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.

How to purchase medal stickers First you need your Wine ID to order stickers. Log into your DWWA account here to find your Wine ID (If not sure where to find this in your account, scroll down to see ‘How to find your Wine ID’ below) Once you have your Wine ID, go to Decanter’s sticker […]

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How to purchase medal stickers First you need your Wine ID to order stickers. Log into your DWWA account here to find your Wine ID (If not sure where to find this in your account, scroll down to see ‘How to find your Wine ID’ below) Once you have your Wine ID, go to Decanter’s sticker […]

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How to purchase medal stickers

  1. First you need your Wine ID to order stickers. Log into your DWWA account here to find your Wine ID
    (If not sure where to find this in your account, scroll down to see ‘How to find your Wine ID’ below)
  2. Once you have your Wine ID, go to Decanter’s sticker site here
  3. Select the competition year, then scroll down to select the medal (with or without points) you’ve won and would like to purchase
  4. Enter your Wine ID, wine name and vintage for the wine you will place these stickers on, and select the number of sticker rolls you would like to purchase (stickers are supplied in rolls of 1,000 stickers)
  5. Select ‘Add to cart,’ then continue shopping or continue to checkout to complete your purchase
How to buy DWWA medal stickers

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How to find your Wine ID

  1. Log into your DWWA account and go to the ‘my wines‘ page
  2. Click on ‘wine information‘ located at the top right corner of the page
  3. Your Wine ID will be shown on the top of the page before the wine details
How to find your DWWA Wine ID

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Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

Laurel Gray Vineyards

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