Homemade Wine Guides - a Review by Scott Tate

Making Homemade Wine is proven to lower your cost, increase your wine enjoyment - and is rapidly becoming a popular hobby of millions. Top quality wines can easily be made with the correct instructions. Free, online instructions have been available for a long time but always leave something out - usually key steps you need

Luckily, the last six months has seen a crop of Home winemaking guides, which show exactly how to make homemade wine yourself - using low cost materials, and with no technical knowledge required.

We decided to sit down and review these new guides - our key criteria were ease-of-use, affordability of materials, and speed of setup.

Overall, we were pleasantly suprised with the results - the guides evidently do work, and if you pick the right guide, you could well be up and fermenting your own homemade wine in a few hours.

We reviewed the most popular 11 wine making guides - only 3 met our criteria:

  • Sizeable Money Savings
  • - make quality wine for $1/bottle or less

  • Fast and Easy Setup - in only a few hours, even for novices
  • Affordable Set-Up Cost (well under $100)
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Our Choice : The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine 

Rating
9.8/10
Ease of Use
Money Savings
Customer Support
Environment Benefits

"Still the best Home Winemaking Guide in 2009..."

By far the easiest-to-follow guide we came across - our own experience says you should set aside maybe 2 or 3 hours to get fully setup.

This is the only guide that assumes absolutely no knowledge of winemaking. Impressively, our email question was responded to in under an hour (although it could take a little longer on weekends), and there is an unconditional 8 week guarantee.

Best of all, the equipment required is readily available and cheap - we were able to get access to all the things needed for well under $50(this guide even shows you how to get FREE fruit and grapes). Given that its proven to decrease your cost of wine by almost 90%, you could well recoup your investment in under a week.

Making homemade wine works with any type of fruit, grapes, flowers, or even vegatables. Aimed squarely at wine "novices", and still our top pick for 2009.

April 2009 Update : there is now a promotion running on the site, and it is temporarily available for $27 instead of $97 - AND, you get access to a big online library packed full of videos and other more advanced winemaking information - as such, we recommend ordering sooner rather than later.

The Verdict: Fast and easy setup; works for complete wine novices(but excellent for advanced winemakers, too); proven cost savings of up to 90% - our top pick

Rating 9.0/10
Ease of Use
Money Savings
Customer Support
Environment Benefits

Highly Recommended

2. All Winemaking

Our second pick uses the same information as our top pick - and again, we were impressed by the fast support, money-back guarantee and low setup costs.

The guide includes six bonuses (one of which is lifetime access to the home winemakers newsletter and evena kit decapper, arguably worth the cost of the guide on their own).

All in all, its a great package which means you can be enjoying massive savings for very little, very quickly. So why only four stars?

Well, perhaps we were spoiled by our top pick, but we found the price a little higher - and since cost is so important, we decided to knock off a star.

Rating 7.0/10
Ease of Use
Money Savings
Customer Support
Environment Benefits

Also Recommended

3. Guide to Home Brewing

The Guide to Home Brewing is our third and final pick, and it actually includes 3 separate courses to help you create your own Homemade wine, beer and other ales.

They report upto 95% savings over store-bought - and again, the guide was presented in a clear and easy-to-follow format.

The difference between this and the other two sites was simple, however - my support ticket was not responded to. A full, hands-on support system is vital if a relative "wine novice" is to set up the equipment, and here unfortunately it just wasn't there.

Where from here? We recommend The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine:
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