IS THERE WINE
WITHOUT ALCOHOL?

NO, BECAUSE

WINE consists of ALCOHOL,
acids, sugar, colouring agents,
flavours and fragrances

The alcohol % depends on:
1. The amount of sugar in a grape.
2. What the winemaker does during vinification.

THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR
IN A GRAPE:

The more sugar, the higher

the alcohol content can be.

WHAT THE WINEMAKER DOES DURING VINIFICATION

The winemaker can allow all the sugar to ferment. Then you get a dry wine.

The amount of alcohol that arises depends on the amount of sugar in the grape.

The alcoholcontent of most dry wines is between 10 and 14.5%.

The winemaker can stop fermentation. For example, by cooling the fermenting mass

so that it becomes too cold for the yeasts to work. Then a (semi) sweet

wine is created with 7 à 9% alcohol for example. This wine tastes sweet,

because it contains unfermented sugar.



The winemaker can add so much alcohol that the fermenting mass, at stroke,

contains 18 to 20% alcohol. Then fermentation stops because yeast cells no longer work

at an alcohol percentage higher dan 15%. This is called a fortified wine.



The winemaker can remove alcohol from the wine using special techniques, such as vacuum distillation; then you get alcohol-free wine, with an alcohol percentage of 0.5. Wine is therefore never alcohol-free.