DetailsAn international exclusive—introducing the first-ever 1 gallon winemaking starter kit, complete with premium grape concentrate from world-class vineyards.
Great things come in small packages. Without experience or anything but a passion for wine, you can make your own top notch, cellar-worthy wine in your kitchen. Master Vintner™ combines essential equipment that’s easy to use with expert instruction that’s easy to follow. You’ll walk through the essentials of the wine making process with exclusive techniques from world-class winemaker Tim Vandergrift.
You don’t need time, either. Great wine takes a matter of minutes to make, and then only the patience to let it ferment and mature into perfection. Prep a Cabernet for fermentation while you make dinner, or a pinot noir in the minutes before you head for work in the morning.
We’ve broken down the process for complex, beautiful wines into simple steps that ensure success—with a minimal investment of precious time.
Our premium recipe kits are made from grapes picked at their prime by expert vintners in world-class vineyards. With the exclusive, unsurpassed quality of Master Vintner™ recipe kits, you absolutely cannot make better small batch homemade wine with any other kit.
With small batch sizes you’ll get five bottles per recipe, making it easy to mix and match favorite styles. Craft a full tasting menu in just four months with each batch of wine finishing in a quick four weeks. Serve your favorite meals alongside an artisanal bottle of Chardonnay or Merlot that you made in your own kitchen.
Starter Kit Includes:
- Your choice of recipe kit: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
- World-class instructions from industry expert Tim Vandergrift
- Little Big Mouth Bubbler™ Glass Primary Fermentor, Stopper, Airlock & FermagraF°
- 1 Gallon Glass Jug Secondary Fermentor, Cap, Airlock & FermagraF°
- Herculometer™, Test Jar & Thief
- Mini Auto-Siphon & Tubing
- 18" Plastic Paddle
- Corker & Corks
- Bottle Filler & Tubing
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Oxygen Wash Cleanser & Sodium Metabisulfite Sanitizer
- Details & Instructions
4.5 / 5.015 ReviewsGreat kit, lots of funFirst timer, received this as a gift. True to the picture, the kit contains everything you need for the first batch. The corker (red thing) is different than the picture, but otherwise spot on. And don't panic when you can't find step by step instructions, they're in the wine juice box.
Like any science, if you follow the directions exactly, you'll get what you paid for. Five bottles if wine. I like the 1 gallon size, it fits on my kitchen counter, out of reach of the kids. Not heavy or overwhelming for a first timer.
A few things confused me as a first timer, so let me help you out. The instructions say to wash with something called One Step. That's just oxygen wash, in the kit. Soaps leave perfumes and dyes in your product, so oxygen wash is the way to go. And make sure not to mix up your sulfites!
There was a step that wanted my specific gravity to be a certain amount, and mine wasn't. Don't stress, just wait a day and test again. Winemaking is a lot of patience. And journaling- write down what you do as you go so that you can understand your successes and mistakes.
