I love creating wine from wine making kits!
The precisely measured ingredients, the well tested instructions, and the high quality juices create an environment where anyone can make a delicious homemade wine.
Some would say that the wine made from a kit isn't any good, or that it's not really making wine, but I disagree. Winemaking from a kit is easy, the variety is nearly endless, and I personally have made some stellar kit wines.
Wine that I would put up against a commercial bottle any day of the week!
A wine making kit is simply a package containing all of the ingredients that you need to make a batch of wine. With a kit in hand, you simply need to break out your equipment, unleash your spirit, and make some wine.
Traditional kits are designed to produce 6 gallons (approximately 30 bottles) and the dessert wine kits are designed to produce 3 gallons.
A wine kit typically comes with the following :
Some of the higher end wine kits will also come with the following:
There are a number of reasons to make wine from a kit:
Don't be fooled by the low cost to making wine from a kit. The wine you make can be very, very good.
I routinely taste test my wine against commercial wines in the $20-$30 range, and nearly always find that my kit wine is just as good or better. Often times, a lot better!
Pairing a good wine kit with your creative spirit will yield an outstanding wine. One that you will be proud to share with your friends.
When choosing wine kits, there are two primary considerations.
The first consideration is the type of wine that you would like to make. Nearly every grape varietal is available in a kit, not to mention a myriad of interesting blends.
You can readily purchase kits for traditional grape wines (red, white or rose'), dessert wines (port and sherry), and wine coolers.
Don't be afraid to branch out and try things you might not have considered in the past. I have always loved big, bold red wines, but have ventured into a variety of other things since discovering kits. White wines and dessert wines have become a favorite to make, and wine making kits have made the discovery process fun and easy.
The second consideration is the amount of juice that comes with your kit. Kits come with 23L, 18L, 16L, 15L, 12L, or 10L of juice. The less juice that comes with your kit, the more water you will have to add.
The volume of juice in your kit will determine the following:
One of the best kit wines I ever made was a 23L (all juice) Chilean Malbec. It was delicious (I still have about 15 bottles aging) and the cost was about $4.00 per bottle. I was amazed at the richness, body, and taste of this wine, and planning on making several more bottles.
Wine making kits don't typically come with the equipment you will need. As noted, the kits come with just the required ingredients. To actually make the kit wine, you will also need wine making equipment.
There is also one primary drawback in making wine from a kit. Since the kits come with premeasured everything, you may not learn as much about wine making as you would making a country wine or making wine from fresh grapes.
Learning the science and art of wine making can be a lifelong process. If you are really interested in learning to make wine, I would encourage you to take the time to really understand what your kit ingredients are and why they are important to the process. I would challenge you to really understand the steps in the process.
There are many wine kit manufactures out there today. In fact, there are so many that it might feel overwhelming knowing which one to choose, and where to start. To make your choice a bit easier, I have narrowed the list of wine making kit makers to just four, and will provide reviews and experiences as I make wine from kits produced by these brands:
Kit wines are designed to give you the best opportunity to make a quality wine. If you follow the instructions, you are virtually assured success.
With that being said, I would encourage you to stretch yourself a bit and experiment. Add some oak when the instructions don't call for it. Blend a couple of wines together and invent something completely new and unique.
Follow your heart and your instincts, and take your kit wine to a whole new level.
Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about your successes in kit wine making!