Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are eliminating that sinking feeling that comes with running out of wine by creating micro wineries that never run out. The device, invented by Professor Daniel Attinger, produces wine constantly at a rate of 1 milliliter per hour. Though somewhat limited in output, Attinger's micro wineries nonetheless produce wine at a far faster rate than traditional wineries.
The micro wineries are currently used to test the quality of traditional wineries' fermentation process. Climate change is affecting the quality of vineyard grapes, such that historic producers are having trouble adapting. Micro wineries can aid in assessing the differences between current grapes and those from years past.
The micro wineries may eventually be adapted for home use. Currently, though, the wine produced is "not as good as normal wine," according to Phillippe Renaud, another of the EPFL researchers.
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