Wine

With an overarching market trend towards purchasing more expensive wines, it has never been more important for producers to keep consumer confidence high, through the assurance that the bottle’s content is consistent with its label declaration. The assurance of authenticity and integrity of the wines that are commercialized is vital to protect the brand of a wine company or retailer, and the reputation of wine regions or Appelations for wine growers and associations. As a premium product with significant annual variation, wine is susceptible to many types of adulteration. Cheaper wines, grape juice or water may be used to dilute more expensive products, wines from humble regions may be declared as coming from a more desirable area, and young wine may be falsely classified as an older, mature product.

The Wine-Profiling 4.0 method, which is under ISO17025 accreditation, helps wine associations, companies, as well as official and commercial laboratories to detect and prevent adulteration. The easy-to-operate, automated solution does not require NMR expertise and allows rapid verification of variety, origin and vintage of a wine sample at the touch of a button. The pragmatic solution opens up new potential for border control authorities, who must constantly stay one step ahead of the fraudsters.  The new release includes rosé wines from France, Spain and Germany. The method can also assign the region/appellation for red and white wines from France, Italy and Spain. Popular varietals, such as Pinot Noir and Tempranillo, are also covered by the expanded database, which contains now 26,000 samples.

A spokesperson from leading wine testing laboratory, la Estacion Enologica de Haro in the Rioja region of Spain, comments: “Bruker’s Wine-Profiling system has proven to be a very simple and fast analysis method. With less than 1 mL of sample and only 20 minutes of analysis time, we get a comprehensive report on each wine that is essential for its control and traceability”.

Gordon Burns, president of a major Californian wine testing laboratory, ETS Laboratories, commented: “Today’s global wine consumers demand more transparency than ever before. They want to trust the origin and integrity of what they buy, and their need for trust extends from the vineyard to point of sale throughout the supply chain. Meeting this growing demand will require a major change by the industry, and unimpeachable analytical evidence.

At ETS we know that verification creates trust, which can be built through validating the unique signature that can identify a wines’s  origin, variety, and chain of custody at each point in its journey, from vineyard to glass. The Gold Standard analytical tool based on Bruker’s NMR creates a complete verification solution based in the product itself – a wine’s unique digital signature.

We are building the database of U.S. wines by partnering with Bruker to complement the already existing databases for other regions. Now, as a wine travels through a global supply chain, its unique digital signature will travel with it. This will further assure  authenticity and identity while enhancing safety.

Features of Wine-Profiling 4.0:

  • Consistency check for:

          - Origin : country, region, appellation* (e.g. DO, AOC)
          - Grape variety of monovarietal wines
          - Vintage of white wines from the three previous years
          - Quality grade of Spanish red wine

  • Compositional analysis of wine
  • Detection of atypical samples compared to reference samples
  • Detection of addition of water

 

*An appellation is a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown.

Protect the reputation of the wine region and appellations name:

  • Attest compliance for export
  • Help in the buying process

        Peace of mind that the wine delivered:
            - is the same as tasted and purchased
            - is not adulterated

  • Protection of brands or « Chateaux »
  • Increase consumer trust, in guaranteeing the quality and conformity of the products distributed
  • Offer a traceability system combined with e.g. NFC tags
  • Official control, with Database support.

Further possible applications of wine fingerprint:

  • Monitoring of the vinification, ageing, storage, etc..
  • Monitoring of the qualiy