Native Yeast Program

The Native Yeast Program offers tailored solutions to clients interested in obtaining a proprietary “estate culture,” isolated from their local environment such as facility, old barrels, equipment, or nature.

The program allows the client to differentiate their product while staying true to their origin and brand characteristics, and is a powerful tool for maintaining consistency of a spontaneous fermentation.

Enrolling in the Native Yeast Program gives control and reliability of the fermentation while staying true to the indigenous microbiological characteristic. At the completion of the project, White Labs can maintain these proprietary strains in a stable format until needed by the client, and can be provided on slants or in pure liquid cultures.

We offer more than 15 years of combined professional experience in the field working with wineries on native yeast projects, from small-scale operations to the largest wineries in the world.

We offer a program with varying degrees of project complexity. See the packages below to find the right program for you!

Program Packages

Package A: Isolation of micro-organisms

Client will provide White Labs with mixed culture derived from the environment. This could be in the form of liquid slurry or micro-organism colonies on agar media plate. White Labs will use standard microbiological isolation techniques to obtain pure colonies of single organisms from the mix. Validation of organism isolation will be performed, and organisms will be identified to the Genus level (i.e. Saccharomcyes-type yeast, nonSaccharomcyes-type yeast, anaerobic bacteria, aerobic bacteria).

$505 per sample (LS6725)

Package B: Basic lab-scale fermentations of isolates & genetic identification

White Labs will perform lab-scale fermentations using isolated organisms to determine fermentability and performance. Once fermentability is proven, genetic identification of the candidate organisms will also be established.

Included with this package:
- Fermentation kinetics for each isolated organism
- Fermentation growth rate for each isolated organism
- pH of lab-scale fermentations
- Alcohol, attenuation & extract values for individual fermentations
- Genetic identification
- 1 Liter samples of organisms shipped to customer for evaluation

$2550 per sample (LS6730)

Package C: Custom Native Yeast Project

Please contact our expertly trained staff to customize a program that meets your needs and budget. Genetic Identification Only.
$185 (LS6705)

Enroll in the program by logging into Click the tab called Laboratory Supplies and Services and consult section Laboratory Services at the top of the page. 

For more information about this program, contact us.