Protect your wines from “lightstrike” with Oenoled

Aug 25, 2021 • 3 mins
Team Grappers

Crafting a champagne is a know-how in its own right, so let's not spoil it because of poor storage! Grappers has already talked about the ins and outs of storing champagne in an article here: the location, the position and the temperature of storage are important, but so is light!  Yes, the wrong light could single-handedly damage your wines and cause them to suffer "lightstrike". But don't panic, Oenoled has the solution to ensure this never happens (again)!

What is “lightstrike”?

An irreversible phenomenon and one much less well known than cork taint, a “lightstrike” can affect wines and champagnes stored under unsuitable lighting. Certain wavelengths in the light spectrum are harmful to wine and alter its quality, particularly photosensitive molecules such as Riboflavin (vitamin B2).

Lightstrike can occur very quickly: in a few minutes for an opened wine left out in the sun, or in a few days to a few months for bottles that are not stored away from the light.

How can you recognise this phenomenon? If your champagne tastes of cauliflower or rubber, then there is a good chance you have lightstrike!

Oenoled, the lighting specialists

Oenoled has been supplying specific lighting solutions for wine storage for over 6 years. The company has developed lighting fixtures that have been tested and validated by an external laboratory following the protocol established by the Champagne Committee (formerly the CVIC).

Oenoled light fixtures

Oenoled is a state-of-the-art lighting technology for professionals and the general public with no UV emission, no blue light, a LED light source, specific light spectrum per the specifications established by the Champagne Committee, a 50,000-hour life span, instantaneous lighting and reduced consumption.

These services are designed for Champagne Houses, cellars, restaurants, tasting rooms and storage areas, as well as for the general public.

Bespoke studies

Oenoled works in close collaboration with its manufacturing partners to create ever more efficient devices that respect the specifications established by the Champagne Committee.

The company’s services can include a detailed study of the project with a dialux photometric report, 3D diagram with lighting arrangement, calculation of lighting levels, optimised layout plan, power analysis and a cost estimate.

Where can you find Oenoled ?

The company has a showroom inside the Sceneo shop in La Neuvillette (Reims) and branches in Lille, Nantes, Metz and Dijon.

You can also find Oenoled at the Viteff show, which runs from 12 to 15 October 2021 at Le Millésium in Épernay.