Stages of Wine Making

You will have the opportunity to pick grapes from a Finger Lakes vineyard and participate in all stages of wine making, including:

Grape Picking
You will roam the vineyard and pick enough grapes to ultimately make your 2013 wine vintage

Crushing
Once you pick what you need you will then participate in crushing and de-stemming the grapes into a mash.

Pressing (whites)
You will next press this mash into clean juice and add the yeast and other necessary ingredients (must).

Fermentation (whites)
At this point in the wine making process the must will need time (several weeks) to complete the conversion from grape juice to wine. This will occur under our watchful eyes in our company wine cellar.

Fermentation (red)
At this point in the wine making process the mash will need time (several weeks) to complete the full conversion to wine. This will occur under our watchful eyes in our company wine cellar.

Pressing (red)
After the initial fermentation (primary) of about one week, you will then press this mash into must which will then continue to ferment (secondary fermentation) for several weeks.

Fining
On two occasions over the following several months you will return to our wine cellar to transfer your wine to a clean vessel (rack) and check the progress of your wine.

Bottling
This final stage includes transferring your wine from vessels to individual bottles (.750 L.), capping your bottles, and affixing your personalized labels.

Enjoy Your Wine
Whether you enjoy it alone or share with family and friends, you will have bragging rights... You are now a home wine maker!