Frequently Asked Questions
"Can I make wine that is as good as store bought brands?"
Yes. It may help to remember that store bought brands have been aged at the winery before being shipped to your store. You may need to allow the wine you make to age for a few months before it will be at its best.
"Is it expensive?"
Not at all. The prices for our most popular wine kits range from US$95 to US$165 and yield approximately 30 bottles. This means you can have a bottle of quality wine for around CI$3.00-5.00, including the cost of bottled water to reconstitute the kits and corks.
"I've never done any winemaking on premise, what do I need to know and how much work is required of me."
The process of making wine on premise starts with choosing the type of wine you want to make and what quality of wine kit you want to use. We assist you at all times to whatever extent required. If you prefer, you can have no obligations until the wine is bottled and ready to take home, or you can do it all yourself. In that case, you would mix the ingredients on week 1, rack, fine and de-gas on another week, and when you arrive for your bottling appointment, you would sanitize your bottles and fill & cork them. You can even give them a professional finish by applying labels and shrink caps, if you like. We provide all the necessary equipment and assistance for you to accomplish this with ease.
"How long will it take?"
We offer you the choice of 4-week, 5-week, 7-week and 8-week wine kits. Our 4 and 5 week wines are made from the finest blend of grape juice and concentrate. They are usually ready to drink in a few weeks after bottling. Our 7 week wines are made from premium quality grape juice blends. They are fuller bodied and require a longer aging time (at least 2 to 3 months). Our 8 week wine kits, with 100% varietal grape juice from country-specific vineyards, have re-defined the quality expectations of the advanced winemaker and the wine kit industry alike.
"What kinds of wines are available?"
Please see our Wine Kits page.
"What is the alcohol content?"
The alcohol level in our wines range from 11% to 14.5%.
"Are wine kits dry or sweet?"
Our wine menu has sweetness indicators next to the wine names. Most of our wines have a dry finish, but we can adjust the levels to your taste. Just ask.
"Can I clean my bottles when I come in to bottle?"
No, your bottles should already be clean, as we provide time and equipment for sanitizing already clean bottles. Thoroughly rinsing a wine bottle very soon after it is empty, soaking it for a few minutes to remove the label, if desired, and draining it completely eliminates the need to spend much more time cleaning bottles that are left to the last minute. HINT! Store the clean bottles upside down to avoid contamination by foreign objects, dust, insects etc.
"Can I store my wine in the Wine-On-Premise where I made it?"
Sorry, once your wine is ready to be bottled you need to bottle and remove it to your home within a reasonable length of time (30 days). This is required by the availability of containers and space to put them in.
"What are Tannins?"
Tannin comes from the skins, seeds, and stems of the grapes, and also from wood. It gives wine its longevity and character. Tannin is also found in strong tea.
"What about wine with food?"
The fuller flavoured the food, the more full-bodied the wine should be. A simply prepared chicken can match well with a light bodied white wine. If you add a rich cream sauce, then a medium to full-bodied white may be preferred.
"What about wine with cheese?"
Similar to how milk softens tea, cheese serves to round the tannic tastes of wine. Brie with sparkling wine is a good combination. Blue cheese overpowers most wines except dessert wines.