THE DEALCOHOLIZATION PROCESS
In a society that is becoming increasingly conscious about alcohol consumption, non-alcoholic wines are intended for the drinker who appreciates all the flavour and complexity of wine, but wants something less intrusive and mind altering. Is non-alcoholic wine, wine? Of course! Does non-alcoholic wine taste like wine? YES!! It really does, as long as you separate yourself from what you think it “should” taste like. What I mean is, don’t expect it to taste like wine with alcohol.
It is time to expand our minds and our palates!
Beverages containing alcohol such as wine provide a more dry, stinging effect on our taste buds. When the alcohol is removed, we are left with a gentler, sweeter effect. “Dealcoholized” wine in particular, is made the traditional way but then the extraction of alcohol takes place. There are a few methods available. The method known as "Vacuum Distillation" is a gentle extraction process which allows the wine to keep its flavour and aromatic components. Teetotaler Wines uses this method!
Besides the absence of alcohol, non-alcoholic wines do not contain fat and have less than half the calories of traditional wine. This could be translated into approximately 22 calories per glass as compared to the 100 calories on average of wines with alcohol.
As someone who used to drink beverages containing alcohol, but can no longer indulge, having the option to enjoy a glass of wine with my food is something I have been yearning for! It was the only aspect of drinking that I had missed. I cannot tell you how excited I was when I tried my first sip of non-alcoholic wine and discovered that I too, can enjoy a delicious, mature. complex flavored beverage with my dinner!
Is non-alcoholic wine actually good? Yes, it truly is!
The Making of Teetotaler Wines
The Teetotaler Wines line are the result of many trials and adjustments. The flavours, bouquet, and textures are very similar to the original wine, except for the absence of alcohol. The making of non-alcoholic wines such as Teetotaler Wines begins with the traditional wine making method. The grapes are fermented in both French and American oak barrels. Once fermented, wine with an alcoholic content of 10% to 12% vol is dealcoholized under vacuum at low temperature. The continuous process which takes place at about 26°C is completed within 10 minutes. The alcohol is concentrated to about 75% vol and the dealcoholized wine has strength of 0.0%.
While the alcohol is being removed, the flavours of the wine are extracted as well and are collected separately from the alcohol. These flavours are added back to the dealcoholized wine, which also increases the alcoholic content to about 0.1% vol. The dealcoholized wine is then filtered and stabilized, which brings it back down to 0.0%. Before bottling the wines, the sugar content is adjusted to about 35grams per litre, using saccharose or rectified grape must concentrate.
The Bottling Process
The bottling process, which is extremely important, ensures no further fermentation nor bacteria occurs. The cold sterilization process is used, which requires special technology and treatments.
bottling line is installed in a “clean room” with sterile air overpressure inside
only new glass bottles are used
bottles are sterilized with sulphur dioxide
special CIP routines and steam sterilization of the filler
special closure sterilization
2 filter systems with pressure testing
The bottles are then closed with metallic or plastic caps to avoid any contact with the air to prevent any fermentation. This way the wine stays at a 0.0% vol.