Vineland develops sophisticated Appassimento technology to meet winemaker’s needs and consumer preferences

Canadians love their wine – especially the reds. The volume of wine sold in Canada increased by 40 per cent between 2004 and 2013 with more than half of that imported reds.

Canada’s cool climate and short growing season mean it is difficult to consistently grow the high-quality grapes needed for premium red wines.

In 2011, Ontario’s Rennie Estate Winery and Kew Vineyards approached Vineland to develop a technology that would give them better control over the drying method.

Vineland researchers developed a novel technology for a forced-air grape drying process over which winemakers have much better control. It is flexible and can be adjusted according to different harvest conditions and winery requirements. The technology was tested in 2012 against all other drying methods by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, and came out on top.

*Published 2016

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