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How Is Wine Dealcoholized Without Losing it's Flavour?

With people becoming more health conscious and looking for alternative ways to enjoy the things they love, alcohol-free wines have become increasingly popular. But what are alcohol-free wines? Are they just fruit juices marketed as wine or something more? Let’s take a look at how true alcohol-free wines go through the complete vinification process before being dealcoholized.

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Vacuum Distillation

The most popular method for dealcoholizing wine is through a vacuum distillation process. This allows for a true-to-taste wine without any of the alcohol content. 🥂

What is Vacuum Distillation?

Vacuum distillation is a process by which alcohol and other impurities are removed from alcoholic beverages such as wine or spirits. During this process, the entire vinified wine is heated to around 35 degrees Celsius. This allows for the alcohol to evaporate without cooking or altering the taste of the wine. By removing these impurities from wine before bottling, producers are able to ensure that consumers are getting an authentic tasting product.

⁠How Vacuum Distillation Works

The process for vacuum distilling begins with heating up the entire vinified liquid until it reaches a temperature of around 35 degrees Celsius. As it heats up, a vacuum system sucks off any vapors that escape while keeping temperatures low enough so as not to cook or alter the taste of the wine. This vaporized alcohol then passes through a condenser where it cools down again and turns back into liquid form before being collected in a separate container for disposal or further processing if desired. After all of this has been completed, what is left behind is an entirely de-alcoholized version of what was previously an alcoholic beverage – in this case, wine!

Benefits Of De-Alcoholizing Wine Through Vacuum Distillation

De-alcoholizing wine using vacuum distillation offers many benefits over other methods such as reverse osmosis or centrifugal separation. Firstly, this method preserves more flavor and aroma compounds than other methods due to its low temperature requirement during processing; thus producing a more true-to-taste version of the original product without sacrificing quality or flavor in any way. Additionally, since no additives are required during this process, de-alcoholized wines produced via vacuum distilling are free from preservatives or chemicals that could potentially affect their flavor profile - making them ideal for those looking for an all natural way to enjoy their favorite wines without worrying about their health!

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Reverse Osmosis

The second, less popular method, is through reverse osmosis. This method has been proven successful but is not as popular due to its environmental unfriendliness caused by excessive water use and ethanol that is too weak to be repurposed.

This ingenious process that filters out the aroma compounds and phenolics before the alcohol is removed by distillation. Afterward, the remaining water is added back into the filtered out wine concentrate. This process can take up to 2-4 passes to completely remove alcohol in wine – and it’s not cheap either! But what exactly is reverse osmosis and why is it important for wine drinkers? Let’s dive a little deeper.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a type of filtration that removes contaminants from liquids or gas using a membrane. For example, RO can be used to filter out harmful bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and other impurities from water. In this case, we’re talking about applying RO to wine production. When applied to winemaking, RO filters out all the components in wine that contribute to its flavor, aroma, and body such as polyphenols, tannins and glycerol.

How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

The entire process begins with pre-filtering the incoming liquid until all particles larger than 1 micron are removed. Afterwards, high pressure pumps push both clean water and the processed liquid through membranes that are designed to allow only water molecules through while blocking everything else from passing through. The process continues until all desired components have been filtered out leaving behind a concentrated solution containing only trace amounts of alcohol (usually around 0.2%). Once the desired amount of alcohol has been removed from the concentrate solution it will be re-blended with pure distilled water (the same water used during pre-filtration) in order to bring it back up to its original concentration.

The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis for Winemakers

One of the main benefits of reverse osmosis for winemakers is that it allows them to create unique products with specific flavor profiles by selectively removing certain compounds from their wines without actually having to alter them chemically or physically. This also allows winemakers more control over their finished product as they can manipulate their wines at any stage in production without compromising quality or taste. Additionally, since reverse osmosis removes unwanted compounds before fermentation takes place there is less need for fining agents which can help reduce costs and time spent on labor intensive processes like clarifying wines post fermentation. Finally, since no heat or chemicals are used during RO processing there are no off flavors or aromas introduced into the final product making it ideal for producing premium grade wines without any unwanted flavors or aromas being added into them during production.


Although both methods are successful in removing all traces of alcohol from the wine, there are some differences between them in terms of flavor and aroma profiles that can affect your overall drinking experience. For example, with vacuum distillation, the flavor profile remains intact while with reverse osmosis it can slightly change due to aromas being removed during filtration. It’s important to do research on which method is better suited for you if you’re considering drinking an alcohol-free wine.

Vacuum distillation provides a great option for those looking for an easy way to dealcoholize their favorite wines without sacrificing flavor or quality in any way. With its low temperature requirements and ability to preserve more flavor compounds than other methods such as reverse osmosis or centrifugal separation – it’s no wonder why this method has become so popular among both winemakers and consumers alike! So next time you’re looking to enjoy your favorite wines but don’t necessarily want all the added effects associated with drinking alcoholic beverages – consider trying out one of these de-alcoholized varieties produced through vacuum distilling! 

 

THOMSON & SCOTT NOUGHTY

ORGANIC SPARKLING CHARDONNAY ALCOHOL-FREE

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A delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic champagne that is perfect for celebrations and special occasions. With a rich flavor and low sugar content, this organic vegan wine is perfect for those looking for an alcohol-free celebration. 

Alcohol: 0.0%

Certifications: organic, vegan and halal

Vineyards: Sandy and calcareous vineyards located in southern Spain.

Winemaking: Traditional winemaking in stainless steel vats for a further de-alcoholisation by vacuum distillation with aroma recovery. The bottle is then lightly carbonated.

Tasting Notes: Elegant pale colour with a crisp and ripe apple scent accompanied by a touch of sweetness.

Pairing: Great alternative to wine for aperitif and party nibbles, as well as with all manner of cuisine for those who choose not to drink alcohol.

 

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ORGANIC SPARKLING ROSÉ ALCOHOL-FREE

 

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Celebrate in style with this rich, flavourful non-alcoholic sparkling Noughty Rosé from VE Refinery. Noughty Rosé is dealcoholised to retain the delicious taste, making it perfect for any celebration. With 4g of sugar per 100ml and just 18 calories per glass, it's the perfect way to celebrate!

Alcohol: 0.0%

Certifications: organic, vegan and halal

Vineyards: Sandy and calcareous vineyards located in southern Spain.

Winemaking: Traditional winemaking in stainless steel vats for a further de-alcoholisation by vacuum distillation with aroma recovery. The bottle is then lightly carbonated.

Tasing Notes: Beautiful classic rosé in colour with a scent of freshly picked berries. The balance between sweetness and acidity is in perfect harmony.

Pairing: Noughty Rosé is a celebration in itself and really sings with salted and spicy nibbles as well as complementing Asian food

and a wide variety of dishes for those choosing something elegant without alcohol.

 

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ALCOHOL-FREE ROUGE

 

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Noughty Rouge has been dealcoholized to less than 0.5% ABV and yet retains the rich flavour of this beautifully crafted bottle. With just 14 calories per glass and only 2.5g of sugar per 100ml, Noughty Rouge non-alcoholic red wine is the perfect alternative to your usual alcoholic red

Vintage: Non-Vintage

Varietal: 100% Syrah

Vineyards: Produced with Syrah grapes from dryland farmed vineyards in Darling, South Africa. The grapes are grown in strategically selected sites, which get the warm sunny and cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean.  Deep soils from decomposed granite and rich clay help to provide good drainage.

Winemaking: Dealcoholized to 0.5% ABV using a gently spun cone technology under vacuum and at low temperature to ensure that the wine retains its distinctive body, colour and flavour.

Tasting Notes: Noughty Rouge is a deliciously well-balanced red wine that is deep ruby red in colour with hints of ripe red fruit, crushed black pepper, dried rose petal and candied cherries integrated with French oak tannins.

Pairing: Great alternative to any elegant alcoholic red wine to be paired accordingly.

 

If you're looking for an alternative to alcoholic beverages but don't want to miss out on all that delicious flavor and aroma, then make sure to do your research before buying any non-alcoholic wines! By reading up on each brand's production methods and ingredients list carefully, you can ensure that you're getting a product that has been made using more advanced techniques, which will help preserve more of those delicate aromas during processing. With a bit of effort, you can find yourself enjoying delicious non-alcoholic wine without sacrificing any flavor or aroma!

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