Our Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How do I get started?
A: There are three steps you need to take in order to get your winemaking experience started.
- Call today to make an appointment to come in for a tour and tasting.
- Decide on the type of wine that you would like to make.
- Place your order.
Q: How much does it cost to make my own wine?
A: The cost varies depending on the varietal of grape that you choose and the quantity selected. The quantity ranges from 1/2 of a barrel (which yields 120 bottles of wine) up to a full barrel (which yields 250 bottles). The average cost will range from $12 to $14 per bottle complete.
Q: When do I take my wine home?
A: The California grapes start arriving in late September. The entire process of crushing the grapes, pressing, and aging the wine takes about 9 to 10 months. During the summer months of July and August of the following year, bottling will take place and it is at this time that you will be able to take your wine home to enjoy. Chilean grapes arrive at the end of April, which means you will be bottling your wine in February of the following year.
Q: Are there any additives or sulfites used in your winemaking process?
A: We add only naturally occurring ingredients that help us in our winemaking process. We add a minimal amount of sulfites, which is necessary because of its antimicrobial ability. We add red wine yeast due to the control it gives us over the fermentation process. There are many strains of yeast that are present on the skins of grapes, so we want to have control over which type is dominant.
We add yeast nutrients to help the rehydrated yeast become better acclimated to its new environment. We add tartaric acid when necessary to boost the acid content of the must or wine. This is very important when it comes down to the overall taste of the wine on your tongue.
Q: How long does the entire winemaking process take?
A: The entire process takes about 9 to 10 months.
Within that time period, you will come in about 4 times with each session, lasting about 2 hours.
- The first time is to come in to crush your grapes.
- A week later you will come back to press the grapes and put the wine into your barrel.
- In late January or early February, you will rack your wine.
- In July or August, you will return to bottle your wine and take it home.
Q: What types of wine can I make?
A: We offer a wide variety of wines that you can make. We have both red and white wines that range from single varietals to blended varietals. For the more advanced winemaker, we will work with you to come up with your own customized blend.
Q: Does your facility provide customized labels?
A: We provide all the tools to make your very own personalized label. Our staff will work with you to create, design, and print out your own unique label. Remember, unlike other facilities where you are only allowed one label per barrel, we allow up to 4 different labels per barrel.
Q: Can I make the wine by myself or do I have to come in with a group?
A: While you can definitely come in by yourself, most of our winemakers bring family and friends and make a party out of each visit. We encourage you to treat our facility as your backyard, basement, or garage; the way you used to make wine with your family. Our goal is to help you carry on your family traditions.
Q: Where do the grapes come from?
A: We get our grapes in the fall from California. We harvest from the Lodi region and from the Sierra foothill region of Amador, Eldorado, and Lake counties. We also get grapes in the spring from Chile.
Q: How do I store my wine once I get it home?
A: The most important thing to remember is to place your wine in an area where the temperature stays pretty constant. The optimal temperature is between 55 and 65 degrees. The bottles should also be stored on their sides so that the cork does not have the opportunity to dry out.
How Do I Get in Touch?
Make Wine With Us is the perfect place to have a birthday party, family gathering, or corporate team-building outing.
If you would like to book an appointment for a tour and tasting at our Wallington, NJ facility, please call us at 201-876-9463 today!