Consistency at speed with efficient wine analysis operations

Automated measurement of a wide range of parameters improves throughput and turnaround time while reducing costs in the laboratory


A cornerstone of wine business, accredited wine analysis has always been essential in helping winemakers to deliver consistently high-quality wine to a dynamic international market.


Besides indisputable reliability, the ability to turnaround tests quickly, safely and with minimal risk of human error are top of mind for busy laboratory professionals. In parallel, topical concerns such as minimising use of chemicals, disposal of waste and securing traceability of results can burden operational efficiency.


Fast multi-parameter analysis results delivered by automated analytical solutions help the busy wine laboratory to serve customers better and at low cost per sample. Up to 120 samples in one hour can be measured for virtually all the required parameters, including free and total sulphite analysis. Colour can also be measured in the same way and automation options allow operators to line-up batches of samples and move-on to other tasks.    

Speed, automation and consistency
improves service


Offering a low cost-per-sample, automated laboratory analysis provides a fast return of investment. Multiple analysis results from a single sample help to meet industry demands for increasingly detailed product information. Parameters include: Ethanol, sugars, organic acids, pH, colour, free and total SO2. Tests for all labelling requirements are completed within two minutes using only a small sample volume. The automation of tests reduces the risk of manual error while batch handling of up to 120 samples an hour ensures high throughput.



Improve service with automated analysis of sulphur dioxide

The development of automated analysis of sulphur dioxide has proven a major breakthrough in wine analysis. With the WineScan SO2 solution it is now possible to accurately analyse free and total sulphur dioxide in parallel with other parameters in just over two minutes. Turnaround time for results is dramatically improved and workload and risk of human error is reduced.

Using innovative technology, the WineScan SO2 provides robust and documented performance. In addition to routine analysis of sulphur dioxide, an increasing number of wine laboratories around the world have achieved accreditation of the use of the instrument as part of their laboratory services.  The instrument uses Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) for testing parameters such as Ethanol, pH, sugars, organic acids and many more. For SO2 analysis, phosphoric acid is used as a hydrolysing agent to release SO2 gas from the wine sample, that is subsequently scanned using FTIR.

How it works
Time-to-result compares favourably with around 15 minutes per test with existing routine methods or longer for laboratory reference methods. The system is also considerably more convenient, reducing manual work and associated risks of operator error. Results are delivered alongside the many other quality parameters provided by the WineScan analyser. This gives you a convenient on-screen comparison against parameters, such as pH and ethanol, of potential interest in combination with sulphur dioxide.

WineScan SO2 has been approved as a method for the official final analysis of wines in Germany. Further to this approval, positive results from a ring test by top German wine laboratories and a similar study by FOSS gives yet more indication of the reliability of the WineScan against standard methods. One main difference remains though. The WineScan is much faster.

Rapid free and total SO2 results

• Based on aeration-oxidation method reaction

• Analytical performance compared to OIV approved method

• Fully automated and integrated to WineScan™ measurement

• No contact with dangerous chemicals

• Lost cost analysis





Software saves time and improves traceability
of measurements


Networked wine analysis


Data storage and networking software facilities help to meet growing demands for the documentation of results.

Automatic recording of measurement activity provides lists of results for improved quality assurance routines and traceability The wealth of data helps laboratory customers to track trends in test results and to define strategy for the next vintage.

A relatively new development is the availability of networking software allowing remote monitoring and management of instruments from any location. This facility reduces the cost of running instruments especially when several units are involved. Read more

Performance, uptime and transparency of data


FOSS solutions draw on multiple technology disciplines including instrumentation, software and connectivity. Among the benefits of this complete solution approach is rock-solid and consistent high analytical performance of instruments, no matter where they are located and who is using them. Other advantages include transparency and traceability of results and unique levels of service and support.

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With you in your daily work


Our integrated and remotely controlled support and optimization services ensure maximum value from all your FOSS solution wherever you are in the world. Beyond on-site maintenance, our service engineers and application specialists are always with you online. The team monitors performance status and secures that your connected analytical operations run smoothly. Our preventive maintenance warrants up-time and quality of data - day after day. Read more

Discuss how automated wine analysis can improve service while reducing cost per sample

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