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How much work is involved in making wine?

Making your own high quality wine is easy at Richmond Winery. You can even make your own wine from real grapes without any mess on your bare feet! All you have to do is choose the fresh juice for the type of wine you want to make. We'll help you put the juice into a fermenting container, and we do the rest. Your wine will be ready for bottling in four to eight weeks, and in the meantime we'll keep a close eye on your wine, making sure it ferments properly. At Richmond Winery we use only fresh juice never sugary concentrates watered down to make our wine, because that's the way Mother Nature intended wine to be made!

What kind of wine can I make?

At Richmond Winery you can make just about any kind of wine imaginable. Whatever your taste, we can help you create a special blend that's just right for you. Your wine can be dry, off dry or sweet, oaked or unoaked - You tell us your preference.

We offer more than 100 different wines. Will that be an naked Chardonnay for early enjoyment? A big fat Cabernet Sauvignon for long term aging? Which country would you like your grapes to come from?

What about bottling? How does that work?

Bottling your wine is an easy process. You bring your own wine bottles, or we can provide brand new bottles. Used bottles need to be rinsed and sterilized. You can fill the bottles quickly and easily with our new automatic bottler (four at a time if you're feeling ambitious). Then we'll show you how to use our instant automatic corker (of course you don't want screw-on caps for your wine!). You can put decorative "shrink-wraps" on the the top of your bottles for that professional look at no extra charge. If you like, we can even make custom labels for your wine bottles. Bottling a single batch of wine (30 bottles) can take as little as 10 minutes to 30 minutes if you're bringing your own bottles in to reuse and spending a lot of time crafting your custom label.

How long before I can drink my wine?

Wine, especially red wine, as you probably know, usually gets better as it ages, so the longer you wait to consume it, the better it will be. Our standard corks will allow you to age your wines for four to five years if you're the patient type. We have also have premium corks that are designed for even longer aging. However, some of our wines are specially blended to be potable right after bottling.

So how should you treat the ageing period for different Winexpert products? The answer depends on many factors. For example, using a long high quality cork or adding some extra sulphite at bottling will extend the maximum age period. Thus, use the following as a general guideline only:

How much does it cost?

Our prices depend on the type of wine you're making. Wines made from fresh juice range from $85.00 to $199.00 per batch (30 bottles), depending on the type of wine. See our wine price pages for more information.

How many bottles does a batch of wine make?

Each batch of wine produces 23 liters, the number of bottles you end up with, of course, depends on how big your bottles are. A batch of wine usually results in 30 standard bottles (750 mL).

How/where should I store my bottles?

Wine should be stored on its side, also in a cool, dry, dark place such as a wine cellar, basement, or even a closet.

Don't forget to give your empty bottles a quick rinse, then put them aside without a cap (they can also be reused) and bring them back to sterilize and reuse on your next visit to Richmond Winery.

Does my wine have a shelf life?

Since we use minimal sulphites (preservatives), the shelf life of most of our white wines is about 2 year from bottling time, up to 3 years for reds. Red wines have natural preservatives from the grape skins (tannins) that allow them to last about 6-12 months longer than white wines at the same level. For these reasons, we include a 2-3 year cork with every batch. If you wish to keep your wine longer than a year, we recommend upgrading to our premium Synthetic cork to allow your wine to last up to 5 years.

My wine appears to have sediment! What do I do?

We guarantee that your wine won't have any sediment, so please call the store right away. Sediment has the appearance of light, fluffy powder. If you have a wine with small, hard crystals (resembling salt, sugar or sand), you have a wine with wine "diamonds". This ocurrs in our higher level wines, due to a higher level of tartaric acid. Once aged, this acid slowly forms diamond-shaped crystals in wine. They are completely harmless, but a nuissance in your glass. Simply decant your wine slowly, leaving the crystals behind, and then pour the last few ounces through a coffee filter. We do add an ingredient called metatartaric acid to help prevent the formation of crystals in our wines, but sometimes they still do occur in our high-end varietals.