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

Examples of vinification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, 30% was at the agricultural stage; 7% originated from winery processes, including electricity consumption during vinifications, and 1% was at distribution (to local customers in Argentina). Erica Duecy, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 After all the vinification process guided by Berrouet and after the malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats, our team joins Jean-Claude and Jeff to make the assemblage using different proportions of the different terroirs that have been vinified separately. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2022 What are the challenges to creating something that’s evocative of the real thing, including any differences in viticulture, vinification plus the removal of alcohol? Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Per the appellation rules for the region, they must be made from the same grapes stipulated for sparkling—that’s largely Chardonnay and Pinots Meunier and Noir—but undergo just one vinification rather than the two-step process that defines Champagne. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 2 Oct. 2021 True to its roots and the example set by Bettino Ricasoli, the winery has a long record of meticulous research for cataloging its soils and improving its clonal stock and vinification procedures. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 The lots are differentiated not only by the plots from which the grapes were harvested, but also varied vinification methods. Dallas News, 1 Nov. 2022 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

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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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“Vinification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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