The Process Of Making A Great Wine
December 18, 2013
Wine has been loved by many throughout the centuries. Though the technology has changed, the same methodology is still used to provide the fruit based libation. Most wineries will employ a chief winemaker to be certain that the grapes they grow are turned into delicious wines, and here is how they do it:
First off you need to grow the right grape variety for the wine you need to produce. A number of these types include Pinot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. Generally a wine would be made from one of those variations, but it is also quote common for 2 kinds to be combined to make a novel blend of flavour.
After picking the ripe grapes, the following stage of the process is to smash the grapes. This used to be done by standing on the grapes with bare feet, and it’s still done this way by some tiny wine shops, but the bigger wine outlets use automated machines to crush the grapes.
The crushed grapes are then placed into huge containers and left to ferment for time. Some wine growers will add additional yeast to the blend to accelerate the fermentation process, whilst others choose to leave it as is. The naturally occurring sugars in the grapes produces carbon dioxide so it is vital that the crushed grapes are left in an open container, or a container that's got a vent for the CO2 to escape.
After the winemaker is happy with the fermentation process the wine is placed into massive wooden barrels and left to further mature. The average size of these barrels is between 220 and 250 litres, so they are quite large. The wine is then placed into smaller glass bottles and are sealed with an old style cork or a metal cap.
If the method is carried out well, the end result will be a wonderful wine such as the Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz.