Winemaking: Tips For Buying Your First Wine Kit

9Wine has been a part of man’s life since ancient times. This is made true with the countless reference to it in ancient texts and even the Bible. From ancient Egyptian civilizations to the great Roman Empire, from Christ’s birth up to the 21st century; wine has been part of man’s journey. Wine making has been practiced for thousands of years in many cultures all around the world. Today, we can find a wide variety of wine with excellent quality and taste. Today’s fine wines are a result of the knowledge, experience and craftsmanship of the vintner as well as the quality of the soil, the sunlight, and the grapes themselves.

Before buying a wine kit, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

* One of the only wine-producing countries that do not export juice for home wine making is France. Several years ago, France raised a legal challenge to the use of the names of some of its protected wine regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy on the wine kits of other countries. Those names have now been changed and each manufacturer kit is a different one. The kits may say “in the style of Burgundy” or “compare to Burgundy” which will give you a hint as to the kit’s nature.

* In general, the smaller the kit size, the lower quality the kit.

* The more that grape juice is processed and concentrated, the more of its natural flavor compounds it loses and the more water has to be added back, creating different flavors.

* Some of the most common wine kits available in the market are the Wine Coolers Kit, 10-12 Liter Kit, 15-18 Liter Kit, 23 Liter Kit and Dessert Wines Kit.

* Wine kits are produced by dozens of manufacturers in hundreds of styles and grape varieties. Some grape concentrates found in kits are more concentrated than others; un-concentrated juice is now available in kit form.

* Some kits take four weeks from start to bottling and some take six weeks or more. Always read and follow the instructions on each individual kit.

The most important question to ask when choosing your wine kit is “What type of wine do you like to drink?” Do you like red wines, white wines, fruit wines, light body, full body, sweet, dry, etc.

The idea of producing wine at home can be overwhelming and daunting. However, home wine making today is a fast-growing hobby and is something that is really satisfying and rewarding. It is also great to know that there are now a plenty of effective guides and home wine making kits. With the quality of today’s wine kits improving all the time, there’s no doubt that you can make wine from grapes grown around the world in the comfort of your own home.

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