• Price includes your choice of a 5 gallon William's California Wine Kit, a $74.99 value!
• Easy corking with the included two lever wing corker - no frustration like with plunger corkers
• Easy bottling with the Siphonless Fermenter valve and filling tube - no need to use a siphon to fill each bottle
• Unbreakable secondary fermenter is perfectly sized to mature your wine without oxidizing air contact
• Wine bottles are not included - recycle your own used 750ml wine bottles and save money
Winemaking is a deceptively simple process; just mix your varietal grape juice with yeast, and let it ferment for four months before bottling. Unlike brewing, which requires you to boil malt with hops to create fermentable wort, winemaking does not require a boiling pot, forced cooling, or delicate liquid yeast cultures to produce great wine. Great wine does require good quality varietal grape juice, undiluted by added sugar or generic concentrate, and it also needs extended aging periods of 3 to 6 months for whites, and 6 months or more for reds.
Our Home Winery includes everything you need to make wine making easy and satisfying. The Siphonless Fermenter with invert tube transfer valve makes it easy to complete the initial 25 day stage of fermentation, and the unbreakable PET carboy with airlock and valve makes the following secondary fermentation easy.
Other supplies include Brewer’s Edge® Cleanser, for cleaning your fermenters and bottles, stirring spoon, a precision hydrometer (needed to know when your wine has finished fermenting and is safe to bottle), hydrometer jar, 4 feet of transfer tubing and a siphon, and all needed airlocks and stoppers.
Which William’s California Wine Kit to choose? If you like reds and want something that is ready to drink in 6 months or less, pick the rich Petite Sirah or for a lighter red, Pinot or Merlot. For whites, Riesling can be quite good after only 3 months in the bottle, and Viognier has a smooth fruitiness that develops quickly with touches of pear and apricot in the finish. Our whites tend to be a bit sweeter, fuller in body, and slightly darker in color than many commercial white wines, due to the warm climate of Lodi where the grapes are grown.
Wine bottles are not included - you will need 24 750ml wine bottles per 5 gallon batch. If you are a wine drinker, just clean and reuse 750ml bottles.
Making your own wine is satisfying and easy. As long as you ferment great juice, keep everything clean, and give it enough time to age, you will get great wine. Another benefit is the cost savings; the cost of our William’s California Wine Kits works out to under $3.50 per bottle.