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.
wine lifestyle property, stellenbosch
A view from the pool at one of the estates in Stellenbosch wine country.

Estate with two wine cellars in Stellenbosch, at $2.3m (38.98m Rand) This seven-hectare (17 acres) estate is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and offers some pretty impressive views from its hillside position in the Devon Valley area, according to the listing by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty. Alongside taking in the views at the […]

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wine lifestyle property, stellenbosch
A view from the pool at one of the estates in Stellenbosch wine country.

Estate with two wine cellars in Stellenbosch, at $2.3m (38.98m Rand) This seven-hectare (17 acres) estate is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and offers some pretty impressive views from its hillside position in the Devon Valley area, according to the listing by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty. Alongside taking in the views at the […]

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wine lifestyle property, stellenbosch
A view from the pool at one of the estates in Stellenbosch wine country.

Estate with two wine cellars in Stellenbosch, at $2.3m (38.98m Rand)

stellenbosch wine property sale

Photo Credit: Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.

This seven-hectare (17 acres) estate is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and offers some pretty impressive views from its hillside position in the Devon Valley area, according to the listing by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.

Alongside taking in the views at the outdoor pool, you can also perfect your culinary skills thanks to the ‘professional chef’s catering equipment’ in the kitchen.

There is a vaulted wine cellar and a separate, second wine cellar, also described as a ‘grotto’.

‘This property not only lends itself to the most luxurious of homes but would easily be utilized as a very superior boutique hotel,’ the listing says.

The listing highlights that the property has sophisticated security systems.

‘Rare’ lifestyle property with private vineyard, at $1.4m (24m Rand)

Stellenbosch wine property sotheby's

Photo credit: Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.

This estate, known as Keerweder II on the Upper Blaauwklippen road, has a small, private vineyard but is also in the heart of wine country.

‘Rarely can a lifestyle property be offered in such a discreet location,’ says the listing by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.

There are unrestricted views across the landscape, with Cape Town’s Table Mountain in the distance, and the 4ha property also includes a wine cellar, outdoor pool and gardens.

There is also 24-hour security at the estate, which backs on to the imposing Suurberg Mountain, the listing says (see photo below).

Stellenbosch wine property sotheby's

Photo credit: Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.


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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.

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