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.
Bordeaux 2019 en primeur

The Bordeaux 2019 en primeur campaign has been an unusual one. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent international lockdowns meant that the traditional primeurs week did not take place – normally when journalists and wine experts head to the region and assess the new vintage. Decanter’s Jane Anson, based in Bordeaux, has tasted the 2019 samples […]

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Bordeaux 2019 en primeur

The Bordeaux 2019 en primeur campaign has been an unusual one. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent international lockdowns meant that the traditional primeurs week did not take place – normally when journalists and wine experts head to the region and assess the new vintage. Decanter’s Jane Anson, based in Bordeaux, has tasted the 2019 samples […]

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Bordeaux 2019 en primeur

The Bordeaux 2019 en primeur campaign has been an unusual one.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent international lockdowns meant that the traditional primeurs week did not take place – normally when journalists and wine experts head to the region and assess the new vintage.

Decanter’s Jane Anson, based in Bordeaux, has tasted the 2019 samples –all while following social distancing measures – to still provide Decanter Premium readers with an extensive report on the vintage, with tasting notes and scores.

The campaign has sprung into life after a slow start, with some well-known châteaux dropping prices as much as 30% compared to 2018. Find the latest on the campaign releases here. 

According to Anson’s initial report on what to expect from the vintage, the ‘Left Bank seem less lush but more structured than in 2018, so closer to 2016 in style. But, I have so far found there is less consistency as you move down the rankings than in 2016.’

‘The top Right Bank wines seem closer to 2018 in style. They are rich and lush in many cases, although with slightly higher acidity levels than in 2018.’

Need to refresh your memory of the 2018 vintage? Find our overviews and scores here. 

Keep checking Decanter.com as we report on the campaign and Decanter Premium for Anson’s full report, with tasting notes and scores.


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