Q: My friend makes really good wine and I am considering starting myself. What do I need to get started?

A: Most new winemakers actually get started because they have tried wine made from our kits. We offer a starter package of equipment consisting of everything you will need to process your first wine kit. 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. Just follow the step-by-step recipe included in the ingredient kit and you are guaranteed to make fine wine. Of course, we also have a state-of-the-art On Premise Winery, where we do most of the work for you and you need purchase no equipment. Simply choose the type of wine you wish to make, mix the ingredients in the store (takes about five minutes) and return 6-8 weeks later to bottle the finished wine using modern bottling and corking equipment!

Q: How long will I have to age my wine before I can drink it?

A: Your wine will be very palatable soon after you bottle (approximately two weeks*), 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 find how it softens and matures. *Note that longer term, more complex wines will greatly benefit from further bottle aging, and it would be a waste of your money to consume shortly after bottling. Our staff can provide you with aging guides for each brand of wine kit.

Q: What are the best conditions to make wine?

A: Fortunately, great wine can be made in most household environments. 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. Best temperature range is 65 – 75 F. (18 – 24C.).

Q: What are the best conditions to store wine?

A: If you intend to age your bottled wine for a long time, it is important to have a cool environment with a temperature range of 50 – 64 F. (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. Note also that direct sunlight as well as vibrations eg. fridge or furnace, should be avoided.

Q: Can I really make wine that tastes as good as commercial wines?

A: For over 45 years, our customers have resoundingly told us that the wine they make from our kits ranks with commercial wine costing much more. We invite you to blind taste the wine you make with comparable commercial wine. We believe you will be very pleased with the comparison. Wines made from our exclusive kits have won many, many competition medals over the years.

Q: How do I know what quality of wine kit to purchase?

A: Our business is built on helping you craft a wine very similar to the commercial wine that you like at a fraction of the price. Our trained staff will make suggestions based on the quality and price point of the retail wine you purchase, as well as how soon you wish to enjoy your wine. That being said, we strongly suggest that when you get started, you make the highest quality wine kit appropriate for your needs. The overall cost savings are well worth it and you will have wine that tastes like fine commercial wine at a fraction of the cost!

Q: How many bottles does a kit make?

A: Most kits make 23 litres (6 US gallons) or about 30 x 750mL 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!

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you.

Email us: winekitzcharlottetown@bellaliant.com

Phone: (902) 894-9403