What Is The Difference Between Non-Alcoholic Wine & Grape Juice?
With more people becoming health conscious and wary of their calorie intake, many have begun to cut down on their drinking habits. However, it is often difficult to do so, especially if you are a regular wine drinker. Then people discovered non-alcoholic wines. All over the world, mainly in countries like the UK and Australia, non-alcoholic beverages can be found almost everywhere and are insanely popular. What about Singapore?
Only a small percentage of Singaporeans are familiar with non-alcoholic wine as this trend is still relatively new. One of the first questions that pop into the mind of consumers is, “Is non-alcoholic wine and grape juice the same thing?”. We’re here to help you clear all your doubts.
The single greatest difference between the two beverages is their production. Making non-alcoholic wine is not very different from regular wine, and begins similarly to grape juice. Firstly, grapes are harvested and the moment they are picked, it determines the acidity, sweetness and flavour of the wine. Once the grapes are harvested, they are taken to the winery for processing, where the rotten and under-ripe grapes are discarded.
The grapes are then destemmed and crushed, leaving a nice, freshly-squeezed liquid of grape juice. This point is also when the difference between non-alcoholic wine and grape juice begins. Grape juice is checked and finalized by adding in any other necessary ingredients, such as added sugar and is bottled. For non-alcoholic wine, the liquid is put through the fermentation process.
During fermentation, the sugar in the liquid is converted into alcohol. Most winemakers add commercial yeast during this process to ensure consistency. Once this process is complete, the liquid is aged just like any other wine. Ageing can be done in bottles to stainless steel tanks to oak barrels. This process intensifies the flavours of the wine, and can even influence the quality and overall taste.
At this stage, a regular wine has been produced. It is then put through the dealcoholization process, where the alcohol is removed. The products in our Elivo Zero Zero Deluxe Range undergo a pressure system at a low temperature, where high pressure and a temperature of 30°C are combined in order to vaporise and remove the ethanol. The rest of the wine remains in liquid state, without the alcohol. Subsequently, the non-alcoholic wines are then bottled and sent out, so consumers like us can enjoy them.
Because non-alcoholic wine goes through the same process as regular wine, it’s less sugary than grape juice, but still has the same great flavour profile of wine with alcohol. It is a great alternative for not just those who are looking to cut down on their alcohol intake, but also for pregnant women, drivers, athletes and even Muslims who want to experience the lush world of wine-tasting.