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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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa Champagne button

If you want to see an example of technology genuinely making the world better, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is happy to oblige. The boutique luxury hotel has introduced an in-room ‘Champagne Please’ button – press it and a bespoke Champagne trolley appears at your door. That’s sparkling room service… Located 45 minutes from […]

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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa Champagne button

If you want to see an example of technology genuinely making the world better, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is happy to oblige. The boutique luxury hotel has introduced an in-room ‘Champagne Please’ button – press it and a bespoke Champagne trolley appears at your door. That’s sparkling room service… Located 45 minutes from […]

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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa Champagne button

If you want to see an example of technology genuinely making the world better, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is happy to oblige. The boutique luxury hotel has introduced an in-room ‘Champagne Please’ button – press it and a bespoke Champagne trolley appears at your door. That’s sparkling room service…

Hotel rooms, terrace and swimming pool overlooking vineyards

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Located 45 minutes from Paris, the hotel also boasts a Champagne Concierge. Hotel guests can arrange exclusive tastings and tailor-made cellar visits at nearby Champagne houses. Going behind behind the scenes of both the great Champagne marques and small artisan producers and growers, it’s a chance to really experience the winemaking secrets of the region.

You can also rent one of the hotel’s electric bicycles for a pedal-powered tour around the nearby vineyards, as well as visiting neighbouring villages such as Hautvillers. Other options include a guided vineyard tour in an open-top electric Cabriolet, boat excursions on the Marne river or a hot air balloon trip over the Montagne de Reims.

When you’ve finished exploring the vineyards and cellars, the hotel offers plenty of options for rest and relaxation. The 47 rooms and suites – all with vineyard views – combine chic French style with luxury and comfort.

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The Spa pool with views over the Marne Valley

The well-equipped Spa offers custom Biologique Recherche facials and KOS PARIS body treatments, including massages and couples treatments. There’s also a yoga studio, sauna and hammam. Its calming pool has great views over the surrounding Champagne vineyards and the Marne Valley.

Wine and dine

Finally, when you’re hungry the hotel has a choice of two restaurants, both overseen by chef Jean-Denis Rieubland. More casual, Le Bellevue showcases locally sourced produce in a range of French dishes. Choices on the seasonal menu might include jambon de Reims, baked cod with Champagne sauce or beef tenderloin with pan-fried artichokes.

Meanwhile, the Michelin-starred Le Royal offers multi-course tasting menus, starting from €140, featuring Champagne pairing. Expect ambitious gastronomic dishes such as red scorpion fish with bouillabaisse consomme, fennel in olive oil and saffron rouille or Aubrac beef filet with caviar, sour cream and thyme jus, asparagus and puffed potatoes.

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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.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

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