In part I of this two part series I went over a little history about homemade wine kits. In this part we’ll finish answering the question about how good these homemade wine kits are.
Today, homemade wine making kits have evolved into a practical and enjoyable way to make stupendous wines at home. Hundreds of thousands of home winemakers use these kits every year. The homemade wine instructions that come with them are very easy to follow, and all the additional ingredients you need are included. It’s really a fun way to learn how to make your own wine.
No Big Secret Here. What really makes these kits so great is the quality of the grapes that are used to create them. This is the key that allows the home winemaker to make wines as good, if not better than many of the commercial wines you find at your local wine merchant. A common phrase among the wine industry is, “No wine can be better than the grapes used to make it.” This mantra applies to home wine making as well.
So, Why Did I Tell You This Story?
I could have just said, “Yes, these are great wine kits, and you should get started right now.” But why would you believe me. I think it’s important to understand that these kits were not brought to market like some overnight fad. These kits have evolved through many years of tests and trials into something just short of phenomenal. Home winemakers have been relying on them for years as their main source for wine.
Test runs are done to tweak each lot of juice for perfect balance, stability and character. This is an incredible advantage over commercial wineries that have only one shot to get it right each year. The wine kit producers have taken away all these risk variables that the professional wineries have to deal with every year. Just follow the homemade wine instructions and you will end up with very predictable results.
The World At Your Feet. Typically a winery has at their disposal only grapes from their own vineyard, or at least, a vineyard that’s not far away. It’s the only way to keep their costs in line with the commercial wine market. Wine making kit producers have available to them grapes from all over the world. Because of the price you are willing to pay for these kits as a home winemaker, the wine kit producers are able to purchase the grapes, concentrate them, and have them shipped to their packaging facilities from almost any wine region in the world.
I Know It Was A Long-Wind-ed Answer, but one that needed to be said. I absolutely think that if more people understood the quality that was available to them at a fraction of the price of commercial wines, basement wineries would be popping up on every block in our county.
Happy Wine Making,
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.