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Sparking Wine Calculator

The pricing calculated using this cost calculator is purely to help producers with their vintage preparations and provide indicative costs that they can expect to incur when using the services of Litmus Wines. It does not constitute a formal quotation as the volumes and losses cannot be accurately predicted and may vary at the point of pressing, fermentation and bottling. 

You can move backwards and forwards between steps to re-calculate. You can only move to the next step once the relevant information has been provided.

Be aware that this calculation is assuming the full package of services required (with the exception of Malolactic fermentation oaking and storage). If the full package is not required then remove any non-applicable figures. 

The estimates we have made on yields when converting from tonnes to bottles are conservative

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Stage 1

Number of tonnes crushed or whole berry pressed (WBP) *Select from the drop down the number of tonnes anticipated for crushing or whole berry pressing (WBP)

£500 per 8 tonnes crushed or 3 tonnes Whole Berry Pressed (WBP)

Denbies Wine Estate Buy-back SchemeFor every tonne of fruit there will be approximately 225 litres of pressings from premium sparkling wine and 150 litres of pressings from other sparkling wine that Denbies is willing to purchase from the producer for £1 per litre.

Stage 2

Number Bottled *Approx 650 bottles/tonne WBP; 700 bottles/tonne crushed or, if including pressings, approx 700 bottles/tonne WBP; 800 bottles/tonne crushed.

Production costsAdjust any of the figures to suit your requirements.

Malolactic FermentationEnter a proportionate number of bottles that you wish to undergo malolactic fermentation (MLF). For example, if 10,000 bottles are produced and you wish to have 40% of the wine undergo MLF then enter 4,000 bottles.

If partial MLF is required then pro rata bottle numbers

OakEnter a proportionate number of bottles that you wish to have stored in oak against any of the 4 different age groups.

If partial oak then pro rata bottle numbers

If your desire is, for example, 20% new and 80% older oak then pro rata bottles.

Stage 3

Further lees ageingIf lees aging beyond 12 months is preferred then enter the additional number of months required.

First 12 months are offered free of charge.

Packaging costsAdjust any of the figures as required.

If for example the applying of foils is not required then delete the figure from the ‘applying foil’ cell.

Assume 2% loss in disgorging


Indicative cost per unit £0.00

This is based on a total estimated cost of £0.00

This figure would be payable over 3 instalments.

The first payment would be due on the 1st December for £0.00.
The second payment of £0.00 would be due 30 days from completion of bottling.
The final payment of £0.00 would be due on completion of disgorging and packaging.

View full cost breakdown
Cost based on number of tonnes crushed or whole berry pressed (WBP)
Premium sparkling wine buy-back
Other sparkling wine buy-back
Discount applied
Stage 1 Payment

The costing is based on bottles. Assume 2% loss in disgorging

QuantityUnit PriceTotal
Fermentation Fee£ 1.00
Bottling Fee£ 0.53
Bottle cost£ 0.50
Crown cap cost£ 0.05
Malolactic fermentation (per bottle)£ 0.16
Oak New (per bottle)£ 1.60
Oak 1 year old (per bottle)£ 0.80
Oak 2 year old (per bottle)£ 0.40
Oak 3 years or older (per bottle)£ 0.25
Pre and post bottling analysis (Corkwise)1£ 159.00£ 159.00
Stage 2 Payment
QuantityUnit PriceTotal
Disgorging fee - number bottled£ 1.25
Further lees ageing (months)£ 0.02
Cost of Cork & wire
Cost of Foil
Cost of Labels
Cost of box (per bottle)
Applying Foil£ 0.10
Applying labels (2) front and back£ 0.20
Applying labels (3) front, back and neck£ 0.25
Boxing and taping£ 0.055
Stage 3 Payment

* Further lees ageing is based on £0.02 per bottle stored per calendar month.