What is on premise winemaking?
Let's start off at the beginning.
Wine is made from grapes. At a winery, the grapes are crushed, and pressed, and the juice is gathered into a large vat (called a fermenter). Natural yeast, which was on the skin of the grapes, is now free to begin fermenting the sugars in the juice, turning them into alcohol. After the fermentation has finished, the winery drains the wine into a sealed container where it can clear and age. Once the wine has cleared, it gets filtered, put into bottles, corked, labelled and boxed. Sounds easy, right?
Well, it is. We left out some of the details, but in essence, that is how wine is made. And, anyone can do it. With the inception of On Premises Winemaking facilities, it has become even easier.
Wine 'kit' manufacturers take the same grape juice, and pasteurize it so that the yeast doesn't activate. Often the juice is concentrated to remove the water, and is then aseptically packaged in bags or pails, preserving all the flavours and aromas of the original grapes.
When you start a "batch" of wine at a ferment-on-premises store, the concentrated juice is poured into a pail, and water added back, so essentially you have the same pure juice that the winery started out with. Add some yeast, and the next thing you know you have wine!
Step by step process
First of all, don't be intimidated... winemaking is a simple and fun hobby. Millions have done it in Canada already, and the first step is simply to drop in to Vin Go. We'll walk you through the process.
1. Visit Vin Go ... we're always ready to make wine, so no appointment is necessary.
2. Choose a variety of wine.
3. You'll add the juice to a pail (Primary Fermenter).
4.You'll add a package called bentonite (a preliminary clarifier).
5. You'll stir the must (unfermented wine is called 'must').
6. Then you'll add the yeast.
That's it! You've started a batch of wine!
1. Wait for 4-6 weeks (depending on the wine chosen)
2. We'll do the fermenting, clarifying, and filtering, and call you when your wine is ready to bottle.
3. You make an appointment to bottle the wine.
1. Bring in your empty wine bottles. We will sell you brand new bottles if you require for $1.15 each. A batch of wine is always 23 litres... which works out to 30 x 750ml bottles or 2 1/2 cases!
2. We'll show you how to use our heavy-duty bottle washer, and vacuum filling machine.
3. Corking is easy with our pneumatic power corkers.
4. Shrink caps & labels are also included to add that final personal touch.
Wine Storage Tips
Here are some wine storage tips to ensure top quality wine:
- Store your wine upright for a few days. This will allow the pressure (from the corking) to dissipate so there will be no leakage.
- After that, you can store your wine upright, on its side or even upside down.
- Store your wine in a cool, dark place.
- Your wine should be stored where the temperature is CONSISTENT… Bright light, movement, and temperature fluctuations can negatively affect the quality of your wine.
- After you have fininshed each bottle, simply rinse the bottle with water and return neck down in the carboard case.
- Do not store your wine on heated floors.
- Do not put your wine directly on concrete floors, Put a thick piece of wood under the wine boxes.
- Do not "trunk-age" your wine. Please take it out of your car.