For many the thought of “making wine” seems daunting and not worth it, we are here to clear that up! While making wine at home for the first time is a bit more ambitious, crafting your own wine at our location is very simple, enjoyable, and educational. Our professional wine making facility and trained staff are experienced in crafting excellent wines from scratch. So, what does making wine at Borrelli’s really mean?
If you are interested in drinking really great wine at more affordable prices than your local retailer, you have come to the right place. Making wine with us only requires you to select your wine (online or at our location) and come in to drop the yeast to start the fermentation. After that point our professionals take care of the wine until it is ready to bottle, that’s where you come back for a wonderful experience bottling your wine with our help!
Below we have created a simple and uncomplicated flow chart to help you better understand how the process works. Please remember you can make wine from our fresh grape juices all year round. We only have actual imported grapes available in September & October.
1. Choose your grape variety
Our juice list typically rotates monthly and is most extensive during the months of September & October, this is also when our fresh grapes are available. If you decide to make wine from juice it will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks and while it is very drinkable after bottling we do recommend additional aging between 2 and 6 months. Making wine from grapes requires an entire different process that usually takes 6 months to 1 year before you can bottle and is definitely worth the wait as it results in world class wines. You can choose your wine online or on-site at our Windsor location.
2. Starting wine contract
Technically speaking we are assisting you in making your own wine by providing a facility and professionally trained staff. This means you will need to sign a wine-making contract that gives us permission to assist you and also states that we are following the rules such as having you or someone you assign to come pour the yeast to start the fermentation and come back and bottle. You can sign this contract online to start the process and then come in whenever you are available to drop the yeast. Read the Ferment on Premise Contract here.
3. De-stemming & crushing
This step will only apply if we are crafting the wine from the raw grapes. A very fun and hands on experience that is optional. Once you select your grapes you can decide if you want to be part of the crush. Our state of the art Italian machinery will remove the stems leaving just the grape skins and juice for us to ferment. Once the primary fermentation is complete we then press the juice off the skins.
4. Dropping the yeast
This step is often mentioned and for good reason. Dropping the yeast is a legal requirement by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission. By participating in this step you officially become the wine-maker by initiating the fermentation. Congratulations, you’re even more talented than you thought! Note: if you are too busy or out of town you are allowed to designate someone else to perform these duties on your behalf.
After you have dropped the yeast your wine is handed over to the professionals. They will ensure the juice completes a healthy and strong transition into becoming a great wine. The batch will typically remain in fermentation for around 4 weeks.
8. Racking & filtering
Racking the wine means removing if off the sediment or lees, allowing the wine to naturally clarify. This may be completed twice before we run the wine through a light filtration process to give your wine optimal clarity and brilliance.
It’s time to taste and pick up your wine! Our clerk will call or email you as soon as the wine is ready and will book a bottling appointment at a time that is best for you. If you are bringing your own bottles, we recommend that you wash them at home, we will sterilize them once you are at our on-premise facility. At this point you can also decorate your bottles with labels and shrink caps if you like.
If you have any questions about making wine at our facility please feel free to contact us by phone, social media, in store, or even drop a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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