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Organic wine, anybody?

Organic wines are made from grapes grown without the use of actificial (chemical) fertilisers, pesticides, weedicides and herbicides

Alok Chandra 

Alok Chandra

Most readers would by now be aware how wine grapes are grown and wine is made: the vitis vinifera vine normally produces grapes once a year and is grown either as a free-standing bush or (more commonly) on trellises. The grapes are harvested in early autumn (early spring in India) and crushed to release the juice.

The sugar in the juice is converted into alcohol through fermentation, using yeast as a catalyst, and the resulting wine (with alcohol ranging from 9 per cent to 15 per cent) clarified through racking and filtration before bottling. The whole process takes two to six months, with ...

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First Published: Sat, July 23 2016. 00:05 IST