vin·​i·​fy ˈvi-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce vinify (audio) ˈvī- How to pronounce vinify (audio)
vinified; vinifying

transitive verb

: to make wine from (grapes often of a specified kind)
: to make (wine) from grapes

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some vinify whole clusters of grapes, stems included, resulting in paler wines with a spicy, herbal quality, great purity and transparency. New York Times, 16 June 2022 In Tyrnavos, Greece, in the shadow of Mount Olympus, Stergios Papras takes the native grape roditis, grown by his brother and son, and vinifies it into a tangy, distinctive pour. Ellen Bhang,, 27 Aug. 2019 Instead growers sold grapes to the local co-operative, which would vinify them and sell them on to large brands. Fortune, 10 Aug. 2019 Her other important role is as the liaison between the vineyard and the winemakers who vinify its fruit. Esther Mobley,, 9 Aug. 2019 That limited supply of grapes means that these wineries primarily vinify in small lots. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2018

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Word History


probably back-formation from vinification

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinify was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Vinify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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