Below are some common questions about winemaking, along with some basic information. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you!
Q: My friend makes really good wine and I am considering starting myself. What do I need to get started?
Most new winemakers actually get started because they have tried wine made from our kits. At Wine Kitz Sidney you have two exciting choices…you can make wine in your home: it doesn’t take much space, and we offer a starter package of equipment consisting of everything you will need to process your first wine kit. Just follow the step-by-step recipe included in the ingredient kit and you are guaranteed to make fine wine. All of the equipment is re-usable and high quality; once you have your equipment kit, it is a simple matter of choosing the type of wine you wish to make each time. Alternatively, you can choose to take advantage of our convenient in-store winery: you choose the type of wine you wish to make, mix the ingredients in the store (this takes about five minutes) and return 4-8 weeks later to bottle the finished wine, using our modern bottling and corking equipment! We have everything you need to craft high-quality wines at home or in-store, and we stand behind our products. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Q: Is my home suitable for making wine?
Fortunately, great wine can be made in most household environments. As mentioned above, you don’t need a lot of space. Most winemakers make wine in the basement or in the kitchen, as it is handy to have a water source nearby. The best temperature range is 18 – 24°C. Because you are working with a kit, there is virtually no odour involved.
Q: How long will I have to age my wine before I can drink it?
Your wine will be very palatable soon after you bottle, particularly if you decant the wine for an hour or two before serving. As the wine ages in the bottle, you will be excited to discover how the wine softens and matures. Our staff can provide you with aging guides for each brand of wine kit.
Q: What are the best conditions to store wine?
If you intend to age the bottled wine for a long time, it is important to have a cool, dark environment with a temperature range of 10 – 18°C. In this range, the wine will gently mature at an ideal rate. If the storage conditions are warmer, the wine will mature rapidly so avoid prolonged aging.
Q: Can I really make wine that tastes as good as the best commercial wines?
Absolutely! For over 60 years, our customers have resoundingly told us that the wine they make from our kits ranks with commercial wine costing much more. Additionally, Wine Kitz wines win numerous international medals each year. We invite you to blind taste the wine you make with comparable commercial wine; we believe you will be very pleased with the comparison.
Q: How do I know what quality / level of wine kit to purchase?
Our business is built on helping you make wine very similar to the commercial wine that you like. Our trained staff will make suggestions based on the quality and price point of the retail wine you purchase.
Q: How many bottles does a kit make?
Most kits make 23 litres (6 US gallons) or about 30×750 mL bottles. To a newcomer, this may sound like a lot of wine but keep in mind that, if you are like most winemakers, you will likely give some bottles away because you are so proud of the results!