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Make your own wine

By Jeff Smith |
Need a new bacchanalian hobby? Home winemaking is an eco-friendly triple score: side-stepping fuel-intensive transport, offering an endless life cycle for those heavy glass wine bottles, and supporting local and organic agriculture when you buy green ingredients.
Making your own wine curbs pollution linked to long-distance transport of wine and cuts down on wasteful packaging associated with store-bought wine (think heavy glass bottles).

Find it! Winemaking suppliers

Like a painter needs a brush and canvas, a home winemaker needs a fermenting bucket and carboy caps. Below is a sampling of the many vendors offering the compulsory paraphernalia required in the art of home winemaking. Basic starter kits are also available for those not yet ready to enter the more esoteric realm of malolactic bacteria and liquid champagne yeasts. The Joy of Home Winemaking also offers a thorough listing of suppliers of home winemaking equipment and accoutrement.

Before you buy

Learning the art of winemaking takes time and access to information. You'll want to seek specific how-to instructions from the experts — and make sure it's a hobby you can handle — before purchasing equipment and supplies. Find out how to make your own wine from start to finish with resources like:

Making your own wine helps you go green because…

  • It diminishes your carbon footprint by eliminating the need for highly polluting, fuel-intensive long-distance transport of domestic and imported wines.
  • It cuts back on the cycle of waste produced when purchasing heavy glass wine bottles. You can use bottles over and over again when making wine at home.
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