Whether you are partial to Napa Valley Chardonnay or prefer a full-bodied Bordeaux cabernet sauvignon, nothing rounds out a delicious meal like a fine glass of wine. The winemaking process includes several steps in order to turn freshly picked grapes into a tasty wine on your table. For those looking for the best wine filtration products or for anyone who is interested in learning more about how wine is made, here is an overview of this process and breakdown of benefits of filtering wine.
Overview of the Wine-Making Process
Making wine is a several step process that must be done with care for best results. Most winemakers include the following steps during their process from vineyard to bottle:
- Harvesting: Harvesting, when grapes are picked form their vines, is the first step in the winemaking process. The time of harvest can have a big impact on the wine’s final taste. Most winemakers use science, weather patterns, and simply tasting the grapes to determine if they are ready to be harvested.
- Crushing and Pressing: After grapes have been picked, they will be taken off their stems and crushed. Historically, winemakers did this process with their hands and feet, though these days it is typically done by machine.
- Fermentation: Fermentation is essentially the process that turns grape juice into wine. Yeasts facilitate chemical the processes that enable wine to ferment into an alcoholic beverage.
- Clarification: This is the process where unwanted particles are removed from the wine before bottling. Winemakers typically use fining or filtration to facilitate this process. Fining is the act of putting a substance such as clay or eggshells into the wine that particles will adhere to and then removing that object from the wine. Filtration removes particles by pouring the wine through filters which thick particles cannot fit.
- Aging and Bottling: These are the final steps of the winemaking process. Some wines will be bottled, sold, and opened right after the clarification process. Other wines will be aged in barrels, bottles, or tanks to achieve the desired taste.
Filtering During Clarification: Benefits of Wine Filtration
The winemaking process includes many steps that can affect the final flavor of the wine. Filtration is a vital part of the clarification process that ensures your wine will taste great and be free of any unwanted particles and substances. Some benefits of filtering wine before aging and bottling include:
- Appearance: Filtering wine can have a big impact on its final appearance. Even if your wine already has good color and viscosity, filtration can take your wine’s coloring to the next level creating a more crisp, clear appearance
- Shorten aging time: Filtration can also play a role in reducing the time necessary for aging. Wine is typically aged to reduce the amount of tannic acid and other proteins within it, so filtering out those elements can lead to a shorter necessary aging time overall.
- Coloring: While some wines are meant to have a deep, dark coloring, others should appear lighter in color. Filtration to lighten a wine’s color is most commonly done for white wines, and also for some roses and reds.
- Reduce the likelihood of re-fermentation: Accidental re-fermentation can happen when there are large amounts of yeast in bottled wine. When these particles are filtered out of wine during the clarification process it can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidental re-fermentation.
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