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Beginner's Guide to Wine Making

Information to help you get started in Home Winemaking

Thinking about how wine making? Considering a wine making equipment kit as a gift? The following information may help you make your decision. For more information on How to Make Wine check out the rest of our Bottle Knowledge archive.


There are 3 different products needed to make wine at home:

EQUIPMENT KITS

The most important part of getting started is choosing an equipment kit. Our kits provide components needed to make wine, whether you choose a 1-gallon or 6-gallon batch size. Read each of the descriptions to determine which equipment kit is right for you. Making wine is easier than beer as boiling isn't required and the results are very consistent with our wine concentrate kits. Patience is needed though, with a standard fermentation of 2 - 6 months.

WINE KITS

Choose from over 100 wine ingredient kits to keep your fermenters full with fermenting must and wine. Whether you're yearning for a crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc or the rich, complexity of a Merlot, there's a wine kit to satisfy the taste of even the most discerning wine enthusiast. Each wine kit includes easy to follow instructions yield 30 750ml bottles with a fermentation time of 4-8 weeks depending on kit. Uncork, unwind, and relax.

WINE BOTTLES

Our six gallon equipment kits will fill 29-30 standard 750 ml wine bottles. Please note that shipping glass bottles can get expensive due to shipping weight. Many winemakers* will collect empty wine bottles as they drink them, rinse them out and use them for their wine. Most folks buy one or two cases of bottles when getting started with winemaking.

*Most winemakers who accumulate 10 cases of bottles typically will have purchased 5 new cases and cleaned 5 cases of used bottles.

MASTER VINTNER® WINE STARTER KIT MASTER VINTNER® WINE STARTER KIT

Designed for 6-gallon wine recipe kits. Easily become an expert by learning from one—the Master Vintner® Wine Starter Kit delivers exclusive first-class instruction from over 50 years of combined experience. The time-tested techniques of industry leader Tim Vandergrift are delivered in an easy-to-follow how-to manual. This kit includes two fermenters and all of the accessories you need including a degasser, bungs, air locks, corks, and much more! Note: This kit does not include wine ingredients. It is designed to work with our 6-gallon wine recipe kits.

MASTER VINTNER® SMALL BATCH WINE KIT MASTER VINTNER® SMALL BATCH WINE KIT

Great things come in small packages; in this case, 1 gallon. Without experience or anything but a passion for wine, you can make 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 winemaking with exclusive techniques from world-class winemaker Tim Vandergrift. Small Batch equipment kits include your choice of one gallon recipe kit.

MASTER VINTNER® WEEKDAY WINE™ STARTER KIT MASTER VINTNER® WEEKDAY WINE™ STARTER KIT

Life is complex. Weekday Wine is simple. The Weekday Wine Starter Kit supplies everything you need to make 6 gallons of wine that’s perfect for pouring, any day of the week. For friends, for family, or simply for you. Choose from two classic, oh-so-drinkable styles: Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.



MASTER VINTNER® FRESH HARVEST® FRUIT WINEMAKING KIT MASTER VINTNER® FRESH HARVEST® FRUIT WINEMAKING KIT

If you thought wine was all about the grape, think again—Master Vintner® Fresh Harvest® has everything you need to turn fresh fruit into 1 gallon of remarkable wine. You just provide the fruit. The list of fruits you can use to create wine is endless. Fresh Harvest® has enough supplies to make up to 15 one-gallon batches, perfect for experimenting with different varieties!



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