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La Vigne Wine Estate

Making musical wines

A study at the Heriot Watt University in Edinburg found that playing certain types of music can enhance the way wine tastes with up to 60% depending on the melody heard.

The results were put down to ‘Cognitive Priming Theory’, where the music sets up the brain to respond to the wine in a certain way. In another study, Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, has showed that music can change the molecules of water, and that especially classical music changes the water-molecules in a harmonic way. As most of the human body is water, this is Emoto’s explanation why music has this great impact on human beings.

As wine is more than 80% water, we at La Vigne play classical music in our barrel cellar, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, believing that music will change our maturing wines in a harmonic way. Because of a 56 dB loss on its way into the oak barrels, the music has to be played very loud, at more than 90 dB(SPL). The speed of sound in our wine is around 1480 m/sec, four times higher than in air, which helps distribute the pressure-waves inside the barrels

Wine Types

Red, White

Wine Varieties

Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sémillon, Shiraz


  • Winemaker: Ossie Sauermann

Trading Hours

Current Status:

  • Monday to Sunday: By Appointment
  • Public Holidays: By Appointment
  • Religious Holidays: By Appointment

Seasonal hours may apply. Phone ahead before visiting to confirm times and avoid disappointment.


Cellar tour

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Wine sales

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Wine tasting

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Wine making

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Last updated 16 May 2016. Report an error.

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