Sometimes doing something yourself is more rewarding, whether you're bottling your own wine or licking your baby's forehead clean like a lioness. Polish your craft with this Groupon.
$59 for 30 Bottles of Self-Made Reserva Wine ($129 Value)
After selecting a varietal such as shiraz, merlot, chardonnay, or riesling, aspiring winemakers mix the proper ingredients—including yeast, oak chips, and other flavouring agents—with grape juice. They then leave their batch to age in the store. Over the next few weeks, the store's wine experts keep an eye on the wines, performing necessary tasks such as filtration and temperature control. Guests come back to the winery about a month after their first visit to bottle their 23-litre concoction, personalizing it with custom labels and decorative shrink tops.
Customers can bring in their own empty wine bottles to reuse, which will be sanitized in the automated bottle washer, or they can purchase new bottles onsite ($1 each plus tax). The labels and shrink tops are included in this Groupon. The wine is ready for uncorking after two weeks in the bottle.
Though Markham Heritage Wines sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Markham Heritage Wines
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.