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.
Bordeaux dry white wines

Ranging from drink-it-now fresh to barrel-fermented keepers...

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Bordeaux dry white wines

Ranging from drink-it-now fresh to barrel-fermented keepers...

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Bordeaux dry white wines

Often the ‘poor relation’ when considering Bordeaux wines, the region’s dry whites are certainly on the up.

Given Bordeaux’s red wine dominance today, it is hard to believe that until the 1950s this was a white wine region.

Entre-Deux-Mers, and the Sémillon grape, dominated with vast quantities of lacklustre whites produced using traditional winemaking methods. The devastating frost of 1956 changed everything, with large areas replanted to red varieties and a new approach to the market.


Scroll down for tasting notes and scores on 20 Bordeaux dry white wines worth seeking out


Back in 1990, while I was discussing the market for white Bordeaux with Charles Sichel, export director for Maison Sichel, he observed ‘producers can’t give white Bordeaux away – it’s all about red’.

Today it’s a different story. ‘There is a much better understanding now of how to grow white grapes, and this has been combined with modern winemaking techniques. So much of this is down to Denis Dubourdieu,’ adds Sichel.

Improving Bordeaux dry whites

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20 Bordeaux dry white wines to find and enjoy

Wines tasted by Decanter experts in the past year. Introduction copy first published in Decanter’s Bordeaux guide 2019.

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