Wine Authenticity

  • Fera strives to support the needs of the global wine industry from vineyard to wine glass. Accurate and reliable testing solutions to ensure quality in every glass from soil health, disease management to detection and testing including proficiency tests.
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Wine Authenticity

In the UK, wine consumption continues to grow year on year, as high quality products are sold at ever improving value to the consumer in a competitive and saturated market. This can put producers under pressure to create products at a lower price point - leading to underhand cost saving methods being used. This has a negative effect on quality of produce, through tactics such as chaptalisation, the addition of artificial colorants or acid additions.

Analytical chemistry is an essential part of the winemaking process, ensuring not only the safety of the final product, but also the quality. Understanding the fundamental aspects of grape and wine production has become increasingly important in winemaking, helping to closely monitor the process and create the best quality wines. Fera offers a wide range of analysis which means winemakers can measure the acidity, sugars, sulphites and metals, as well as levels of potassium, glycerol and ethanol during the winemaking process including proficiency testing, promoting excellence in every glass.

Fera has also been an active partner in the collaborative EU 'VitiSmart' project which is a 3 years project with interdisciplinary research activities, structured with a well-balanced division between research and innovation, basic and applied research, field data collection and demonstration, socioeconomic, technology transfer and dissemination actions, as well as management. It will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals by integrating economic, social and environmental dimensions and addressing mutually food security and climate challenges.

The project is composed of 3 main themes:

  • 1) Sustainably increasing agricultural quality, productivity and incomes;
  • 2) Adapting and building resilience to climate change; and
  • 3) Reducing chemical inputs while maintaining quality using biocontrol methods.
  • The project aims to produce, at the end of the project, a resilient viticultural system able to speedily recover from biotic and abiotic stresses. This will be achieved by combining resilient cultivars with beneficial microorganisms to acquire a natural-crosstolerance while maintaining yield.


    During the past 100 years, average global temperatures have risen approximately by 0.8 °C, with an increase in the variance of temperature and precipitation. Furthermore, average global temperatures are projected to rise by 3-5 °C by 2100. A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events.

    Global weather- and climate-related disaster losses reported over the last few decades reflect mainly monetized direct damages to assets. Climate change (CC) will affect the ecosystem processes such as primary production, and the distribution and abundance of plant species. Climate change will also alter the plant diseases since the rate at which pathogens evolve and overcome host resistance may increase. Because abiotic factors such as temperature affect host susceptibility to pathogens and pathogen aggressiveness, interactions between plant resistance traits and abiotic stress tolerance may represent the most substantial impact of climate change on plant productivity.


    With the food industry increasingly subject to scrutiny, testing to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and supporting traceability is a must. As a leading provider of analysis and testing services to the global food and agricultural industries, we are constantly improving our methods and innovating in new ways in order to achieve a safer, higher quality, more sustainable and traceable food and beverage supply chain.


    Wine Authenticity Analysis
    • We offer 10 Wine Authenticity Tests to ensure the quality of your wine
    • Food Contact Materials Analysis - know the packaging you are using is safe
    • New Wine Proficiency Tests that report on over 60 analytes
    • Improving Disease Management with Airborne Spore Traps to detect powdery mildew & more


    HorizonScan monitors commodity safety and integrity issues worldwide, collecting data daily from more than 100 food safety agencies and other reliable sources, delivering timely alerts on emerging food safety issues. It can help you to meet all consumer and regulatory demands for transparency and accountability across the ingredient supply chain, by identifying potential food safety threats before they become a problem.

    You can use HorizonScan pro-actively to monitor food supply chain issues, from fraud and authenticity concerns, to pesticide or veterinary drug residues, environmental and other contaminants, microbiological problems, allergens and more.


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