So you want to make some wine? Good on you. There is no better way to learn about wine than to make it.
But let’s say that, like many of us, you lack the capital to invest in prime vineyard land, superior winemaking facilities, fancy consultants, brand designers and distributors. Welcome to the club. Fortunately, there is a way to dip a toe into the wine world and make your own wine without spending a fortune. And great wine at that.
“Our goal is to enable wine enthusiasts and amateur winemakers to access world-class grapes and facilities so that they can make world-class wines,” said Philip von Burg, the owner of The Wine Foundry in downtown Napa, Calif. There you will find a full-service winemaking facility designed to make winemaking dreams a reality.
The Wine Foundry provides a series of complete soup-to-nuts winemaking experiences for a variety of customer needs and desires. Prices range from a low of just under $5,000 a barrel for a labeled and bottled custom made rosé, to as high as $20,000 a barrel for cabernet sauvignon sourced from grapes from a premium Napa vineyard with your bottles capped with a wax seal. A barrel produces 25 cases, or 300 bottles of wine, so you are looking at a price of $20 to $80 per bottle depending upon your selection.
The Winemaking Process
At The Wine Foundry, you select the style of wine you want to make, purchase grapes from quality vineyards, crush and make your wine as you choose, and then store it in oak barrels until it’s ready. The Wine Foundry will also help you design a label for your wine, bottle it and, ultimately, market it. Then, who knows, perhaps your Wine Foundry-made cabernet will get a 90+ score and…
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