  • 30 Years Old V.O.R.S.

Wines from Rioja, Priorat, Rias Baixas and Castilla y Leon also emerged victorious.

Australia took 3rd place closely behind Spain with six Best in Show medals. Shiraz enjoyed another good year, with half of the esteemed accolades going to:

  • Brokenwood, Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales , Australia 2017
  • Woodlands, ‘Margaret’, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia 2016
  • Eileen Hardy, Chardonnay, Cross-Regional Blend, Australia 2016

The UK wine industry had another hugely successful year, with three of the top 50 wines globally coming from England. Two wineries scooped the ultimate award of Best in Show. Chapel Down won for not one but two of its wines, the Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2016 and Kit’s Coty Coeur De Cuvée 2014. In West Sussex, Wiston Estate won Best in Show for its Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011.


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Other noteworthy highlights

In Italy, Campania had a particularly interesting run of medals. Standing out from the crowd was the Cenatiempo Kalimera, a single varietal made using the indigenous Biancolella grape which was awarded Best in Show for its 2017 vintage.

Portuguese wines scooped an impressive six Best in Show medals, three of which went to the unique fortified wines of Port and Madeira.

Unexpected winners

Mexico put itself on the map with its most successful year ever, with a 46% medal increase since 2018. Mexican wines took home two Gold medals, compared to none in 2018, one of which was awarded for an unusual Nebbiolo blend.

More winners

New Zealand had a strong 2019 winning three Best in Show medals from Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Wairarapa.

The USA collected two Best in Show medals, one more than in 2018. California reigned supreme again with all top medal winners coming from the golden state.

La Luz del Vino from Argentina won a Best in Show for its Vinos de la Luz Single Vineyard Malbec 2017.

Georgia received a Best in Show for a Kisi from Teliani Valley – Glekhuri Qveri Kisi 2017.

An Assyrtiko, Sémillon blend won the Best in Show for Greece.

South Africa earned six Platinum medals which included a sparkling wine from Le Lude in the Western Cape.

China shows no signs of slowing down in its quest to produce award-winning wines for the global market. This is proven through the country’s success this year, winning no less than seven Gold medals.


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Read more on our sister site DecanterChina.com


Suntory won a Platinum medal for Japan with its Tomi No Oka Koshu 2017.


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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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