Author: Dr. Hermann Pilz

Frizzante, secco and prosecco: What’s the difference?

The terms prosecco, frizzante and secco are often used interchangeably; however, there are simple regulations for the official designation of the beverages, depending on how they are produced and the respective amount of carbon dioxide in the bottle.

The impact of climate change on wine growing

Thunderstorms, drought periods, forest fires: Climate change can be felt in almost all areas of life – and viticulture is no exception. Winegrowers need to adapt to new conditions, as the changes to climate and weather conditions have a direct impact on grapevines planted in vineyard parcels, sometimes even with serious consequences.

Technology used in red wine production

In red wine production, a number of factors go into shaping each wine’s individual character. Key parameters include the location and climate of the vineyard, grape variety and methods of cultivation, ripeness of the grapes, timing of the harvest, approach to pressing the grapes, and, lastly, aging of the wine.

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Pét-nat: Back to nature

The method is nothing new and yet it seems like the brilliant idea was discovered just yesterday: “Pét-nat,” a centuries-old winemaking method that produces a more-or-less sparking wine usually clouded by yeast.

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Grape presses: Turning grapes into wine

Grape presses, also called wine presses, feature sophisticated technology. To this day they remain a key piece of equipment for any winery, provided the winery receives the grapes itself and oversees the wine production process right from the very start of the process chain. Presses represent a huge investment, so a purchase needs to be well thought out and consider the specific requirements of the business.

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One bottle less – A report of German wine

At the start of every year, the German Winegrowers’ Association presents the past year’s report on wine based on official statistics. It is the only wine market study systematically created to provide independent information about overall wine sales in Germany – including direct sales to end customers, wine sales through specialist, food and mail order retailers, and restaurants.

2019 grape harvest in Europe

2019 grape harvest in Europe

The EU Commission, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), and other international institutes involved in recording annual grape harvests across Europe and around the world expect that the 2019 EU grape harvest will be between 156 and 160 million hectoliters – well below the previous year’s figure of more than 190 million hectoliters. The quality of wine is considered to be consistently good and in fact better than in 2018.

Sparkling winery Schloss Wachenheim AG has been involved in wine dealcoholization since the 1980s, when there was also a mini non-alcoholic and reduced-alcohol wine innovation boom.

Dealcoholization of wine

Non-alcoholic wines and related beverages based on dealcoholized wines, usually bottled in carbonated form, are an exciting new trend in the innovative beverages market.

Packaging alternatives to glass bottles have, to date, hardly played any role in the wine industry. Many consumers regard wine in glass bottles, especially in the form of the common 1.0- and 0.75-liter bottles, as a part of wine’s identity.

Glass bottles for wine… and the environment?

As a material, glass has been used for thousands of years. Its benefits were recognized early on, be it in the form of beverage or storage receptacles or even as glass panes for the first windows installed in Roman villas.