Of all the alcoholic drinks available, wine has been taken by people worldwide for different purposes. Some take it for health while some take it for fun. Whatever the reason, everybody knows that wine comes from grapes. However, not many people see the process of producing a sweet drink. Understanding the process is essential, you can choose to create your wine for commercial purposes or just domestic use. Australian wine is made through the following procedure.
This process involves picking the grapefruits from the vineyards. These fruits have acids, tannins, and esters that play essential roles in the making process. The sweetness and acidity of the drink are determined by the time the fruits are harvested. As such, harvesting is done at the right moment. After the harvest, the grapes are taken to storage for assortment, where rotten ones are thrown away.
After storage, the grapes are then de-stemmed and then crushed. Long ago, the crushing used to be done with feet. Nonetheless, nowadays, it is done mechanically with a mechanical press. If you are making white wine, then the seeds and skins are separated from the must. If it is red wine, skins and seeds are not removed from the juice to ensure it acquires colour, tannin and flavour.
Fermentation should start immediately after yeast is added within a period of 6 to 12 hours. The fermentation process goes uninterrupted until all the sugar is converted into alcohol. The fermentation process can last for as long as a month or more.
Aging and Bottling
This is the final stage for the production of wine. The drink can be bottled instantly or given additional time to age. Aging can be done by storing the wine in steel tanks, wooden barrels or bottles. Some winemakers prefer oak barrels since they add flavour and make the drink smooth.