It’s no secret that we’re major beer aficionados here at Great Fermentations. But what you might not realize is that we also love wine and the art of home winemaking. If you enjoyed our post on the top 10 reasons you should brew your own beer, we think you’ll find our argument (this is a friendly argument, of course) on why you should make your own wine just as convincing.
Take a look at these top 10 reasons to make your own wine and let us know how we can help you get started. Leave a comment at the end of this post with your questions about making wine and share your own reasons why home winemaking is the best hobby ever invented!
1. IT’S INEXPENSIVE.
Making your own wine is much cheaper than buying bottles from the grocery or liquor store. Once you cover the upfront costs of all the supplies and equipment you’ll need to get started, making additional batches can cost as low as $3.00 per bottle. That’s a deal!
2. IT’S EASY.
Really, we promise. Making your own wine is easier than you think. In fact, many find it easier than brewing your own beer. Most wine-making kits come with step-by-step instructions to follow. The basics won’t take you long to master, and once you have them down, you can start experimenting and playing with more complicated winemaking recipes and formulas.
3. IT’S A STRESS-RELIEVING HOBBY.
There’s nothing more soothing after a long day at the office than to come home and get lost in your home winemaking practice. Okay, maybe that’s just us, but winemaking itself can be a very relaxing activity. It requires enough focus that you’ll forget about your other stresses and to-do’s, but is simple enough that you won’t get frustrated with the process.
4. YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH WINE TO SHARE.
One batch from a home winemaking kit yields at least five bottles of wine. If you start making your own wine, you’ll always have bottles of your own creation to enjoy with family and to share with friends. Now, you’ll always have a unique gift to give to the host when you attend parties and other social gatherings.
5. YOU’LL GET TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW-TO-YOU FLAVORS.
When you buy wine from the store, you probably go for the varieties you know and trust. But honestly, how many more bottles of your favorite California Red Blend can you buy until you’re sick and tired of it?
When you make your own wine, you can start experimenting with different flavors and blends to come up with your own unique creations. Winemaking is a lot like cooking. Once you know the basics, you can spice things up and improvise as you go.
6. IT’S ECO-FRIENDLY.
Instead of throwing away or recycling your store-bought wine bottles, you can reuse them to bottle your new homemade wine! Once you get rolling with your own home winemaking process, you’ll find yourself reusing the same bottles over and over again. All it takes is a little soap and water and your bottle will be as good as new.
7. YOU’LL MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
Making wine is a great way to make some new friends. Whether in person or online, you won’t be able to help yourself from connecting with others who also love the craft of winemaking. One of the best parts about getting into winemaking is sharing your batches with others once they’re complete.
8. YOU’LL HAVE FUN DOING IT.
We almost forgot … making wine is fun! Who doesn’t love learning something new and working on a new craft? Plus, the feeling you have when you finish your first successful batch and pour the first glass of your very own wine is a feeling that can’t be rivaled.
9. IT’S A GREAT CONVERSATION STARTER.
Now, you finally have an answer to that annoying, frequently-asked-question. Instead of replying with a boring “nothing” or, “oh, you know, same old,” you’ll have an exciting new topic to talk about.
10. YOU GET TO DRINK IT!
Come on, you didn’t think we’d forget about the best reason, did you? One of the main reasons making your own wine is so great is because when you’re done making it, you get to drink it! Invite the neighborhood over, it’s time for a wine-tasting party. Are we invited?
SO, ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED?
If so, we’re ready to help! Take a look at our affordable, all-inclusive winemaking kit, perfect for jumpstarting your new hobby as a winemaker. And as always, you can give us a call or stop by one of our stores to learn more and get advice on making your own wine.