FAQ

How long does it take to make a wine?
Depending on the wine you choose, it will take between 4 and 8 weeks to complete the winemaking process.

Can I make wine that is as good as store bought brands?
Yes! Winexpert sources juices and concentrates from all over the world and follows the same process as a winery, just on a much smaller scale. For the best wine, allow your wine to age in the bottle. The longer you wait the better it will become (if you can wait that long); however, your wine will be most enjoyable if you drink it within about a year.

Is it expensive?
Not at all. We offer a wine for every budget. Because you are making the wine yourself, you save the high tax rates associated with beverage alcohol. In fact, our wines can be made for as little as $5 per bottle, making it very affordable compared to store-bought wine.

How do I make my own wine?
First, you need to decide if you will make the wine yourself at home, or at our facility.

If you decide to make it with us, you will first select your wine—we can recommend a great style based on what you already like to drink. Then we will prepare your juice and you will sprinkle the yeast. Over the next several weeks we will carefully follow all of the necessary steps to create delicious wine. When your wine is complete, you return to bottle it. You can either bring your own bottles that are clean or purchase new bottles at our store. After bottling, you can apply your choice of bottle label (standard or custom) and top it off with a matching shrink top.  Better yet, unbottle it and join the rising bag-in-box movement!

Alternatively, if you make your wine at home you will find that it is still easy and rewarding. Of course, you’ll need a bit of equipment to get started. The equipment is inexpensive and pays for itself after your first couple of batches. We offer starter kits with everything you need all in one box. All of our kits come with step by step instructions and will take about 4 hours of your time spanned over the course of a few weeks. The process can vary slightly from wine to wine, but generally, there are 4 basic steps:

  1. Primary Fermentation
  2. Secondary Fermentation
  3. Stabilizing and Clearing
  4. Bottling

What is the alcohol content of the wines?
The alcohol level in our wines varies by style and ranges from 11% to 14.5%. Our specialty dessert wines are as high as 17% and our Island Mists are lower at 6%.

Do Winexpert kits make sweet or dry wines?
We offer both dry and off-dry wines. We can help you choose a wine that is as dry or as sweet as you like.

Have another question? Email us at info@valleyvinestowines.com