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Plexiglass barrel head- photo from Tonnellerie Berthomieu

Introduction

Range & Sizes

TONNELLERIE BERTHOMIEU & ERMITAGE

VINIFICATION INTEGRALE® : TURN YOUR BARRELS INTO A RED FERMENTER!

BERTHOMIEU now offers Vinification Integrale® method and accessories, an exclusive process to vinify wines.

Vinification intégrale accessories
 


SUGGESTED USE

1- Filling the Barrels with harvested grapes

The barrel should be filled to around 85 % of its volume. For example, 340 L of must should be placed in a 400 L barrel. The best results are seen when the harvested grapes are destemmed, but crushing remains optional.

If a cold maceration is desired before fermentation, dry ice may be added to the must progressively, or our optional thermal exchanger may be employed..

 

2- The alcoholic fermentation

Once the alcoholic fermentation has started, the temperature should rise naturally to 25-26C for a 225 L barrel and to 28-29C for a 400 L barrel. Nevertheless, it is possible to use our electrical heating kits to reach the desired temperatures and allow better temperature control.


3- End of the alcoholic fermentation - Post fermentation maceration


4- Racking, MLF, ageing


Eco kit for Vinification integrale - photo from Tonnellerie Berthomieu