How To Make Homemade Wine from Grapes
I remember the first time I had a desire to make my own wine was when I attended a wine festival in San Francisco and one of the vendors had a “mix and match” table that let you play around with blending different varietals into fun and tasty, customized wines.
Whereas most wines are blended from two or more different types of grapes, wines used for these kits are pre-made wines that are 100% of each different varietal. Mixing them together is the easiest way to get started experimenting with different flavors, and anyone can do it.
But what about making homemade wine from grapes, and fermenting and storing them yourself? This can be an incredibly fun process and a great hobby, or even a side business for any true wine lover! In this post we’ll talk about some of the basics you need if you want to know how to make your own wine, and I’ll point you in the direction of a few other resources that helped me to get started.
How Do You Make Wine? Wine Making for Beginners
If you’re just starting out with your own homemade wine making then the best and fastest route is to find a wine making kit that you can use to help guide you through the process.
These kits are designed for beginning and hobby wine makers who are looking for a clear recipe and path to follow from start to finish.
Click here for more information on finding the right wine making kits for your goals. The right kit will depend on your current experience and the type and style of wine you want to make.
Making Wine At Home
When people talk about at home wine making, there are actually several different categories of wine making they might be talking about.
For beginners, simply blending pre-fermented grapes can be a ton of fun. It’s rare to see wines that are 100% made from a single varietal, but there are several companies that provide these wines for hobby oenophiles!
More common, however, is to actually ferment your own grapes, store them, and create a true wine from scratch. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending upon the type of wine you’re making and what flavors you want to elicit from it.
Homemade Wine Recipes
Many beginning winemakers don’t realize that most winemakers, just like gourmet chefs, follow a recipe. Part of the fun of making your own wine is getting to create this recipe yourself, but if you’re just starting out, your first time through it can be a lot easier to follow an existing plan to make sure that you cover the basics and wind up with a high quality, drinkable wine!