Controlling Fermentation Temperature in Red Wine

Wine Temperature

What happens in the first weeks of a wine's life can be the most impactful on the finished outcome. Red wines are skin fermented which gives them their color and much of their complexity. To obtain maximum extraction, a winemaker will typically ferment red wines much warmer than white wines. The general temperature window for a red wine fermentation is around 75°F to 89°F. A wine fermented closer to the low end of this spectrum will be lighter in color, bod