Chr. Hansen receives innovation award from US wine industry

Chr. Hansen receives innovation award from US wine industry
Press Release | Mar 14. 2016 10:55 GMT

We are proud to announce the reception of an Innovation + Quality Award for our Viniflora® CONCERTO™, a specialty yeast to kick-start the alcoholic fermentation

The award was handed out at the 2016 edition of Innovation + Quality (IQ) held in Napa Valley, California; an annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality.

“We are proud to be receiving this accolade from an organization of the top high end wine producers in the US, which is an important market for us.

Award candidates were hand selected solely on criteria of innovation that lends itself to high-quality, ultra-premium winemaking, focusing on products that they believe are the best of the best. This honor will undoubtedly strengthen our market position and image as a reliable and innovative partner to the global wine industry,” says Dr Hentie Swiegers, Head of Chr. Hansen’s Wine Innovation department.

In photo: Chr. Hansen’s Hentie Swiegers (right) with Peter Mondavi Jr, a renowned wine maker and head of the Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Napa Valley Winery. Peter, on the advisory board for the IQ Award, was impressed that our award winning yeast, Concerto™, had the ability to produce lactic acid from sugars and thereby help reduce alcohol levels naturally.


A microbial solution to defeat global warming impact on wines

The award winning product Viniflora® CONCERTO™ was launched a few years ago and is a natural alternative to push away uniformity and bring complexity to the wine.

The special strain of yeast partially converts the sugars present in the must into lactic acid, which increases the acidity in the wine and moderately reduces the alcohol/ethanol level. This meets increasing consumer demand for rounder, easier-to-drink wines with lower alcohol by volume (ABV), centered around 12-13%.

It also offsets the impact that increasing temperatures have on the grapes, causing dull, low acid, high alcohol and qualitatively less drinkable wine. Concerto™ is a natural weapon to give freshness and balance to heavy powerful wines from warm climate regions such as California, Australia and the Mediterranean countries.

In North America Viniflora® Concerto™ is available exclusively at Gusmer Enterprises Inc. who also markets other Chr. Hansen strongholds in the Viniflora® portfolio of yeasts and bacteria for winemaking.

Only in 2014 Chr. Hansen received a Frost & Sullivan “Global Award for New Product Innovation Leadership” for its proven track record in pioneering innovation for the wine industry and ensuring consumers high quality, safe and diverse wines.


Chr. Hansen is a global, differentiated bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. At Chr. Hansen we are uniquely positioned to drive positive change through microbial solutions. We have worked for over 145 years to enable sustainable agriculture, cleaner labels and healthier living for more people around the world. Our microbial and fermentation technology platforms, including our broad and relevant collection of around 40,000 microbial strains, have game-changing potential. Matching customer needs and global trends we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria to respond to global challenges such as food waste, global health and the overuse of antibiotics and pesticides. As the world’s most sustainable biotech company, we touch the lives of more than 1 billion people every day. Driven by our legacy of innovation and curiosity to pioneer science, our purpose – To grow a better world. Naturally. – is at the heart of everything we do.

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