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

Definition of vinify

transitive verb

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

Examples of vinify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Drink your colors. Orange wines make it easy.," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead growers sold grapes to the local co-operative, which would vinify them and sell them on to large brands. Fortune, "Wine Drinkers Should Pay More Attention to This Lesser-Known Spot in Burgundy," 10 Aug. 2019 Her other important role is as the liaison between the vineyard and the winemakers who vinify its fruit. Esther Mobley,, "Meet Brenae Royal, the young, black female farmer behind one of Sonoma’s most important vineyards," 9 Aug. 2019 That limited supply of grapes means that these wineries primarily vinify in small lots. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Community of small growers emerges on Cupertino’s Montebello Road," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vinify

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vinify

probably back-formation from vinification

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“Vinify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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