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.

Nikhil Agarwal is a trained sommelier and judge at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Nikhil Agarwal
Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal is a trained Sommelier, wine and spirits writer, editor for Food and Wine Magazine India and an international wine and spirits competition judge.

The post DAWA judge profile: Nikhil Agarwal appeared first on Decanter.


Nikhil Agarwal is a trained sommelier and judge at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Nikhil Agarwal
Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal is a trained Sommelier, wine and spirits writer, editor for Food and Wine Magazine India and an international wine and spirits competition judge.

The post DAWA judge profile: Nikhil Agarwal appeared first on Decanter.

Nikhil Agarwal is a trained sommelier and judge at the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

Nikhil Agarwal
Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal

Nikhil Agarwal is a trained Sommelier, wine and spirits writer, editor for Food and Wine Magazine India and an international wine and spirits competition judge. He is the brainchild behind All Things Nice, India’s leading wine, spirits and luxury marketing and consulting agency.

He won the Wine Australia scholarship and subsequently Wine Australia made him their A+ Wine Educator in India. He is one of five contenders from 90 countries short-listed by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London (IWSC) for The Julian Brind Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine and Spirits Industry.

Nikhil has been in the wine, spirits and luxury business for over 19 years, working with companies such as Sula Vineyards, LVMH and Diageo. He was appointed Program Director of the Wines Of India Program, and has organised events including Wine Week, Cognac Week, Malt Week and the Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Awards. BlackBook magazine has listed Nikhil Agarwal as one of their Top 100 Indian Luxury’s Most Influential.

Nikhil lends his written expertise to eminent publications and has been featured on TV channels such as NDTV Profit, Times Now, Bloomberg TV and ET Now. CNBC did a feature on Nikhil as part of the show ‘Young Turks’ and Discovery TLC features Nikhil in the show The Flying Wine Maker. Nikhil was voted as one of India’s Top 10 Movers & Shakers in Verve magazine, and is a judge on the Living Foodz Epicurean Guild Awards.

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