What is a red wine kit?Red wine kits are kits that you can buy in order to make wine at home. Generally speaking there are four types of wine kits:
- Pure juice red wine kits
- Fully concentrated grape juice wine kits
- Partially concentrated grape juice wine kits
- Red wine kits that combine both juice and concentrate
Buying red wine kitsYou can buy red wine kits online or in specialist stores. They are available in many different styles and can produce many different types of wine. Prices can vary widely depending on the quality and origin of the kits - grape juice or grape juice concentrate from a quality, named region or producer in Spain or France will be more expensive than a kit that is generic and offers non-specific information about its origin such as “European wine” or “EU-grown grapes”. Shop around, and you may find red wine kits from about €20 to €150.
Making wine with red wine kitsEach red wine kit will come with its own instructions and specifications, so there are no catch-all rules. If you do buy such a kit, read the instructions carefully to ensure you get the best possible result. Generally it is a relatively straightforward and clean process that is relatively easy and approachable. Learn more about making red wine with wine kits here.
Red wine made from red wine kitsWhat does red wine made from kits taste like? In truth, it varies. Some will be fantastic, some will be awful. Where you buy your kit and the extent to which you follow the instructions will influence the taste of the final result, certainly. Ultimately, a good kit wine will depend on the quality of the kit itself and how well you make the wine. As such, it’s a little risky. As a hobby or pursuit, by all means make wine at home. If you’re entertaining guests, have a special dinner or are presenting an important gift, however, we suggest that you don’t take the risk and instead consider an already-bottled wine, from a quality region and quality producer!
What to drink instead of kit wineWhy not take that cash you would have spent on a red wine kit and instead buy a quality red wine from an established producer? We like the Ribera del Duero region (producer Vega Sicilia) as it offers excellent quality at different price points. Instead of an entry-level kit, try the top-selling Pesquera Crianza from Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera, or at the higher end look at Pago de Carraovejas Reserva 2004, which will not disappoint!