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.
Foley Ferrari-Carano
The Villa Fiore tasting room and terrace at Ferrari-Carano.

The deal significantly expands access to vineyard land and premium wine for Foley Family Wines...

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Foley Ferrari-Carano
The Villa Fiore tasting room and terrace at Ferrari-Carano.

The deal significantly expands access to vineyard land and premium wine for Foley Family Wines...

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Foley Ferrari-Carano
The Villa Fiore tasting room and terrace at Ferrari-Carano.

Foley Family Wines has agreed to purchase Sonoma County-based Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery for an undisclosed fee, the two companies announced this week.

The move gives Foley Family Wines access to a further 495 hectares (1,223 acres) of vineyard spread across 21 sites covering Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, Carneros in Napa Valley, plus Mendocino Ridge and also Anderson Valley.

Total land acquired is 1,288ha (3,183 acres) and the deal also includes Ferrari-Carano’s estate winery in Dry Creek Valley, plus its Villa Fiore tasting room, and the PreVail Mountain winery in Alexander Valley.

While financial details were not disclosed, the deal marks a significant expansion for Foley Family Wines.

‘Their established reputation for quality wines, their dedication to responsible environmental stewardship, and their commitment to exceptional hospitality are all perfectly aligned with our priorities,’ said Bill Foley, CEO of the Foley Family Wines, which he founded back in 1996.

Ferrari-Carano is best-known for its Sauvignon Blanc – or Fumé Blanc – and its Chardonnay wines produced at its estate winery, but it also makes an estate Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Pinot Noir and a Tuscan-style red blend.

Rhonda Carano, Ferrari-Carano’s founder and CEO, said, ‘Foley Family Wines has shown that they value the individual character of each of their estate wineries. We know that the reputation we’ve worked hard to build over the last four decades is in good hands.’

Several residential properties and a temperature-controlled warehouse are also included in the deal.


See also: 

Gallo buys prized Napa Valley winery Pahlmeyer

Louis Roederer acquires Sonoma winery Merry Edwards


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