How long does it take?
Once you choose the style it takes only minutes to start your wine. Then 4 to 8 weeks later (depending on the quality level you choose) bottling single batches will take less than 20 minutes with our 2 bottle fillers.
What do I have to do?
All wine making is done here at our store under our sterile and controlled environment. You only need to start the fermentation of your wine and return 4-8 weeks later to bottle and taste your selection — using our speedy automatic equipment.
What does it cost?
Pricing will vary based on the category of wine selected. It starts at $125 for our starting 4-week level and goes to $210 for the ultra-premium for 30 bottles — so you do the math! In each category you’ll be saving a bundle compared to comparable store bought quality.
What is included in the price?
Pricing includes the wine, corks, color shrink caps, stock labels and all taxes. Bottles are priced separately. Bottles cost is $1.00 each for standard 750ml bottles.
What’s 4-week vs. 6-week vs 8-week mean?
Each category makes virtually the same amount of finished wine. However, there is more fresh juice content as you go up the scale – meaning also the length of time it takes to make. Think of orange juice from concentrate vs. orange juice from freshly squeezed. (By the way, we don’t sell any full concentrate wines at Urban Vintner even though we could.) Also, as you go up the scale, the juices come from specific countries and then specific regions within each country of origin. Basically it’s the old adage, “you get what you pay for.”
How many bottles will I get?
Your vintage will yield approximately 29-30 standard (750ml) bottles. Ultra premium wines yield 28-29 standard bottles.
Do I need an appointment to make wine?
An appointment is only needed for bottling it. Bottle it at lunch and you’ll still have time to eat!
What will I do with that much wine?
You will make a lot of friends! Most customers who ask this question return a short time later and say that most of their wine is gone. A great idea is to make multiple selections with friends and family to build a cellar with many different styles that complement the food you serve. Every individual batch produces a quantity of 23 liters (5 imp. gallons). Specialty wines like Ice Wine or Port produce 15 regular 750 ml. bottles.
How and when do I pay?
You pay for your wine selection at the time you start it. We accept Master Card and VISA, as well as debit cards and cheques. Bottles can be purchased when you come in to bottle. New bottles are a buck each and a great idea. The peel & stick labels easily come off for repeat use.
Stock peel & stick labels are included at Urban Vintner. However, if you would like custom labels we work with Cambridge Press to meet all your design and printing needs. They can be contacted directly at http://www.cambridgepress.com/ to organize labels.
How do I know what wine to make?
With over 100 varieties available, we’ll help you narrow the choices down to a few. If you have a favorite commercial variety, just let us know and we will do our best to find something comparable!
Taste satisfaction guaranteed or we’ll make you another selection free!