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.
Washington wine property, Sotheby's

The recently-listed-for-sale Washington State wine property is dominated by a 21,200-square-foot residence that features seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a terrace overlooking vines and the local landscape. There is also a current winemaking operation complete with a private tasting room for visitors, says the listing by Sue Rhoads for Retter & Company and Sotheby’s International […]

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Washington wine property, Sotheby's

The recently-listed-for-sale Washington State wine property is dominated by a 21,200-square-foot residence that features seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a terrace overlooking vines and the local landscape. There is also a current winemaking operation complete with a private tasting room for visitors, says the listing by Sue Rhoads for Retter & Company and Sotheby’s International […]

The post Property: Washington State wine villa goes on sale for $3.75m appeared first on Decanter.

Washington wine property, Sotheby's

The recently-listed-for-sale Washington State wine property is dominated by a 21,200-square-foot residence that features seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a terrace overlooking vines and the local landscape.

There is also a current winemaking operation complete with a private tasting room for visitors, says the listing by Sue Rhoads for Retter & Company and Sotheby’s International Realty.

Washington wine property, Sotheby's

Photo: Kristine Kohl for Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty.

Around 1.2 hectares of vines (three acres) sit in-front of the main residence, listed at $3.75m and located near in Kennewick in the Tri-Cities area.

For good measure, prospective buyers will also find a temperature-controlled swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, plus a large kitchen area, several garages, home theatre, grand piano and art studio.

‘This estate was truly designed and built to be lived in, entertain friends and family, and take in all that the Tri-Cities area and Columbia Valley have to offer for the wine enthusiast,’ says the listing.

Washington wine property, Sotheby's

Photo: Kristine Kohl for Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty.

The estate’s vineyard is currently planted to to the Carménère grape variety, a relatively rare sight in Washington State.

Washington wine property, Sotheby's

Photo: Kristine Kohl for Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely-grown variety in the state overall, with Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc the other major international varieties.

However, there are 70 grape varieties to be found in the region in total, also including Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Sémillon, Pinot Gris and Viognier – plus a range of other grapes from Müller-Thurgau to Barbera, according to the Washington State Wine Commission.

According to a report by Silicon Valley Bank’s wine division published this year, vineyard prices across Washington State softened overall in 2019 as some areas faced oversupply issues.

However, the report said it believed vineyard prices in most areas producing premium wine in eastern Washington held steady or slightly increased in value.

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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.
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