As a wine drinker, I will say not to expect your first wine to be on par with the $20 bottles at the store, that takes a lot of time and knowledge. However, this is a great experience. I made five bottles of wine that I find drinkable, so this was great. Working on my second batch now. Highly recommend!February 8, 2017Primary is a piece of junk.Bought this kit to try different kinds of fruit wine. It came with a white wine small batch kit. After pouring juice in to big mouth bubbler an adding water I put spoon in an one turn of spoon it cracked down the side of glass. I did not hit the side that hard. Spoon sent with kit is not safe with the cheap glass big mouth bubbler. Every thing else in the kit was fine.February 25, 2016Response from Midwest SuppliesHi Larry, thanks for writing the review. It is being posted. Sorry to hear about the issue! Definitely do want to be careful stirring at the steps that call for it. Perhaps the unit had a thin spot or an unnoticed damage in shipment, but sounds like you have not gotten good use out of the fermentor anyway, so if you would like we would love to help! I found the order, so I can send out a replacement if you can let me know the best address to send one too. Let us know!November 2, 2016Midwest SuppliesNeat kitVery pleased with this kit. Only problem was with the siphon rod. When placing on the tubing ,I put a couple of rounds of Teflon tape on the joint to keep it from getting air. Works just fine.December 29, 2015So far soo good...So far the kit has been great. The Lil' Big Mouth Bubbler has been great. The wine kit is very is easy and instructions are great. The only problems that I have had is the the mini auto siphon will not get a good seal around the tubing and will not keep flowing since it is getting air. I pushed the tubing all the way to the bend and it still will not seal, not sure if the tubing is too big or the cane is too small. The only other problem I had is the rubber stopper it came with had bits missing, like it was broken off or miss cut, not too big of a issue right now but will have to be replaced.March 10, 2015Instructions for wine kitEnclosed instruction sheet did not explain when to put in Packet A-Bentonite. I did not realize it was an extra additive until I was near end of process. I see the PDF of the instruction sheet on the website must have caught the oversight and now includes step to put in fermenter before primary fermenting and before adding juice by dissolving with 2 cups of warm water. Note to other kit buyers in case their kit has incomplete instruction sheet.August 26, 2016Response from Midwest SuppliesMike,
Thanks for the review and sorry for the confusion. Your wine should still turn out great even without the bentonite. Please let us know if you need anything from us.November 2, 2016Midwest SuppliesReviewBest tasting wine! This is an outstanding product!January 6, 2017Purchased
1 year agoGood first time kitI'm about a week away from my first attempt at wine making being ready to bottle. So far everything has been straightforward and has progressed just as the instructions described. The only thing I haven't liked about the kit is that the included wine thief isn't narrow enough to fit into the 1 gallon jug. Fix that and it will be nearly perfect for a starter kit.January 22, 2017Purchased
1 year agoLil big mouth bubblers rule!The carboy is the best part of the kit! I love small batch brewing due to the level of control it gives me. Plus the big open mouth of the carboy is very convenient. I think I'll buy a few more!March 5, 2016Nice kit!!Just received this kit in the mail today. Can't wait to try this thing out. Ordered the pinot noir with it. After reading the instructions I found its the same process as the 6 gallon kit but at a smaller level. Can't wait to get this going this weekend.January 28, 2015Great gifts for beginning winemakersI ordered these as Christmas gifts for friends. They all found them to be uniques and fascinating gifts (and maybe even the beginning of a great hobby.) Great stuff!December 31, 2015
- Customer Q&A
Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 13 answershow long does it take to make wine from start to finish and be able to drink itBEST ANSWER: Hello,
For this small batch kit, the quickest would be 4 weeks. If the temps are bit cooler it may take longer to ferment.
CharlesDoes this small batch wine kit use real fresh fruit or do you have to use the concentrate kits?BEST ANSWER: The small batch wine kits work really well for a new wine maker (I was a brand new wine maker when I bought the small batch kit). I am now using the same equipment to make real fruit wine. There were a few additional items needed to make real fruit wine but they are all rather inexpensive such as the mesh bag for the fruit and different additives.Are wine bottles included? Where do you pack and store the wine once it's ready?BEST ANSWER: Bottles are rarely ever included. That way you can use the ones you prefer, in shape, color and size. When I do small batches, rather than bottle the gallon in five separate bottles, I generally just store it once its ready in a one gallon jug with a screw cap. Hope this helpsCan this kit be used to make fruit wine such as blueberries or plums?BEST ANSWER: It very well can be! To make you own fruit wine, you just need a straining bag so you can separate the solid fruit matter from the juice in the fermentor and a number of additives and yeast. Our fruit winemaking kit is designed around making your own fruit wine, and the only thing this kit lacks compared to that one is that bag and the additives. I hope this helps!What size qorks are included?BEST ANSWER: Standard size hope it goes well, bought small kit with juice for wine had to throw it out.can you make port-style fortified wines with this kit, and if so, what additional items would you recommend?