vi·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌvi-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vinification (audio)
: the conversion of fruit juices (such as grape juice) into wine by fermentation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This 85/10/5 blend of Pinot Bianco/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc is called a ‘rarity’ because a different than usual vinification technique was used. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The oxygen will permit acetobacter - acetic acid bacteria – to form acetic acid during the vinification. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 After separate vinification of parcels, this wine (named after a 5th century monk) is aged five months in steel. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The vinification is similar to the Serralunga, with cold-soak and extensive extraction. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Their daughter Chloé joined the family business in 2014 and serves as general manager, overseeing the winery as well as direct-to-customer sales while also being involved in the vinification process. Rachel King, Fortune, 3 July 2021 But this isn’t about fruit; the appeal here is the intriguing layering effect of the unique vinification. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 Grapes that are vinified as whole clusters are not destemmed or crushed prior to vinification. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Legeron, a Master of Wine, emphasizes the importance of patience in the process; natural vinification is ultimately about trusting healthy grapes to do their thing. Keelan Higgins, Bon Appétit, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


French, from vin wine + -i- + -fication

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinification was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Vinification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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