Grape Handling News

  • New table grape varieties on the way

    New Canadian fresh grape varieties will expand growers’ offerings and fill up shelf space with flavour profiles that meet market demand. The Consumer Insights team at Vineland is working to ensure the new varieties are exactly what consumers are looking for. In partnership with the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers, Vineland hosted a grower/ retailer open house to showcase new scouted ...

  • Rising heat brings earlier vintage

    Global warming has begun to change the conditions for a fine wine harvest. The grapes are blooming earlier in Burgundy. The vintners of Vaud in Switzerland have a new harvest timetable. And the conditions for fine claret have ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Purple limes and blood oranges could be next for Florida citrus

    University of Florida horticulture scientist Manjul Dutt is hoping to turn your next margarita on its head by making it a lovely lavender instead of passé pale green.  Dutt and Jude Grosser from the UF Citrus Research and Education Center are developing genetically engineered limes containing some similar genetic factors that are expressed in grape skin and blood orange pulp. ...

  • More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

    The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of the water supply, Leeds and the owners of his Frog's Leap Winery are among a minority - but a growing minority - of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pumping yeast in wineries with a peristaltic pump

    The process of fermentation Winemaking or vinification starts with the selection of grapes. After harvesting the grapes, they are taken to a winery for fermentation. Red grapes are made from the pulp fermented along with the skin, which gives it the real colour. Whereas white wine is made by fermenting the juice extracted from the grapes. Traditionally the grapes were collected in ...

  • First raisin grape that dries naturally on vine developed

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California have developed a new raisin grape that dries naturally on the vine, making it unnecessary for growers to cut into the woody “canes” connecting the grapes to the mother vine weeks before harvest. For mechanically harvested raisin grapes like Thompson Seedless, growers have to cut the canes each summer, usually about 2 weeks ...

  • Dosing yeast for wine fermentation with a verderflex pump

    In the process of wine making, yeast is used to convert the sugar contained within the grape juices into alcohol. At the end of this process the yeast is removed to avoid spoiling of the flavour of the wine and to leave it with a clear appearance. The process of wine fermentation The grapes need to be completely ripe. If this is not the case the flavour and the taste of the wine can ...

  • Packaging beliefs contested in ACP report

    A report examining some of the most common concerns about packaging has been published by the Government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). It challenges some widely held beliefs such as ‘bins are full of packaging’ and ‘packaging is increasing’ with statistics that show packaging makes up less than 3% of all UK solid waste. Packaging research organisation Incpen director Jane Bickerstaffe ...

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