Tag: technology

A thermometer with a scale

Flash pasteurisation soon allowed for organic wines

In 2012, the EU introduced rules for organic vinification, 21 years after the rules for organic farming were established. Small changes have been made since then with regard to (mainly) additives. In 2021 further changes

Pinot grapes in a press in Champagne

Ultrasound gives more aromas in the wine

The latest technology to obtain more aromas in the wine is to use ultrasound. The method will probably soon be approved for winemaking. Ultrasound can be used on both white and red grapes in order

A Diam 3 cork

Eco-friendly cork wins award

Every year, over 2 billion Diam corks are sold, so chances are you will now and then pull one out of your wine bottle. Diam Bouchage is a French company that 12 years ago introduced

Sunset over the Mediterranean, Sicily

New Zealand aims to be leader in low-alcohol wines

The trend has been there for several years now. Demand for wines with lower alcoholic strength increases. However, it is not that easy to make low-alcohol wines. The simplest method, to stop the fermentation at

Marselan, recently planted vines

A future with herbicides replaced by thermal foam?

More and more herbicides are prohibited. What will happen to glyphosate and flumioxazin, two key ingredients in a variety of herbicides, is currently unclear. Many winemakers are preparing for a future without chemical weed removal.

Precision viticulture with the VineRobot

The wine grower has to take many decisions concerning the work in the vineyard. All decisions may affect the quality of the wine. So it is important that he makes the right decisions. Soon, the

Do we want wines with lower alcohol?

We often hear comments from people that the alcohol content of today’s wines is much higher than it used to be. Today, there are techniques that can reduce the alcohol content of a wine or

Zest: a synthetic cork for sparkling wines

Nomacorc, manufacturer of synthetic wine corks, has launched a synthetic cork for sparkling wines. The cork will start selling in Italy beginning of 2016. The visual aspect of the cork has been important for Nomacorc

Unlimited photo storage on-line

For those who are fond of photography this may be of interest: Amazon has recently launched something they call “unlimited photo storage on-line”, in the cloud. It’s one of the things they offer in their

Oak chips without oak flavours

It is not allowed to aromatize wine. With one exception. You can age the wine in oak barrels. The oak gives flavours to the wine although many producers now claim that they are not looking

Fermentation in open concrete vats at AA Badenhorst

Earth’s Essence KWV | Mikael’s Wine of the Month

A while back BKWine Magazine published a text on the wine from South Africa where they refrained from using sulphur and instead used rooibos, a South African wood species. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Mikael Karlin became

Too much alcohol in the wine? Change the yeast!

People sometimes complain that there is too much alcohol in wine. In a warm climate, however, it is not always easy to produce wines with lower alcohol content. When ripe grapes, rich in sugar, ferment

First “natural” herbicide launched

The first “natural” herbicide is now available on the market. The name is Beloukha and the company that manufactures the product is called Jade. Beloukha is a fatty acid derived from rapeseed oil. Spraying with

Machine Harvest in Champagne, soon a reality?

In Champagne everything is harvested by hand in order not to risk that the must is coloured by the blue (red) grapes. But last year discuss begun about the possibility of introducing machine harvest in

Satellite imaging helps the wine grower

To have fine, healthy grapes when it is time to pick means everything, or at least a lot, to the quality of the wine. And that means that you must ensure that both the vines

Copper harms beneficial bacteria

Copper is an effective way to fight the fungal disease mildiou. However, spraying too much copper in the vineyard is not good for the soil and the water and this has been known a long

Environmental friendly electro-dialysis?

There have been more reactions to the EU rules for organic wines. The French company Oenodia is upset about the fact that the rules ban organic wines from using electro-dialysis. Oenodia specializes in the treatment

Concrete Chic – fermentations among the vat makers

More and more producers are rebuilding their cellars and are replacing stainless steel vats with concrete fermentation vats. And some of those who couldn’t afford to buy stainless steel vats and had to make do

A Diam 3 cork

Eco-friendly cork wins award

Every year, over 2 billion Diam corks are sold, so chances are you will now and then pull one out of your wine bottle. Diam

Do we want wines with lower alcohol?

We often hear comments from people that the alcohol content of today’s wines is much higher than it used to be. Today, there are techniques

Unlimited photo storage on-line

For those who are fond of photography this may be of interest: Amazon has recently launched something they call “unlimited photo storage on-line”, in the

Oak chips without oak flavours

It is not allowed to aromatize wine. With one exception. You can age the wine in oak barrels. The oak gives flavours to the wine

First “natural” herbicide launched

The first “natural” herbicide is now available on the market. The name is Beloukha and the company that manufactures the product is called Jade. Beloukha

Copper harms beneficial bacteria

Copper is an effective way to fight the fungal disease mildiou. However, spraying too much copper in the vineyard is not good for the soil