vi·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌvi-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vinification (audio) , ˌvī- \

Definition of vinification

: the conversion of fruit juices (such as grape juice) into wine by fermentation

Examples of vinification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Natural wines, with their additive-free vinification and minimal sulfur use, seem tailor-made for a vibrant food scene that shuns pesticides and additives. Nicholas Gill, New York Times, "Natural Wine Movement Finds a Lively Hub in Copenhagen," 9 Oct. 2017 Building off the savoir-faire of the family’s Château de Beaucastel (a prestigious Châteauneuf-du-pape wine), Jean-Pierre used similar vinification techniques to launch the brand La Vielle Ferme more than 40 years ago. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Meet the Vintners Behind Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Miraval Wine," 1 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of vinification

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vinification

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

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“Vinification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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