Wine FAQ’s

You’ve arrived at the right place to learn how to make home made wine! Home wine making is not as difficult as you would think. With one of our comprehensive wine making kits, you will have everything you need to enjoy the wine making process and create your first batch. While we do not offer specific wine making instruction on this page, this section is a great resource to get you started in the world of wine making.

If you are a new to wine making, please take a look at our comprehensive FAQ section to learn more about how to make wine!

Can home wine making kits really make good wine?
Yes. Years ago when wine kits were first available, the quality was indeed questionable. With improvements in aseptic packaging and state-of-the-art processing, kits now produce wine which could be compared to commercial bottles worth eight to twelve dollars each. While home wine making will never put the professional winemaker out of business, it will enable those who enjoy wine to stock many different bottles of wine for dinners, gift giving, cooking, celebrating, or just enjoying.

So how much does it cost per bottle?
That depends on the style you want to make. Each kit makes approximately 30 standard 750ml bottles. Selection Special kits like Port make fifteen 750ml bottles. If you dress each bottle with an attractive label, heat shrink hood and cork, you can expect to pay only $2.50 to $3.50 per bottle!

Don’t you need to buy a lot of equipment like presses and crushers to make wine?
Only from scratch. While making wine from grapes is fun and rewarding, it does require some heavy equipment. The Selection and Vintner’s Reserve wine kits are designed to use a minimum of equipment and space. If you have ever made beer or know someone who has, chances are you may already have access to the necessary equipment. Check out our equipment page for pictures and descriptions of items most commonly used in kit winemaking.

I like to drink wine, but I don’t know much about it. I can’t even pronounce some of the names. Shouldn’t I know more about wine before I try making it?
Absolutely not! Everyone starts somewhere. The best wine to serve with any food is the wine you enjoy most. Start with making that wine and broaden your horizon. As new kits become available, even shopkeepers have had to learn to pronounce new names and descriptions. All of us are learning together.

I don’t recognize the names of some of the kit varieties available. Am I missing something?
The French government was upset at the use of some names which they felt were unique to their special wines. Rather than wage a court battle, the Canadian Home Wine and Trade Association agreed on new names for some varieties. These are noted with the TM symbol. A list of the original names for these varieties can be obtained from your local shop.

Does each kit have everything I need?
Each Selection and Vintner’s Reserve kitis complete. No furtheringredients are needed. You add only water. Each kit is acid balanced before packaging to produce a delicious 23 liter (6 US gallon) batch of wine. Wine making doesn’t get any easier than that!

Don’t you need to buy a lot of equipment like presses and crushers to make wine?
Only from scratch. While making wine from grapes is fun and rewarding, it does require some heavy equipment. The Selection and Vintner’s Reserve wine kits are designed to use a minimum of equipment and space. If you have ever made beer or know someone who has, chances are you may already have access to the necessary equipment. Check out our equipment page for pictures and descriptions of items most commonly used in kit winemaking.

I like to drink wine, but I don’t know much about it. I can’t even pronounce some of the names. Shouldn’t I know more about wine before I try making it?
Absolutely not! Everyone starts somewhere. The best wine to serve with any food is the wine you enjoy most. Start with making that wine and broaden your horizon. As new kits become available, even shopkeepers have had to learn to pronounce new names and descriptions. All of us are learning together.

I don’t recognize the names of some of the kit varieties available. Am I missing something?
The French government was upset at the use of some names which they felt were unique to their special wines. Rather than wage a court battle, the Canadian Home Wine and Trade Association agreed on new names for some varieties. These are noted with the TM symbol. A list of the original names for these varieties can be obtained from your local shop.

Does each kit have everything I need?
Each Selection and Vintner’s Reserve kitis complete. No furtheringredients are needed. You add only water. Each kit is acid balanced before packaging to produce a delicious 23 liter (6 US gallon) batch of wine. Wine making doesn’t get any easier than that!

How long does it take to make wine from start to finish?
You will notice that the Selection kits are listed as 6 to 8 week kits while the Vintner’s Reserve are referred to as 4 to 5 week kits. The natural process of turning grape juice into wine takes a bit longer for the Selectionkits which contain a higher percentage of juice. The wine is ready to bottle after this fermentation is complete. In theory, the wine can be consumed any time after bottling, but most wine benefits by aging in the bottle for a few months or years. Generally, white wines are made to be consumed early while reds age well. While there are some exceptions to this rule, your taste buds are the final judge.

What about filtering and bottling. Is it complicated?
Filtering, if desired is a personal choice. Many winemakers filter all their wine to avoid the chance of any sediment in their bottles. Corking devices for inserting the corks into bottles come in many styles and prices. Chances are that your local shop has models for rent if you don’t want to buy them. If this is a hobby you enjoy, you will most likely be purchasing a good filter and a sturdy corker at some point in the future.

What is the worst that can happen?
Hummm. That’s a tough one. Making wine from these kits is so easy, the worst that might happen is you could end up with 30 bottles of a style of wine that is not what you expected. If you are contemplating making a style you are not familiar with, we suggest purchasing the commercial equivalent at the store. Don’t buy the least expensive bottle, you might end up purchasing a wine that won’t be a good example for the style. Always shoot for a bottle valued at between eight and twelve dollars since this will be close to what you will be making. Most stores with good wine sections have individuals that can help you in your selection.