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The principal application of VeriVin’s technology is in quality control, but it could also be used to characterise 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.

Non-invasive characterisation, fault testing, monitoring and authentication leading to a powerful database of molecular ID tags that will revolutionise the wine and sprits industry.

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 using techniques from the field of quantum optics, 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 and sophisticated adaptive optics allows the incident light to pass through the glass practically unobstructed.

To find out about our Innovate UK Quantum Technologies goverment grant click here.

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

Innovate UK Quantum Technologies Grant

We are delighted to announce that we have been offered a substantial quantum technologies government grant for a collaborative research project with the University of Oxford.

The aim of this project is to explore the use of Quantum-Enhanced Sensing Techniques to investigate the chemical decomposition of complex liquids in sealed containers. This will allow for the quality control and characterisation of liquid substances in a large variety of applications, ranging from testing and monitoring the production and long-term storage of beverages, to the analysis of liquids in health-care, chemicals and defence. You can read more about it on the Department of Physics webpage as well as in this press release.

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