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.
Hart Davis Hart Burgundy auction

Its biggest Burgundy auction to date...

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Hart Davis Hart Burgundy auction

Its biggest Burgundy auction to date...

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Hart Davis Hart Burgundy auction

The two-day sale from the Chicago-based auction house on 17-18 May was its largest Celebration of Burgundy auction to date, with more than half of lots exceeding their pre-sale high estimates.

Highlights included 73 vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) wines, dating back to 1942 and featuring all of the domaine’s Grand Cru vineyard sites, which fetched a total of $1.8m and claimed nine out of the top 10 lots by value.

A jeroboam of DRC Romanée Conti was sold for $95,000, against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000-90,000, while six bottles of 2014 Romanée-St-Vivant from Domaine Dujac netted $20,315, easily outstripping their pre-sale high estimate of $5,500.

The sale included 89 lots of Domaine Dujac, which beat their pre-sale high estimate in fetching nearly $400,000, and 87 lots from Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, which sold for $377,058, versus a high estimate of $354,450.

Hart Davis Hart reported bidders from across the US, as well as from Hong Kong, Japan, China, Taiwan, Denmark, Switzerland and Brazil.

‘The saleroom bustled with determined collectors who competed vigorously with absentee and live bidders throughout the country and world,’ the company said.

Hart Davis Hart’s next sale will be held on the weekend of 22 June, featuring a host of European and New World wines.


See also: DRC sets new record at wine auction

 

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