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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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  1. Pinot Grigio - RJS Grand Cru
    $91.99

    Discover this award winning white wine kit, ready in just 4 weeks time. Learn More
  2. Winexpert Small Batch World Vineyard Italian Pinot Grigio
    $27.99

    A zippy, dry white wine with floral notes on the nose and plenty of fruit on the palate. Sweetness: Dry | Oak: None | Body: Light-Medium Yield: 1 Gallon (approximately 5 wine bottles) Learn More
  3. Master Vintner Tropical Bliss Peach Chardonnay - 6 Gallon
    $69.99

    With its beguiling scent, this medium-bodied Chardonnay brings the juicy tartness of ripe peaches with light citrus notes and a finish of pineapples and pears. Crisp and refreshing its' perfect for the pool or beach, and excellent a cool night by the fire. Try it with grilled chicken or pasta. Learn More
  4. Sommelier Select™ Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon with Skins
    $159.99

    The oldest vines (between 60 and 80 years) produce fruit unlike any other. This Cabernet Sauvignon has stupefying levels of fruit and extract. The blackberry, blackcurrant and jammy notes give way to pepper, mint, cedar and black cherry. Dense and dark, with rock-ribbed tannins when young, it will round out to a smooth lustrous finish that goes on forever at its peak. Yield: 6 Gallons Learn More
  5. Weekday Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
    $57.99

    This big red with dark fruit flavors stands up to savory and spice, in all kinds of cuisine. Great with pasta with meat sauce (think lasagna!) bratwursts, pizza (hold the anchovies) or any gathering of friends who enjoy a robust red wine. Life is complex. Weekday Wine is simple. Learn More
  6. Pinot Noir Wine Kit - Master Vintner Weekday Wine
    $57.99

    Don't let pinot noir's rep as the darling of wine snobs fool you! The lush flavor of ripe cherries in this crowd-pleasing red makes any meal feel as cozy and comforting as breakfast in bed. Or lunch, or dinner! So settle in, snuggle up and enjoy with your favorite big flavors -- pulled pork, fish tacos, chili. The messier the better for this friendly wine. Life is complex. Weekday Wine is simple. Learn More
  7. Pinot Grigio - Master Vintner™ Winemaker's Reserve™
    $84.99

    Master Vintner® Pinot Grigio makes 6 gallons of crisp dry white wine scented with citrus and a clean finish that lingers on minerals, white fruits and almonds. Learn More
  8. Cabernet Sauvignon - Master Vintner™ Winemaker's Reserve™
    $89.99

    Master Vintner® Cabernet Sauvignon makes six gallons of medium-bodied wine with moderate tannins, featuring savory notes of dark, dried fruit behind aromas of ripe plum and vanilla. Wonderfully complex flavors of currants, blackberry and chocolate burst from this crowd-pleasing wine. Learn More
  9. RJS Grand Cru Chardonnay Wine Kit
    $101.99

    A medium-bodied wine with crisp, green apple bouquet and hearty flavour. Learn More
  10. Pinot Noir Kit - Master Vintner® Small Batch Wine Recipe
    $27.99

    This premium small batch Pinot Noir kit is made from grapes picked at their prime by expert vintners in world-class vineyards. Learn More
  11. Cabernet Sauvignon Kit - Master Vintner® Small Batch Wine Recipe
  12. Winexpert Small Batch World Vineyard Australian Chardonnay
    $27.99

    Peach and mango fruit aromas are enveloped in a vanillaladen oak finish. Supple and slightly buttery, this wine lingers with layers of toast and spice. Sweetness: Dry | Oak: Light | Body: Medium Yield: 1 Gallon (approximately 5 wine bottles) Learn More

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