Making your own wine & cider is simple and affordable! Choose your varietal and initiate the fermentation process. In 4-8 weeks you will be sipping on a brew you are proud of!
A 4 week wine is designed to produce wine relatively quickly, and typically involves a shorter fermentation period and a simpler, more streamlined process. These kits often use concentrated grape juice and may require less aging time, resulting in a wine that is ready to drink sooner than an 8 week.
An 8 week wine typically requires a longer fermentation period and may involve more complex steps such as racking, adding secondary ingredients and clarifying the wine. These wines use higher quality grape juice and grape skins, resulting in a more complex and nuanced wine with a greater depth of flavor. It will also require longer aging before it is ready to drink, so be sure to give it time in the cellar.
Our Cork It crew members are wine experts! We are dedicated to figuring out what type of wine or cider will best suit your palette. As a customer, you are required to pay for all ingredients before starting the fermentation process and sign the necessary documents. You will then pour the juice into a primary fermenter, add water, applicable wine additives, and sprinkle the yeast to initiate fermentation.
Voila! You’re on the path to making your very own wine! Its that easy! We take care of the rest until the bottling process.
Approximately 14 days later, we test the wine using a hydrometer to measure alcohol levels. When the fermentation process is complete, we rack the wine from our primary fermenter into a carboy. We add clearing and stabilizing ingredients and let the wine settle for another 14-28 days depending on the wine kit you’ve chosen as each process is different. Barrel aged wines will be an additional 3-6 months.
When the wine becomes clear and the sediment has settled, we will then rack the clear product and put your wine through the final process of filtration to ensure there is no sediment.
When your wine is ready, we give you a call and you can book an appointment . You will sterilize your bottles using our bottle washing system to ensure they are sanitary before filling. Our automatic bottle filler and corking machine are convenient and easy to use.
Once you’ve corked your bottles, you can choose one of many labels and shrink wraps to finalize the packaging. Get creative! Our customers are proud to show off their dressed up bottles while entertaining their guests! Ask about making custom labels for weddings and events $20 per batch (30 labels) The best part of course is enjoying a glass or two of your wine, the longer you age your reds, the better they get!
Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours
1427 Crown Street
North Vancouver, BC V7J 1G4
Tuesday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Long Weekends