Wine Making

Service Packages

Choice

  • Takes 4 weeks to complete
  • Contains 6 – 8 litres of juice and concentrate
  • Includes corks, labels and shrinks
  • Makes approximately 30 – 750 ml bottles

Select

  • Takes 5 – 6 weeks to complete
  • Contains 8 – 12 litres of the highest quality juices and concentrates
  • Includes corks, labels and shrinks
  • Makes approximately 30 – 750 ml bottles
  • May contain dried grape skins and/or oak

Premium

  • Takes 8 weeks to complete
  • Contains 14 litres of superior quality varietal grape juice and concentrate
  • Includes corks, labels and shrinks
  • Makes approximately 30 – 750 ml bottles
  • May contain crushed or dried grape skins and/or oak

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Wine Making Process

1) Primary Fermentation

The first step in making any of our wines is putting the ingredients together in a primary fermenter. Bentonite, juice, and any additions such as oak chips, elderflowers, elderberries, raisins or grape skins are added at this time.

Filtered water is then added to a level of 23 litres. The amount of water added depends on the kit being made. Our four-week kits require the most water, while the premium eight-week wines require the least. All kits make approximately 30 bottles of finished wine. The final step in the primary fermentation process is to add the yeast.

2) Racking

The mix created during primary fermentation then sits for up to 14 days to allow for fermentation to take place. The wine is then transferred, or racked, into a carboy for the next stage.

3) Degassing

After racking, the wine needs to be degassed. Degassing removes carbon dioxide, which causes carbonation, gives the wine an acidic taste, and prevents the wine from clearing properly.

4) Stabilization and Clearing

At this point, finings (ie. sulphites and potassium sorbate) are added to the wine to aid in the clearing of the wine, preparing it for filtering.

5) Filtering

Filtering is the final step, and creates a clear, beautiful wine ready for you to bottle.

6) Bottling

Time for the fun part! You can use bottles you bring in yourself, purchase bottles from us, or use wine bags – it is completely up to you. The most important thing to remember about bottling your wine is making sure you have clean bottles and bags. Labels and shrinks (coloured toppers) are always part of the package if you are interested.

7) Storing and Aging

The lighter, fruiter, four-week wines can be consumed right away. However, if you have chosen a full-bodied eight-week wine, letting the bottle age for a few weeks to months will help the flavour exponentially.

Bottles should be stored in a cool, dark environment, and be allowed to sit upright for 1-2 weeks to let the cork settle, before storing it on its side to keep the cork a little wet.