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, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Moscato, or Pinot Grigio
- 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
4.4 / 5.021 ReviewsComplex process, results mixed.One must have patience. Fermentation took a long time. Checking specific gravity with several different testers yielded different results. The auto-siphon worked one time and then not again. Getting from secondary back to primary was accomplished by pouring out of the 1 gallon jug. Bottling was a mess. Stirred for several days to remove carbon dioxide, but the clarifying process made no gains after two weeks, so bottled it anyway.
Green (at bottling day) it tasted okay. Not top shelf, but definitely not something that should be discarded. We'll see what we have in thirty days or so.
Fermenters: NOT using those again. Pitched the auto-siphon in the trash. Next time, if there is to be a next time, I'll use fermenters with taps near the bottom like in my beer brewing equipment.
PS: That metabisulfite sanitizer smells gross. Definitely do not let ANY of that stuff remain on anything that touches the product. Rinse, rinse, rinse. I wonder if Idophor might not be a better choice.March 24, 2019Purchased
2 months agoFirst time vintner.Nice introductory kit to the wine making game.March 22, 2019Purchased
1 month agoNice started kitI really enjoyed the kit, I'm a first time brewer and the kit had everything I needed with easy to follow instructions. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the shipping was stupid expensive, unfortunately I will have to shop elsewhere from now on.March 15, 2019Purchased
2 months agoWas surprised at the minimal instructions but I see you advise to research basic beginners winemaking before using the kit. Looks like quality equipment. Hoping we have all we needDecember 27, 2018Purchased
4 months agoFirst timerThe pieces and parts are well made. I would buy it again if I need a full kit. the general instructions seem a bit confusing, I am a first time vintner. There was a video on YouTube by Midwest that helped.October 7, 2018Purchased
7 months agoLoved itI can't begin to describe.how much I'm enjoying this kit. The wine should be ready in a couple of weeks so I can't speak to its quality but the winemaking process is fascinating and the kit (for a first-timer like me) is like a gateway drug to a new hobby/passion. Also, Midwest Supplies has extraordinary customer service , something a novice can really appreciateUnboxing my kitAugust 12, 2018Purchased
9 months agoqualityeasy to work with .. gives you batches small enough so you can have a varietyJanuary 28, 2018Purchased
1 year agoGreat way to get started wine making and brewing.Love it! Have a batch of Pinot noir and maple mead brewing now!March 27, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoGreat 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, 2017Good 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
over 2 years ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 9 questions Browse 9 questions and 22 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.
CharlesCan this system be reused to make different types of wine or it’s a one time deal?BEST ANSWER: The hard components (glassware, plasticware, lids, etc) can be used for a variety of things. The wet components (wine kit) is a one time deal. We use ours in the summer to make large batch sangria, kombucha for our crunchy neighbors, and home brew pilots.
You could use it for saurkraut, I'd bet.Does 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: Not included, but head over to a halfway decent restaurant and collect a couple cases of used wine bottles. I asked, and they gladly saved three cases of some really solid ones for me. $0.
Make sure you really spend some effort cleaning them... unless you like making really great vinegar.Can 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 semi dry wine if so what would be a good one?BEST ANSWER: Master Vintner Malbec juice kit and add 3/4 lbs of sugar. Flavor is awesome with out sugar but it is a dry wine.Can the 6 gallon kit be used to make smaller (say 3 gallon) batches?BEST ANSWER: Yes...but, you won't find any suppliers offering 3-gallons of juice. You'd have to either halve the juice (and find a way to preserve the remainder) or crush your own grapes until you have the volume of juice you desire. The other issue is that if you're using a 6-gal carboy to ferment 3-gal of juice, all of that extra space in the carboy may result in some unappealing oxidization of your wine.can you make port-style fortified wines with this kit, and if so, what additional items would you recommend?