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.
decanter wines of the year 2020

From classics to lesser-known styles, these wines are worth seeking out...

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decanter wines of the year 2020

From classics to lesser-known styles, these wines are worth seeking out...

The post Wines of the Year 2020: Top scorers appeared first on Decanter.

decanter wines of the year 2020

To create Decanter’s Wines of the Year 2020 ranking, we asked our staff, key contributors and Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chairs to nominate their standout bottles across three categories:

  • Classic (a premium, benchmark wine style);
  • Offbeat (unusual grape, winemaking method, region or unearthed gem);
  • Value (£25 or under).

The wines were then tasted and scored by an expert panel – Beth Willard, Andy Howard MW and Ronan Sayburn MS – to help ensure objectivity.

Prices were not revealed to the judges at the time of tasting and the panel did not know which of the three categories (cited above) a wine had been nominated for.

The list brings together a kaleidoscope of backgrounds, perspectives and palates, all supported by outstanding knowledge on specific areas. It therefore provides a fantastic insight into exciting things, old and new, happening in different parts of the wine world.

‘This is all about experts – who really understand the varieties and wine styles of their regions – choosing wines they love, and that makes it a unique tasting,’ said Willard.


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More about the wines 

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Decanter Wines of the Year 2020: The top scorers

This list represents red, white, rosé, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines from the tasting. 

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