Making your own wine is not only an affordable way to serve alcohol at your reception, it also gives you more opportunities to customize your wines to better fit your style. Here are some of the many options available when you make your own wedding wines:
Your Choice of Varietals (i.e., wine type)
We have kits available in many of the same varietals and blends that you’ll find at the liquor store – from Amarone to Zinfandel, and everything in between. Our most popular choices for weddings are crowd-pleasing reds like Cabernet Merlot (a smooth wine with great well-balanced flavour) and Cabernet Sauvignon. For whites, Pinot Grigio is always at the top of our list – it has been our best-selling white for years, and pairing perfectly with most foods. If you have a specific preference, or a favourite commercial wine, we can usually find a match or recommend similar varietals.
In addition to standard kits we have many limited release vintages and richer wines that are excellent for cellaring (if you have time to make your wine in advance, they’ll improve with age). We also have some unique options for more seasonal selections. Fruit wines are great during the summer (they blend nicely in custom-cocktails or signature sangrias), and specialty wines (ice wine-style & port) are elegant choices for winter weddings.
Customizing your labels allows you to use wine bottles for a variety of additional purposes. For example, some couples use them as guest books (by having guests sign the bottle that the couple will open on their anniversary), menus, or as table number signs to help guests find their seats for dinner. By far the most popular reasons for customizing labels, though, is to dress up the bottles you’ll give as thank you gifts or favours. Click here to see examples of labels our customers have made.
(Hint: our Pinterest boards have tons of great ideas if you’re looking for inspiration for label design or for incorporating wine bottles in your wedding décor!)
Most of our couples opt for standard 750mL Bordeaux bottles in green or clear , or 375mL “splits” for favours and bomboniere (we include the first 30 bottles per batch for free in our Wedding Wine Packages). If you have your heart set on something specific, though, you can always source & bring your own bottles. Just be sure to let our staff know, beforehand, so that we can make sure that our corks and shrinks will still work with your selection (or find alternates).
As part of the process, you’ll be able to taste each of your batches of wine before you bottle them, so you’ll be abe to make sure that your wine is exactly what you were hoping for. Many of the wines from our kits have won awards at winemaking competitions, so we’re confident that you’ll be very impressed. But if, for any reason, you’re not thrilled with the results, we’ll offer a hassle-free replacement or refund to make it right.