Winemaking Process

Why make wine? 

The Value

You can craft winery-quality wine for a fraction of what you would spend on similar store-bought wine.

It’s fun!

Socialize with other winemakers while you bottle your wine at Armstrong Wine & Brew’s state of the art bottling facility, or craft your wine at home with a group of friends.  You’ll meet new  people, share your passion and quickly realize why this has been a popular pastime for decades.

 The Convenience

Have a cellar full of wine for every occasion and food pairing right at your fingertips.  No more last minute trips to the expensive store!


Okay, so now you know why you should make wine, but how do you do it?

First, you need to decide if you will make the wine yourself at home, or at Armstrong Wine & Brew.

If you are making it here, you’ll first select your wine – we can recommend a great style based on what you already like to drink. We will prepare your juice with our Reverse Osmosis water and you’ll sprinkle the yeast. (That’s the Law) Over the next several weeks (4-8) we will carefully follow all of the necessary steps to create delicious wine. When your wine is filtered and ready, you’ll return to bottle it.  You can either bring your own bottles that are clean, or purchase new bottles at the store, or even bag it. After bottling you can apply your choice of bottle label that we can customize for you, and top it off with a coordinating shrink.

Alternatively, If you make your wine at home you’ll find that it’s easy and rewarding. You’ll need a bit of equipment, which is inexpensive and pays for itself after your first couple of batches. We offer starter kits with everything you need all in one box.  All of our kits come with step by step instructions and take only about 4 hours total over the course of a few weeks. The process can vary slightly from wine to wine, but generally there are 4 basic steps: Primary Fermentation, Secondary Fermentation, Stabilizing and Clearing and Bottling.

Experience craft winemaking for yourself and see why over 20 million bottles are crafted each year.


 Wine Storage Tips

Here are some wine storage tips to ensure top quality wine:

Do:
Store your wine upright for the first 3 to 5 days if you use original corks, we offer synthetic corks at no charge that can stay upright.
After that, store your wine on its side in order to keep the cork moist.
Store your wine in a cool, dark place.
Your wine should be stored where the temperature is CONSISTENT… Bright light, movement, and temperature fluctuations can negatively affect the quality of your wine. Consume quickly and return for more. Give bottles to family and friends to enjoy.

Do Not:
Do not constantly turn your wine. Red wines will sometimes dust (leave residue on the inside of the bottle). This is normal. Simply decant your wine.
Do not store your wine directly on a cement floor. Put a thick piece of wood under your wine storage boxes.
Do not store your wine on heated floors.