Ever wanted to set up your own home winery? Welcome to the club! There are a lot of benefits to doing this. For example, you can save money and get better quality wine. But before you start investing in bottles and corks, check out this step-by-step guide.
This will teach you everything you need to know about how to set up your own home winery!
Why you should set up your own home winery
It’s much cheaper to make your own wine, compared to buying it. In fact, you can make your own wine for the same cost as buying an $11 bottle of wine at a restaurant. There are also a lot of benefits to making your own wine.
A huge benefit is you can be really picky about what you put into the wine. You can make it as sweet or as dry as you like. You can also make it a blend or only create a single wine from grapes. You can create a home winery from very little money.
You can start by buying a $30 wine fermenter, a $30 wine refrigerator, and $50 worth of grapes. You can easily make enough wine to keep you happy and put a little extra aside for wine accessories. Another huge benefit is you can stay focused on the wine.
Equipment you need
First off, you need to start by picking out some suitable equipment. There are many options out there so there are really only a few “must haves”. You want a wine press. This is a thing that you use to crush grapes. This is a thing that you use to crush grapes.
You also want to use a fermenter. It’s a big barrel with holes in it. You fill it with grape juice and then ferment it for a couple weeks. It’s a big barrel with holes in it. You fill it with grape juice and then ferment it for a couple weeks.
And you want a bottling bucket to put the wine in. This is usually the last step before you bottle the wine. When you think about it, it’s a lot of stuff you need to get. It can be quite expensive! First off, you need a press.
You want to start storing the wine as soon as possible. The longer it sits, the more chance there is for the yeast to start to settle in and start producing alcohol. You don’t need to store the wine in your basement or cellar.
You can store it in cool, dry areas like the garage or basement. Keep in mind that wine yeast like temperatures between 55° and 65°. We store our wines at a temperature of 55°. After the wine is stored, you can enjoy your new wine.
I do this by fermenting it in the garage. I simply let it sit there until it starts to smell like vinegar. I then throw the wine out. Cellaring wine is the most delicate stage of the winemaking process. The longer you wait, the more risk there is for the wine to go bad. There is no proven science behind cellaring wine.
Registering a business name
For now, you’re going to be making wine at home. There’s really no need for anything other than a name. But, we’ll get into that in the next section. Register a name with your local government. Then, you’ll have to register your name with the state or country where you’ll be doing your business.
There are other details that come with registering a business name, but we’ll focus on the basics. Decide on a name At this point, we’ll need a name. Pick a name that you think will stand out on the shelf. A great name will encourage people to want to taste your wine.
Or if you want a cute name for your wine, go with Strawberry Flamingo! This one is certainly unique! This name may seem hard to get to you, but if you remember one thing, it’s to pick something that people won’t understand.
Where to buy equipment and wine
Choosing equipment: this is probably the most important part of your winery, since if you don’t have the right equipment, you can’t make wine! For example, you need a proper wine press to start making wine. If you can’t afford a commercial wine press, this is the next best option.
An affordable press like the Braun SLF33W, which is what the series starts at, will get you started. The San Diego press is the next step up in terms of quality and price. Buying wine, labeling it, and shipping it: the business side of this whole thing! You need to have bottles to ship to customers or sell to wine stores.
There are plenty of wine suppliers who sell for a few dollars a bottle! This is the easy part. Label your bottles so that they look nice.
How to get started
1. Determine Your Equipment The main things you’ll need to get up and running are a hydrometer, a gravity meter, some spark plugs, and a compressor. Of course, you’ll also need your favorite bottle of wine, some tools, and some of the basic equipment.
Here are a few ideas for equipment: Gravity Meter: This will tell you the best time to harvest grapes, after the seasons first frost and during the early stages of fermentation. Hydrometer: You’ll need this to measure the density of the wine.
Spark Plug: You’ll need this for the wine tank. You can also use it to light the wine on fire for a little fun. Compressor: Your beer bottle recycling isn’t complete if you’re still using a carbon dioxide compressor.
Get the right supplies
So, you’ve decided that you want to set up a home winery. But before you can start making wine, you need to purchase some items. You’ll need a few things: Pour the Perfect Riesling Recipe What is a good recipe? I asked our resident winemaking expert, Jimmy LaFave. He recommended pouring a dry riesling, simulating a winery.
I’m not going to show you how to do that, but you can check it out here. Make a one-gallon jug Making wine in a six-gallon jug is easy. However, it takes about a month to ferment properly. So, you’ll want to make a smaller jug, which you’ll be able to finish fermenting within a couple of weeks.
This is a one-gallon jug from Red Rock Malts. It’s very inexpensive, but will make about three gallons of wine. You can also make these from more expensive wine bottles.
Pick your wines
You’re going to need a few things to start your own winery. But no matter what kind of wine you decide to make, you’re going to want to pick a few of your favorite wines. Start by looking up wines that are similar to the wines you want to make.
Then look at the ratings and reviews of those wines. Next, get the name of your winery and a domain name. After you’ve got a few names for your new winery, go ahead and purchase wine! Picking the bottles you’re going to get.
There are a lot of different options when it comes to wine bottles. You can go with big, vintages, rare or collectible bottles. You could even opt for smaller, or more affordable bottles. Just make sure that you have enough space for the bottles that you choose. But what you’re most interested in is the label.
Start small and work your way up
Just like many small business owners, I’m a fan of starting small and working my way up. This is a little like how you start a new gym in the first place. You start small and work your way up. My advice? You should start out with a pinot grigio. (Or heck, even a whitesomething.) And then you can get your palate accustomed to the various styles of wines that can be made with that varietal. Also, you’ll get the hang of making wine with grapes you’re familiar with, which will be a lot easier than when you start experimenting with grapes you’re not. Aeropress coffee makers are my favorite for making wine. They’re cheap and produce small batches. This is perfect for making a bit more than you could on your own, like a couple gallons at a time.
Just because your goal is to set up your own home winery doesn’t mean you have to quit your day job. It can also help you support a family or start a business. Just remember, it’s going to be very hard work. But if you’re passionate about wine, it will be worth it in the end! Find yourself a place to set up shop. You’ll want something sturdy with lots of space.
Plus, your home winery has to be located in a location with good local beer and wine, so you have an incentive to travel to your customers! Also, you’ll want to research the laws that are in place in your state. Most states have different standards and laws that pertain to home wineries. Have fun setting up your winery! Who knows, maybe you’ll even open a second location to serve out of.