Pump-overs What is a pump-over?

A pump-over, otherwise known as remontage, is the winemaking process of taking the juice from the bottom of the fermentation tank and pouring it over the must that collects at the top of the tank. During this stage of the winemaking process, the yeast has begun fermenting the grape juice thereby processing the natural sugars and turning them into alcohol with carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The carbon dioxide released during the process causes the must to float to the top.

Winemakers employ this technique to extract color and tannins, allowing the berries to remain whole and ensuring the grapes stay intact. We utilize pump-overs during the Boars’ View winemaking process as we feel that it helps to add structure and color to the wine that shows the site-specificity of the Boars’ View vineyard.