Wine is one of the most sold forms of alcohol on this planet. There are thousands of brands out there that sell wine in all sorts of flavors and price ranges.
However, despite it’s popularity, wine has not really seen any great strides in innovation over the years. While the equipment for manufacturing it may have developed, the process itself is still as ancient as wine itself.
Currently wine is produced by fermenting grapes with the help of yeast. This process takes almost two to three weeks to complete, which is a great amount of time if you’re just experimenting with various flavors.
Now, researchers from Iowa State University want to revolutionize this process with the introduction of the micro winery, a device capable of producing an endless supply of wine.
What makes this device special is the fact that it distributes yeast through a thin membrane perforated with nanopores, which helps regular the fermentation process in a way that lets grapes be turned into wine within an hour.
This is certainly a huge improvement over the current process, and a nice alternative for manufacturers to test out new flavors without spending a lot of time and money.
While the amount of wine produced is certainly not enough to completely replace traditional wine making plants, however, with further development it could still become a nice way for people to enjoy homemade wine, without a lot of hassle.
The development and testing is being done in collaboration with the EPFL Research Institute, and we will make sure to keep you updated on any progress.