Making Wine


grenache.jpgGrenache from East Davis

  1. Grape Sources
    1. Davis Vineyards
    2. Grape Classifieds
  2. Informational Resources
  3. Equipment Resources
  4. Meyer Lemon Wine Recipe
  5. Concentrate Recipe

Yolo County has over 11,000 planted acres of wine grapes and hosts one of the world's premier viticulture and enology programs; Davis is a great place to make wine either commercially or as a hobby.

Grape Sources

Grape prices and availability change dramatically from year to year. Don't be afraid to ask a local winery or vineyard if they have any fruit available for home winemakers.

Informational Resources

Making wine is a relatively simple process of using yeast to convert sugar to alcohol. Like most simple processes there are thousands of pages of research published on the subject and at least as many opinions on how wine should and shouldn't be made. There are also a number of forums and instructional materials available.

Equipment Resources

yolo.jpgYolo County Fair Amateur Wine Comp. 2013

The Black Dragon Brewery in Woodland is the closest homebrew shop but is focused on beer and not wine. Same problem with Original Homebrew Outlet in Sac. Your best bet for price and selection is going to come from one of the mail order suppliers.

Meyer Lemon Wine Recipe

lemonwine.jpg I've only made this once as no one would give me lemons this year. But IMHO Sparkling Davis Meyer Lemon Wine is the finest beverage ever produced in this town.

Concentrate Recipe

For those of us who want cheap Alcohol without the hassle of showing an ID:

NOTE: Attempt this only at your own risk. I have a feeling you may go blind (the other cause).

The most dangerous thing about making your own booze is contamination of harmful bacteria which could give you some nasty food poisoning.aa

Actually, Arlen- There are no known human pathogens that will grow in beer or wine- so you wont get food poisoning from homebrewingELF

You can also try making [wikipedia]rice wine or brewing your own beer


Okay, so here's the deal. Get some sort of container for your wine, perhaps juice jugs, or anything that can be decently sealed up. I don't suggest using a bucket.

Next, mix in all the ingredients and stir 'em up, real good like.

Cover the top of the container (and really, the best is a jug) with plastic wrap and a rubber band. You want to keep all of the oxygen out, but you want excess carbon dioxide to escape. Sealing it airtight is not a good plan, unless you are trying to carbonate the wine.

Wait two weeks for fermentation, then strain out the yeast and chill! In my experience, the best batches have also stayed in the fridge for a few days to settle. Also, the best flavors that I've enjoyed are Cranberry and Cran-Raspberry, so I would suggest going with those. You can try your own, but just keep in mind that it could end in disaster. Trust me, don't try apple.

Note: It's a good idea to put it somewhere like the garage or hall closet... after a few days your brew will exude the smell of fermentation!!

(More on this later... I have to make sure of the sugar/juice amounts)

I had a friend who made wine in gas containers that he bought at the AM/PM. They are huge and sealable. Also, for sweeter wine, you can try making it out of Kool Aid and adding the yeast to that and don't let it ferment too long. It will be less alcoholic, but sweeter to the taste, so it can be a trade off. When I worked for a winery, we used cold settling to get the yeast out of solution. A coffee filter should help to get rid of the yeast after that. A bit of shaking can also help make your wine better to stir up your yeast. That nasty smell (rotten egg-ish) comes from the yeast, so don't breathe deeply, it stinks. —RohiniJasavala

This is a pretty sad page considering the fine enology program at UCD. If you want a real class about this, see Classic UC Davis Courses. Anyway, here are some points to be aware of:

- CaptainRush


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2008-06-22 15:46:15   I found recently that the [WWW]Purple Pearl Winery will provide customers with the fixin's for winemaking. This place has always been a wonderful winery in my opinion, as the proprietors are always helpful and fun to talk to. Check 'em out! —JoePomidor

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