Grape & Hop Shoppe tutors budding brewers through the art of crafting grape-spawned varietals. The Wine Making Experience yields customers 30 bottles worth of grand cru table wine (a $72 value) plus processing (a $40 value) from a choice of eight grape varietals, including merlot, pinot noir, pinot grigio, chardonnay, Italian red, shiraz, chianti, and riesling, all excellent for sipping by the glass or by the hat-full. Facilities and equipment include an ageing room, two bottling stations, wine aerator that enhances flavour and mellows acidity, corks, and customizable labels to commemorate special events like weddings or Baby's first wordplay. Bottles (regularly $30 for 30) are not included in this offer, though Groupon customers receive 25% off bottle purchases or can bring in their own.
Yonge Street Winery offers custom-crafted artisan wines, quality crystal stemware, and stylish storing solutions for both the fervent wine enthusiast and the casual dabbler in the drinkable grape. The winery's custom winemaking experience offers guests the chance to compose their own flavourful libation over the course of about a month and a half. The process begins with customers meeting with Yonge Street Winery's consultants to choose one varietal from the extensive list of varietals imported from vineyards around the world. After the initial consultation, which lasts approximately 10 minutes, clients will turn over the red-and-white reins to the winery's grape wranglers, and they’ll bring the blend to flavourful fruition over the course of approximately a month and a half. At the end of the process, clients will return to package and take home all 23 litres of the libation (about 30 750ml bottles), leaving the winery with the smug smile seen only in victorious vintners. Included in this deal are labels, foils, tax, corks, and corkage fees. Bottles are not included in this deal; you may bring your own, or purchase some from the winery for $1.25 each.
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh was founded in 1952 by Orville Johnston, and is currently helmed by his children. During tours of the farm, patrons traverse a landscape dotted with cranberries and Muskoka Lakes Winery. At the winery, guests sample fruit-based libations during a tutored wine tasting. Wilderness trails cut through the property and are open year-round. During the winter, visitors can hike them wearing cross-country skis, snowshoes, or old-timey tennis racquets on their feet. Youngsters can also enjoy the farm—though the winery is off limits to them—by joining in on scavenger hunts or wielding nets ideal for catching critters when the weather is nice.
For 20 years, The Brew Kettle has let beer, wine, and cider aficionados bask in the pride of making their own beverages without the hassle of using their own equipment. The process begins as libation experts help customers browse the more than 200 beverage kits to choose their favourite style, whether it's a murky stout, a refreshing riesling, or a blend of several flavours. Once they've made their choice, customers mix the ingredients with yeast, then hand off their developing creation to staff members so they can monitor it for proper fermentation and a passable Belgian accent over the following weeks. Once it's ready, the experts filter the newly born beverage and help the customer bottle it, label it, and ferry it home to enjoy.
At The Wine Place, would-be vintners can mix and bottle their own reds or whites using varietals from around the world. Visitors can choose a vino-to-be from a selection of wine kits derived from grapes grown in such locales as South Africa, South America, California, Italy, and the mythical land of Shangri-La. Once guests have decided on a variety for their batch—including cabernet sauvignon, syrah, pinot gris, and more—friendly, knowledgeable staff members help pour nascent libations into a large jug, mix in crucial ingredients, and stir.
The interior of Anna William Wine Making looks a little like a vintage kitchen and a little like a science laboratory. That's because the operation is a little of both. Inside the lemon yellow room, walls are lined with shelves bursting with fermentation buckets, giant spoons, and all the necessary equipment guests need to make their own wine. In just four-to-six weeks, guests can produce enough wine to fill 30 bottles or a small jacuzzi, and staff are well versed in many styles of wine, from cabernet sauvignon, to Chilean malbecs.