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Spriten

Term (also spritzing) for the addition of mostly pure alcohol to grape must or wine. The term is derived from Sprit (spirit) or Esprit (French spirit). However, the term spriten is not defined in wine law; the relevant legal texts always refer to the "addition of alcohol". This form of winemaking has an old tradition mainly in southern countries such as Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Spain and was used in the past mainly to make the wine more durable, especially for long voyages by ship. This is why it is also called fortification. If this is done during fermentation, it is stopped prematurely and a correspondingly high proportion of residual sugar remains, which is the main reason today. In contrast to this is the enrichment of grape must with sugar in an appropriate form with the aim of increasing the alcohol yield or increasing the alcohol content. The addition of alcohol can take place at different times:

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