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.
Li Demei DWWA ProWine China

Despite the global pandemic, ProWine China 2020 successfully took place from 10-12 November as the first international wines and spirits trade fair since the outbreak of COVID-19. A total of 400 wine producers and distributors from 17 countries and more than 22,500 visitors contributed to this year’s event, which included a diverse program of wine […]

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Li Demei DWWA ProWine China

Despite the global pandemic, ProWine China 2020 successfully took place from 10-12 November as the first international wines and spirits trade fair since the outbreak of COVID-19. A total of 400 wine producers and distributors from 17 countries and more than 22,500 visitors contributed to this year’s event, which included a diverse program of wine […]

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Li Demei DWWA ProWine China

Despite the global pandemic, ProWine China 2020 successfully took place from 10-12 November as the first international wines and spirits trade fair since the outbreak of COVID-19.

A total of 400 wine producers and distributors from 17 countries and more than 22,500 visitors contributed to this year’s event, which included a diverse program of wine education masterclasses including one led by DAWA Vice-Chair, Professor Li Demei, on Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 award-winning Chinese wines.

Li Demei DWWA ProWine China

Li Demei led the DWWA 2020 masterclass with award-winning Chinese wines

The fully booked masterclass was attended by 60 members of the trade and included an impressive 12 90+ point Chinese wines from seven wine regions including Beijing, Ningxia, Shandong, Xinjiang, Hebei, Jilin and Liaoning.

The line-up of Platinum, Gold and Silver medal winners included a full range of wine styles with sparkling, white, red and sweet wines represented. Scroll down to see the award-winning wines tasted…

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The 12 wines included in the DWWA 2020 masterclass at ProWine China

Chandon, Brut, Helan Mountain East, Ningxia, China NV

Silver, 90 points
(12.5%), 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
A classic traditional method style showing a good balance of nutty, toasty notes alongside ripe stone and red fruits. Rich and complex.

Chateau Nine Peaks, Reserve Chardonnay, Qingdao, Shandong, China 2018

Silver, 90 points
(12.5%), 100% Chardonnay
Green apple, toast, lemon and flinty scents. The palate is perky and concentrated with graceful length. Overall quite appealing.

Chateau Changyu AFIP Global, Chardonnay, Miyun, Beijing, China 2017

Silver, 90 points
(12.5%), 100% Chardonnay
Restrained apple, acacia, vanilla and lemon zest aromatics. Subtle and creamy palate, with ripe stone fruit and smoky characters, plus a rich, buttery texture. Pretty good overall.

Puchang Vineyard, Saperavi, Turpan, Xinjiang, China 2016

Silver, 90 points
(14%), 100% Saperavi
Lots of classic varietal character here with notes of plum, dried herbs, hawthorn and plums. The palate is softly textured with restrained tannins. Nicely done.

Tiansai Vineyards, Skyline of Gobi Reserve Shiraz-Marselan, Yanqi, Xinjiang, China 2016

Silver, 90 points
(14.8%), 50% Shiraz, 50% Marselan
Rich ripe black cherry, raspberry and cassis fruit nose with floral hints. Minty and peppery in the mouth with fine tannins and persistent length.

Amethyst Manor, Amethyard Classic Marselan, Huailai, Hebei, China 2017

Silver, 90 points
(13.9%), 100% Marselan
A restrained blueberry, vanilla and blackcurrant nose introduces a layered, robust palate with grainy tannins bolstering stony savoury mineral character. Not without some elegance.

LongTing Vineyard, Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon, Yili, Xinjiang, China 2017

Silver, 90 points
(15%), 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Floral and fruity; a pleasant combination of violet, blackcurrant, and raspberry. Still very much in its youth, with good concentration of flavour, and excellent finish.

Xige Estate, Helan Mountain East, Ningxia, China 2017

Silver, 90 points
(14.5%), 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Gernischt
Cassis and cherry scents with hints of tar, tobacco and cedar. The palate displays a similar quality, with a generosity of fruit that carries the finish well.

Grace Vineyard, Deep Blue, Shanxi & Ningxia, China 2017

Silver, 90 points
(15.5%), 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
A flashy and ambitious wine with pronounced cedar, vanilla, cherry and liquorice scents, abundant fine-grained tannins and a toasty finish. Fine job!

Domaine Franco Chinois, Petit Manseng, Huailai, Hebei, China 2015

Gold, 96 points
(12%), 100% Petit Manseng
Vibrant, playful and exciting, this is a superb wine with an apricot, pear and peach skin nose, beautiful melon and tangerine flavours and a long finish. Bravo!

Liaoning Sanhe, Cailonglin Vidal Icewine, Huanren, Liaoning, China 2013

Gold, 95 points
(12%), 100% Vidal
A cascade of ripe, scented, marmalade, honey, butterscotch and candied citrus characters pile out of the glass in friendly combat with toast, tea leaf and perky acidity. Bravo.

Ji’an Baite, Manor Icewine, Tonghua, Jilin, China 2016

Platinum, 97 points
(11%), 100% Vidal
Resplendent tangerine and dried apricot scents lead onto an intense palate of ripe oranges, figs and dates. Elegant, long, concentrated and beautiful, this will will handsomely repay cellaring.

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