Item #: K70
Our Price: $69.99
In Stock, Will Ship On 06/04/2020.


Making your own wine is satisfying and easy.  As long as you ferment great juice, keep everything sanitary, and give it enough time to age (3 months or more for whites, 6 months or more for reds), you will get great wine.

Here at William’s, we have developed our William’s California Wine Kits with this philosophy in mind. Our Kits include 192 ounces of pure California varietal grape concentrate, condensed at temperatures that never exceed 180 degrees F. from Central Valley wine grapes picked at their ripe peak in the late Summer and early Fall. To complement the varietal juice, specially selected dry wine yeast, oak chips, and nutrient are also included as needed. Unlike many wine kits featuring added sugar, this 192 ounces of pure concentrate is all that is needed (except for the yeast and addtives) to produce 5 gallons (24 bottles) of varietal wine.

This Merlot kit will produce a full-flavored red wine with a softer character than Cabernet Sauvignon, yet richer than Zinfandel. A very popular grape that produces a rich red that matures a little faster than Cabernet. An excellent choice for those who like smooth red wines, with a bit less dry tannin and boldness than Cabernet.

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Average Rating:
(based on 22 reviews)

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by Mike miller
on 6/13/2018
from Colorado
Wine kit
Very easy to make. Won't know how good it is for another three months. Liked what other people said about this product.
by George
on 1/23/2018
from Wichita
It takes a full year
But your patience will then be rewarded. This is a consistently good wine, but it takes a full year of conditioning in the bottle to take the edge off.
by Doug S
on 11/30/2016
from Alabama
I already made the 2.5 gallon Merlot and we enjoyed it so much that I ordered the 5 gallon kit.  It has been fermenting for only  two weeks now but everything is going smoothly and I expect the same great results as before.  The only hard part is the wait time for the aging.
by Thomas
on 4/9/2016
from Enola
Fine Merlot Kit
I have used this kit a few times, as well as a few of the other reds, and I have really enjoyed all of them.
by Thomas
on 5/24/2014
from Sugar Land, TX
great merlot
I have made this kit for years, and it has been a hit every time. Once I made this kit and the resulting wine was to sweet.  Don't know why.  I did not change anything in the brewing.
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Ana Luisa
4/24/2020 3:22:44 PM
I'm going to bottle red wine in a beer bottle with caps. How much space I leave between the wine and the edge of the bottle?
About an inch is fine.
Ana Luisa Garza
2/12/2020 11:42:09 AM
it's the first wine I make and I forgot to measure the initial density, about what's the DI. I also want to know if you're going to have the siphonless fermenter soon. Thank you.
The starting gravity of the Merlot is around 1.100.  We have discontinued the Siphonless Fermenter, and have the Brewcraft Fermenter in its place. See our item Z16
Christie S
2/14/2019 9:46:03 AM
Newbie - Got our kit. Can you tell us what supplies we need to buy to start the process. IE: syphons, plugs, fermenter's. We got the 5 Gallon kit
You will need the items we have in our home winery You can use plastic T-corks instead of regular corks and save some money not having to buy a corker or real corks. 
Jim Daum
3/25/2018 5:15:24 PM
Is treated city water OK to use, or must you use untreated water in the wine making kits?
A good rule of thumb is if the water tastes good, use it. If the treated city water does not taste as good as bottled water, use bottled water (do not use distilled water).
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