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Non-invasive molecular fingerprinting – know what’s in the bottle without taking the cork out.

VeriVin is an innovative startup developing a unique non-invasive wine analyser. A spectroscopic wine connoisseur. A molecular sommelier. Wine analysis and tasting reimagined.

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The Company

VeriVin has developed patented technology capable of non-invasively detecting the presence of certain molecular compounds, particularly those associated with wine faults, in unopened bottles of wine – through the glass, without the need to take the cork out. This technology could also apply to sparkling wine, fortified wine, and spirits.

In more general terms, VeriVin is working on the quantum-enhanced spectroscopic sensing of trace compounds in inaccessible complex liquids and the database of molecular ID tags that could be built as a result. This capability could have a truly disruptive impact on the wine industry and eventually be applicable in other fields.

The wine and spirits industry needs simple, rapid, and cost-effective techniques to objectively evaluate the composition and quality of wines and spirits. VeriVin’s technology allows for a screening tool which is not only simple and rapid, but is also non-invasive and can be used in-situ, without the need to extract a sample and send it to a lab.

This means that quantitative testing could be carried out on individual bottles before or after leaving the winery, or after long periods of ageing. VeriVin’s technology could easily be incorporated into a packaging line or it could be used as a stand-alone portable device.

VeriVin’s goal is to combine the art of physics and the science of wine to help winemakers, wholesalers, retailers, restauranteurs, and collectors demystify wine.

Dr. Cecilia Muldoon
DPhil (Oxon)

Cici is the founder and CEO of VeriVin. She is an experienced oenophile and physicist who is passionate about bringing together science and wine. She studied physics and finance at Princeton University, and holds a PhD in experimental Atomic and Laser Physics from Oxford University, where her PhD work focused on cold atom trapping and manipulation as a step towards the eventual implementation of a quantum computer. She is interested in the application of physics to new technologies, especially at the level where quantum effects start to play a role, and is fascinated by the molecular diversity of wine.

Our Technology & Applications

The principal application of VeriVin’s technology is in the detection of wine faults, but it could eventually also be used to obtain a full characterisation of a bottle of wine in order to monitor its progress over time, compare it to other bottles, or even verify its authenticity, all without the need to open the bottle or extract a sample.

How does it work?

In simplest terms, VeriVin’s device works by shining light into a bottle of wine and then detecting the outgoing scattered light. This scattered light contains faint “optical fingerprints” of the different molecules present in the wine. By processing this light and choosing an appropriate detection range, it is possible to look for the fingerprint of a given molecule and spot its presence in the wine. An appropriate choice of light source allows the incident light to pass through the glass practically unobstructed.

Wine Faults

Unfortunately, some of the molecules that can occasionally be found in a bottle of wine impart unpleasant olfactory and gustatory characteristics. These negative characteristics are known as wine flaws, and are most often due to poor winemaking practices and bad storage conditions… Read More

Cork Taint

Cork taint is a term used to describe wine faults associated with the presence of certain organohalogen compounds which lend wine an off-putting mouldy smell and taste. These are probably the most infamous of wine faults, and also the most controversial… Read More

Counterfeit Wine

VeriVin’s technology will also pave the way for the discrimination of counterfeit wine, in bottle, with no need to take the cork out. This would involve a multi-component analysis to screen for anomalies which could indicate that the wine is not what is stated on the label… Read More

Wine Characteristics

Wine is an incredibly complex substance whose production is an equally complex process influenced not only by nature, but also by viticultural and winemaking practices. It is estimated that wine is composed of up to one thousand molecules, which, in concert, give each wine… Read More

Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base, is an in depth resource of information on wine, wine science, spectroscopy, and a little bit of physics.

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Buxton Court
3 West Way
Oxford OX2 0JB

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