Determination of Alcohol Content in Wine

CDR WineLab analysis system fast, simple to use and reliable for determining multiple parameters in wine and mustAlcohol content is the measurement of ethanol content etanolo in an alcoholic beverage. In wine constitutes an important quality parameter.

The determination of alcohol by volume with CDR WineLab® is simpler and more rapid than OIV method, OIV methods: it consists in a simple photometric reading and operates on a small sample of wine as is without any distillation.

The analysis has a high repeatibility and reliable. The results you obtain with WineLab Touch are compliant with the results of OIV reference analytical methods.

The Analyzers CDR WineLab® for determining Alcohol by Volume (ABV) in Wine and Must

The system is supplied pre-calibrated and ready for use.
Results are expressed in accordance with the reference method.
It is also possible to standardize the system using samples with a known titration.
The reagents have a shelf-life of 18 months
The analytical methods are simple: the system does not require an equipped laboratory or skilled staff.

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Analyses Wine and Must:

Acetic acid (volatile acidity)
Fermentable Sugars
Total Acidity
L-Lactic Acid
L-Malic Acid
Free sulfur dioxide
Total sulfur dioxide
Alcohol by Volume
Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen (YAN)
Gluconic Acid
Acetaldehyde (Ethanal)
Total Polyphenols Index
Colour (tonality and intensity)
Total Polyphenols
Total Anthocyanins
Polymerised Anthocyanins
HCl Index
Configuration with tailored panel of analyses
Simultaneous Sample Analyses 16 3
Multiple Analyses on a Sample si

Check out how to test Alcohol by Volume in Wine with CDR WineLab®


Test type: End Point.
Time testing: one test 6 minutes.
Are possible test sessions with several samples, up to a maximum of 16.

Correlation curve

The correlation curve between the CDR WineLab® analysis method and the reference analysis method.

Determination of Alcohol content in Wine with CDR WineLab in Accordance to the Reference Method

Test Principle

Ethanol + NAD+ Test principle of alcohol analysis in wine Acetic Aldehyde + NADH
Ethanol is oxidized in an alkaline environment through an enzymatic reaction and converted in acetic aldehyde in presence of NAD+, which in turns produces NADH. The increase of the absorbance, measured at 366 nm (end-point) is directly proportional to the concentration of ethanol in the sample.

Reagent test Kits

The reagents are packaged in foil pouches containing 10 tubes useful to perform 10 analyses.

This is the minimum package that allows the use of CDR systems even to those who need to make a few analyses, thus not wasting reagents.

There are also boxes of 100 tests, however, packaged in 10 bags of 10 tubes containing the reagent.

Code. *300603: 10 tests 

Code. *300600: 100 tests (10 packages of 10 tests)

The reagents have a shelf-life of 6 months

Processing – Sample Volume – Measuring Range

The analysis requests a rapid and simple dilution of the sample. The test is suitable for sweet wines as well, because it is able to measure up to 20% v/v.

Test Measuring range
(% vol)
Resolution Accuracy
Alcohol content 0,1 – 17% vol. 0,1 0,2% vol.

Reagents developed by CDR S.r.l - Quality System Certified ISO 9001 Ed. 2015 - Certificate n. 9115

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Alcohol by Volume was last modified: February 8th, 2019 by CDR s.r.l.