Is home wine making legal?
Since 1978 the Federal Government has made home wine making legal. However, there are some limitations. A household of two adults or more can make up to 200 gallons of homemade wine annually. Single adult households can make up to 100 gallons of homemade wine annually. You may also want to check with your state and local authorities to see if there happens to be any other local restrictions in your area on home wine making.
Can I make my wines sweeter than the wines I buy at the store?
Absolutely! When you make your own wine you get to make it the way you like it – sweet or dry. You can even control the wine’s alcohol percentage. Each batch is a reflection of what you think good wine should taste like.
Does temperature effect the wine?
Yes, wine has temperatures? As wine drinkers we are all aware of the importance of storage and serving temperatures and how that affects flavors and aromas, but temperatures also plays a major roll in the making of wine, from the arrival of grapes at
harvest until the final bottling at the end of production, making the thermometer a necessary winemaking tool.
What is the difference between Hybrids and Vitis?
The term “hybrid” refers to a new grape variety formed from the cross pollination of two different species of grapes. “Vitis” is the dominant worldwide wine producing specie with over 40 other species throughout the world.
Where is the next big wine region?
Peru’s total grape production is expected to reach some 325,000 tons in 2013, up from an estimated 130,000 tons in 2012, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported.