A reliable and fruity red yeast for red winemaking.

Andante is a versatile strain that produces a red fruit overture with good color stability and flavor across all red varietals. Andante also tolerates up to 17% alcohol and will generally consume around 30% of malic acid present during the alcoholic fermentation. Andante maintains desired varietal characteristics while producing aromas and flavors of fresh fruit as raspberry, strawberry, and red plum.


Viability / Living cells: > 1.0 x 1010 cells/gram
Package Sizes:
500g and 10kg vacuum packed foil sachets.
Storage Conditions:
Store cool and dry, 4 - 15⁰C (39 - 59⁰F). Do not freeze!
Inoculation Rate:
200 - 350g/1000L (1.66 - 2.92lbs/1000 gallons)

Note: inoculation range is based on the juice sugar content and condition of grapes.

  1. Prepare a chlorine-free, 3:1 water to juice mixture of approximately 5 times the yeast weight at 38 - 42°C (100 - 108°F).
  2. Gently sprinkle the yeast into the water-juice mixture and, without stirring, allow 10 minutes for hydration.
  3. Stir the yeast into the water-juice mixture allowing it an additional 10 minutes to fully hydrate.
  4. Add enough juice to the yeast suspension to lower the temperature by 5ºC (9ºF). Let mixture acclimate for 5 minutes.
  5. Repeat step 4 until the temperature of the yeast suspension is less than 8°C (15°F) warmer than the must or juice to be inoculated.
  6. Slowly add the yeast mixture into must or juice.

Note: Directly adding dry yeast to the must or juice tank is not advisable.


Andante is ideally suited for wines that have higher alcohol levels, such as full bodied Shiraz or Zinfandel. Given its red fruit notes, the strain also has outstanding aromatic compatibility for moderate climate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

Recommended varietals include Shiraz, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese.


*Grams of sugar required to produce 1% alcohol (v/v). Varies depending on the sugar and nutrient composition of the must and environmental conditions.

Quality Guarantee

Renaissance Yeast guarantees the quality of its products sold in their original packaging, provided they are used in conformity with the expiration date and the storage conditions noted above.

The information is true and accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, this data sheet is not to be considered as a guarantee expressed or implied, or as a condition of sale of this product.


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mod to fast

Optimal Temperature

18 – 35°C

Cold Tolerance


Alcohol Tolerance



0.2 - 0.35 g/L

Conversion Factor

16.4 g/L


7 - 9 g/L

Volatile Acidity


Nitrogen Requirements

low to med

Killer Factor




Foam Production


SO2 Production


H2S Production