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.
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For more than ten years, US Wine Exports Company have been producers, distributors, and exporters of some of America’s finest wines. They specialise in private labels and act as international négociants for more than 30 wineries throughout California. Their brands range from premium Napa Valley to entry level California blends. Their mission is to bring the highest quality American wines to customers around the world at affordable rates.

We caught up with Joseph Bica President & CEO to gain more of an insight into how buyers from businesses around the world could increase their sales of US wines.

“At the core of having a successful range of US wines are three key factors to consider; 1. Diversification of portfolio, 2. Private labelling opportunities and 3. Shipping and logistics.”

“First and foremost, the depth and width of the range is key, the diversity of grape varieties, climates and style is enormous. With a focus on California wines, we encourage our partners to not only include the renowned AVAs of Napa and Sonoma but to examine the additional diversity that can be found in California’s 140 different AVA’s, all producing unique styles of wine. This allows buyers to cater for all consumer needs rather than narrowing their potential audience with a limited selection.”

“Private Labelling offers an additional level of autonomy for a buyer, where they can fill a gap in a range by price point, variety or style. There is also a very realistic opportunity to build a unique brand within a market, with a wealth of options regarding wine cost, label design and flavour profiles. With a diverse range of sources for wine across California the options are fairly limitless.”

“Beyond the physical acquisition of the product, shipping and logistics of the wines to the ultimate international destination can be a complex, time-consuming issue. US Wine Exports Company offers international shipment, logistics, required importation paperwork, insurance, and port of entry customs clearing of wine products. Our team can consolidate large or small wine orders into full container loads (FCL) or less than container loads (LCL) at our California warehouses. Offering this service removes a number of the barriers and speeds up delivery, allowing for fewer shipments and lower costs of wines from California or other wineries throughout the United States.”

For further information visit www.uswinecompany.com

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