Enhanced red wine aging process You are here Press, settle and rack wine Macro aeration during primary fermentation Using oak during enhanced fermentation Enhanced red fermentation process Typical process during red fermentation
Typical red wine aging process

The diagram above may be a typical process after pressing for most wineries.
  The timing of malolactic fermentation is usually the winemaker's prerogative. In addition, it is the winemaker's decision whether MLF occurs in the tank or barrel.
  Smaller wineries usually are able to move wine to barrels shortly after pressing and settling. However, depending on the winery's size and a particular wine's price point, the wine may stay in tanks for as long as four months before barreling. Or it may never see a barrel at all.