A year in the vineyard: June

Wine harvesting
After harvesting the fruit, winemakers use additives to adjust the taste of their juice

What really goes into a bottle of wine? Many wines contain more than just the latest grape harvest, says Jonathan Hesford

I have seen a number of articles in the press and on social media about additives in wine and how producers should declare everything that has been used.

While wine is a pretty natural product made just from the fermentation of grapes, there are various things that are added to wines to improve them, alter them or make them more stable.

Many of those additives do not end up in the bottle but are used in the process, usually to remove something else. So let’s look at what might have been added.

First of all we have sulphites. I have written about these in the past. Essentially potassium metabisulphite is dissolved in water to create ...

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