Making wine is simple – it happens all on its on. To our surprise, it’s almost dummy proof as long as you have the basic venues to store and let it do its thing – make wine. We thought, “With our patio covered in Saperavi grapes, why not give winemaking a shot?” The worse that could happen is…vinegar, right? Have you ever thought about making your own wine?
Georgia is not only thought to be the birthplace of wine making nearly 8000 years ago but also remains to be one of the highest quality producers of over 500 varieties of grapes. It is a fall tradition for families to make wine. You simply are not Georgian if you don’t make your own wine.
Like most DIY events or activities that happen in our house, we look for the most basic “savage” (I love that word, don’t you?) materials we can find to create these natural greatness that surround us at the moment. No need to get fancy, just get it done and enjoy the process.
DIY Red Wine
• 20kg/45lbs Concord grapes
• a pair of sanitized stomping feet
• 40 liter / 10-gallon stomping bucket
• 30 liter / 8-gallon fermenting jug
1. Stomp grapes in a sanitized container. Stems and all.
2. Using a colander, drain juice into a fermenting container. We used a 5-gallon plastic jug. Glass is better if you have it on hand.
3. Cover opening with plastic wrap, screw lid tight, and store in a cool place. (8-10 C/45-55 F)
4. Let ferment for seven days.
5. After seven days, restrain the wine into a secondary sanitized container leaving the sediments behind. Sterilize and wash your wine storage jug. Return wine juice to the jug.
6. Top with plastic wrap and screw lid tight.
7. Let ferment an additional 3-4 weeks then restrain liquid leaving sediment behind into clean secondary sanitized container. Repeat plastic wrap cover and tight lid screw on for another 4 – 6 weeks.
8. Once you’ve reached this point you have a couple options.
1.) Drink your homemade wine.
2.) Bottle and age for up to 1 year.