Wine Basics

Although wine making, like beer manufacture, involves an alcoholic fermentation, the similarities, for the most part, end there. The wine fermentation requires different yeasts and substrates and yields distinctly different products. And whereas beer is best consumed fresh, most wines improve markedly during an aging period that can last for many years. Finally, although most wines, like most beers, start with relatively inexpensive raw materials, the quality of premium wines depends, more so than any other fermented product, on the quality of the raw material used in their manufacture.

Table 10.1. Global production and consumption of winea.


Acreage (acres X 103)

Production (L X 106)

Consumption (L X 106)


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