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.
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.
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.
Markham Heritage Wines began its evolution in 1965 as Wine-Art, a company that supplied the materials for customers to ferment wine in their own homes. In 1987, it rolled out its first four-week wine kit, a compact collection of everything needed to produce wine within a single month. Eventually, technology changed and so did the business owners, so they sold Wine-Art and founded Markham Heritage Wines as an all-purpose supplier and educational venue for aspiring bottlers who just can’t bring themselves to forgo buying a rocket car in favour of buying a vineyard.
On Markham Heritage Wines’ premises, wine experts guide neophytes through the process of mixing wines from simple grape juices, flavouring them with oak chips and other additives, and bottling the newly created vintages. Each batch of wine needs to be looked after for four to six weeks, during which time the experts rack, stabilize, clear, and filter the liquid before singing it to sleep each night. Clients then return to bottle their wine using automated equipment, label the bottles, and apply decorative shrink tops.