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Is racking a necessary part of the wine production process?


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J Welch from Premier Tech Chronos

I have not seen this step skipped, however we have helped companies automate the process.

May 19, 2015

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Kinnek Knowledge Team

Although "necessary" may be an overstatement, racking is typically an important part of the winemaking process that is universally used for commercial wine, as there is almost always at least a small amount of lees that needs to be removed.

Racking is performed prior to aging, and can be done several times to ensure that all of the yeast and byproducts are removed. This will result in a clearer wine with fewer taste imperfections. Even wines that are purposely aged with a small amount of lees, like some types of white wines, are typically racked in order to control the quality of the final product.

Is there anyone out there producing wine who chooses to skip this step? We're curious as to why and would love to hear from you!

Dec 5, 2013

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