Anyone out there make their own wine? I use to sell wine and wine grapes actually, I use to have a ton of grape vines growing in my yard. I was thinking of starting that up again possibly, it’s just so much work that I don’t really have time for; that’s my only issue. I personally had a lot of fun making wine over the years, it can become quite a chore but once you have a system down it’s well worth it; especially if you drink it regularly, it ends up making you money instead of costing!
If you’re unfamiliar with the process of making wine, I’m going to give you a quick run down of the steps involved:
Making Your Own Wine
- Most often grapes; because only they contain all the ingredients necessary to create completely natural wine, but often other types of produce such as: berry wine, apple wine, pineapple wine, and even things like beet wine and potato wine are used as your main ingredient.
- The selected fruit or vegetable must go through a crusher, although back in the day they would have a large grape pit that they would physically jump on and crush them themselves. The juice is then collected and submerged into open fermentation tanks.
- After the fermentation process is complete, clarification is needed, which is basically filtering out any dead yeast and proteins. Once this is complete the wine is ready to be bottled, and then aged.
- After the wine is bottled, you’re done! The quality increases more and more with age, and if it is aged in a barrel before bottled; oxygen will be exposed for longer creating a more pin-point flavor of the fruit or vegetable chosen.
If you’re interested in making your own wine, simply do a google search to find the details and timing of this process. It’s not hard, if it peaks your interest at all go for it, it can actually be a lot of fun.
I was lucky enough to have most of the wine making process looked after for me by different sources, so I never really had to put in a ton of effort besides clarifying and aging. My room mates would take care of the harvesting, crushing and fermenting. We also had an awesome irrigation company making sure all our vegetation was healthy and alive. It is a decent amount of work so it was nice to have lots of help. If anyone has any questions for me, or are looking for some tips then visit our contact page.