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.
Burgundy wine stolen

More than 1,000 bottles have been stolen...

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Burgundy wine stolen

More than 1,000 bottles have been stolen...

The post Over £100,000 worth of Burgundy wine stolen from winery appeared first on Decanter.

Burgundy wine stolen

The wines, including 998 bottles, nine magnums and 43 jeroboams, have a market value of well over £100,000, and include a number of large-format Grand Cru library vintages.

The theft from Domaine Forey’s warehouse, which took place on the night of 9 May, was described as ‘devastating’, and is said to have left domaine owner Régis Forey ‘heartbroken’.

Now importers of Forey wines – including UK-based Georges Barbier and L’Imperatrice in Hong Kong – hope that people in the wine trade will look out for the stolen bottles and report anything suspicious to the authorities.

Two pallets of wine were stolen, including large quantities of 2017 Forey wines from Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Les Gaudichots, Echezeaux Grand Cru and Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru.

The thieves also took examples of Forey’s Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Les Petits Monts, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premiers Crus Les Saint-Georges and Les Perrières, Morey-St-Denis Premier Cru, as well as village wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée.

Describing the theft as ‘devastating’ in an Instagram post, L’Imperatrice said: ‘For Régis Forey, the detrimental event was heartbreaking – the stolen bottles were of the rarest of the estate, including many jeroboams of museum Grands Crus and hundreds of normal-size current release Grands Crus.

‘In addition to the economic damage, the cost included the work that went into making these wines, along the vision and the patience to cellar them for over 20 years.’

Georges Barbier said he understood that the theft was just the latest of a spate of similar recent incidents in the Burgundy region.

Domaine Forey has been contacted for comment on the theft.


The missing wines, list supplied by L’Imperatrice:

Bouteilles Capsules congés de 75 cl
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017 6 bouteilles
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017 84 bouteilles
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2017 92 bouteilles

Bouteilles Capsules neutres de 75cl
Vosne Romanée 1er cru « petits Monts » 2017 96 bouteilles
Vosne Romanée 1er cru « Gaudichots » 2017 240 bouteilles
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017 240 bouteilles
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2017 240 bouteilles

Magnums capsules neutres de 150 cl
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017 6 magnums
Clos Vougeot Grand cru 2017 3 magnums

Jéroboam caisse bois de 3 litres
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 1999 1 jeroboam
2004 1 jeroboam
2005 2 jeroboams
2006 2 jeroboams
2007 1 jeroboam
2017 3 jéroboams
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2004 1 jeroboam
2006 2 jeroboams
Vosne Romanée 1er cru « Gaudichots » 2006 1 jéroboam
2017 3 jéroboams
Vosne Romanée 1er cru « Petits Monts » 2005 1 jéroboam
2006 1 jéroboam
Nuits st Georges 1er cru « St Georges » 1998 1 jéroboam
1999 2 jéroboams
2002 1 jéroboam

Nuits st Georges 1er cru »St Georges » 2005 1 jéroboam
2006 1 jéroboam
Nuits st Georges 1er cru « Perrières » 1998 1 jéroboam
2002 1 jéroboam
2006 1 jéroboam

Morey st Denis 1er cru 2005 1 jéroboam
Nuits st Georges 2002 2 jéroboams
2004 3 jéroboams
2006 1 jéroboam
2007 1 jéroboam
Vosne Romanée 2002 2 jéroboams
2004 3 jéroboams
2007 1 jéroboam

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