What motivates you to make your own homemade wine? Is it for that feeling of knowing you’re participating in an ancient art that has been practiced for thousands of years? Is it so you can control the aromas and flavors of your wine and not worry about whether or not you’ll like the wine when you pop that cork? Or maybe you’re just trying to save a little money by making it yourself? Whatever your motivation, making your own homemade wine is a time-honored hobby that is beneficial on so many levels!
Here's three reasons why you should be making your own wine. These are the reasons that seem to stand out to most people.
- First, it’s cheaper to make your own wine than to continually have to restock your wine cellar through regular visits to the wine shop. You can find inexpensive bottles of wine in the store, but their quality is hit or miss, and by making your own wine, you’ll know it’s good once you’ve got your rhythm down. On average, actually good bottles of wine in the store are going to cost you between $15 and $30. Again, you can get good wine for less than that, but it’s not as common and you really have to know your brands at that point.
If you add up the cost of the wine making ingredients for your homemade wine and divide it up by the number of wine bottles it produces, you’re paying significantly less per bottle and per sip than you are the majority of the inexpensive good bottles of wine at the store. So, you should be making your own wine from a standpoint of cost, alone.
- The second reason as to why you should be making wine, you have total control over what the finished product becomes. You have carte blanche over what your finished wine will taste like and over the style of wine it will become.
And realize, commercial wines are not immune to possessing faults, so even if you make a mistake, be comforted in the fact that it is very possible you could have just as easily purchased a bad bottle from the store. Once you get your winemaking technique down and you have all the right wine making ingredients, you can create a wine that you know you’ll enjoy every time you pop that cork.
Finally, making homemade wine can be really easy! Sure, it’s scary to think about it if you’ve never done it before, but there are many great resources available to you for free.
One great starting place is our How To Make Wine page. This page puts the whole wine making process in a nutshell. There's also some great wine making recipes available to you. And, as if one couldn’t make it even easier, taking advantage of all the great winemaking kits out there will help making your own homemade wine a piece of cake! Currently, there are over 160 grape juice to choose from, collected from all over the world.
So as you can see there are many great reasons why you should be making wine. Not to mentions that your own homemade wine is a great thing to share with family and friends.
Do you make wine already? Share with others why you make wine in the comment section below!
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.