If you’re thinking about making your own wine at home, you’re preparing to enter a world of fun, experimentation, self-satisfaction and craftsmanship that humankind has enjoyed for thousands of years. As a hobby, home winemaking has many benefits.
1. In vino veritas: The most obvious benefit is the wine itself. There are reasons wine has been the subject of prose, poetry and even biblical stories for centuries. It has complex flavors and aromas, complements many meals and is able to add life to a party.
2. For your health!: Wine is considered healthy, too. Drinking red or white grape varietals provide a host of health benefits, which were first scientifically identified with research into the “French paradox.” The French have a lower rate of heart disease, despite a diet heavy with cheese and fats. The reason, researchers found, is the amount of wine they drink with their cheese.
Since the paradox was first identified in the 1980s, other research has been conducted into the health benefits of drinking a moderate amount (one or two 4-ounce glasses a day) of wine. Some of the health perks include:
- Reduced risk of heart attack and heart disease
- Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Lower risk of stroke
- Reduced risk of colon cancer
- Slowed decline of brain function with age
When you make the wine yourself, you know exactly what’s in it.
3. Reduced cost: Once you make the initial investment in equipment — which doesn’t have to be expensive — you’ll save money because you won’t be paying others for your wine. Local wine shops, such as Quality Wine & Ale Supply offer reasonably priced starter kits, as well as the equipment you’ll need to make wine long term.
4. Gift giving: Giving homemade wine to friends and family isn’t just an act of frugality. Homemade gifts are special because they’re made with personal time and attention. That’s love. Naturally, there’s an ego-boost when the gift recipient showers you with praise on the wonder that is your wine.
5. Fulfillment: Home winemakers get satisfaction and pride knowing they are drinking something they made themselves, and that they are engaging in a craft that has created pleasure for wine drinkers and vintners alike for thousands of years. Winemakers have fun with their hobby as they read about different techniques, test varieties of grapes and other fruits and plan their next batch.
6. Friendship: Making wine at home opens the door to a whole community of potential friends. Home winemakers love to share what they’ve made and sample wines made by others. Tasting events for homemade wines occur in many communities.
Of course, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of pouring your own wine into a glass, relaxing and thinking to yourself, “I made this, and it’s good!”