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Minnesota Grape Growers Association Enology Best Practices Outline

 

Mission: 

To provide winemakers and winery owners using cold hardy grapes information, techniques and best winemaking practices for making highest quality wines from cold hardy grapes for maximum economic gain and best quality wines on the market.

 

Goals:

1. Provide information on best practices to use in specific areas of wine production, from harvest to bottling.

2. Develop a catalog of winemaking techniques which produce highest quality wines from cold hardy grapes.

 

Steps:


Goal 1:  Provide information on best practices to use in specific areas of wine production, from harvest to bottling.

a.      Pre-harvest checklists; Developing relationships with grape growers; Contracts.

b.      Harvest timing; Fruit Sampling; Primary and secondary fermentation management.

c.      Post harvest; Using barrels and oak additives; Oxygen management and SO2 use.

d.      Laboratory analysis and testing; Bench trial setup; Sensory evaluation.

e.      Fining; Filtering; Wine Stability.

f.       Bottling.

g.      Winery equipment choices; Winery sanitation.

 

Goal 2: Develop a catalog of winemaking techniques which produce highest quality wines from cold hardy grapes.

a.       Grape variety selection for different styles of wine.

b.       Fruit handling; Yeast selection; Harvest considerations.

c.       Options for acid reduction.

d.       Post-harvest considerations; Aging; Barrel and oak choices.    

e.       Specialty and dessert wines; Ciders; Non-grape wines.

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