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How Wine is Made

Wine is one of the most natural and simple food beverages on earth; one that will, literally, make itself. Yeast cells, one of the key components in the winemaking process, are naturally present on the outside of grape skins. Once the skins are broken, the yeasts convert the natural sugars in the fruit to alcohol and carbon dioxide gas, beginning the process of fermentation. Find out more on specific types of wines below.

Fermentation tanks at Castello di Volpaia

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