The wine spirit


The wine spirit is, by definition, a spirit beverage produced exclusively by the distillation of wine, fortified wine, or by the re-distillation of a wine distillate at less than 86 % vol. It is, therefore, a product derived from wine. In accordance with European regulations (Regulation UE Nº 787/2019) are mandatory requirements:

  • A level of volatile substances equal to or exceeding 125 g/hl of 100% vol. alcohol;
  • Maximum methanol content of 200 g/hl of 100% vol. alcohol;
  • Minimum alcoholic strength of 37.5% vol.;
  • Only contain caramel as a means to adapt colour;
  • Not be added with alcohol;
  • Not be flavoured, not excluding traditional production methods.

Is it possible to obtain a quality wine spirit from any wine?

The idea that a quality wine spirit can result from the distillation of wine inappropriate for consumption (e.g. affected by acetification) is totally incorrect. The raw material - wine - for the production of wine spirit must be produced for this purpose meeting certain quality criteria.  


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Wine spirit production technology


Following to winemaking, the production process for wine spirit includes the distillation of wine as a core operation.

The distillation may be continuous, carried out in a distillation column (a), or batch, carried out in an alembic (b).

The obtained distillate is usually subjected to a more or less prolonged ageing process.

The aged wine spirit is then submitted to so-called finishing operations:

  • Blending;
  • Dilution with demineralized water, to adjust its alcoholic content to the value defined for the trade in each Designation of Origin;
  • Filtration;

Finally it is bottled.











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