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New World Wine Maker

Focus on Chardonnay: part 1

On the 28th of February 2011 I visited Groot Constantia wine estate, South Africa, to investigate how winemaker Boela Gerber plans to make his 2011 Chardonnay – the 2006 version of this wine having ea…

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Different yeast rehydration procedures

You may have noticed on wine yeast packets and in the literature that there are mainly two different ways to rehydrate active dried wine yeast. The one procedure is a water only procedure and the othe…

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What do YOU base your choice of yeast on?

There are over 200 (or even more) yeast strains commercially available to winemakers. How do you choose which ones to use? It is interesting to note the differences in psychology of yeast choi…

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