Winemaking FAQ

Do you have questions about our wine ordering process? Please find some answers to frequently asked questions below.

You can also contact us and we would be happy to help!

How many bottles do I get in a batch of wine?
An 11L batch will make 14 bottles, a 22L batch will make 28 bottles. Essentially, every 11L increment is equivalent to 14 bottles, ie. 14, 28, 42, 56, 70, 84, and so on. We have the ability to produce virtually any amount that you desire! We guarantee these amounts, and often there can be a bit extra that will amount to a bonus bottle(s).
What is included in your wine price?
The cost of the juice, our service charge for producing the wine, the corks, and all taxes are included in the price. We do not include bottles, labels or shinktops as those are optional items that you can decide to purchase at the bottling stage.
Where can I find your pricelist?
We have it right here. The first page is for wines made on site by us, and the second half is for just our juices that will be made at home by home winemakers.
How long does it take to make a batch of wine?
All of our wines take 6 weeks to produce in store. We consider a wine ready to be bottled once we have properly fermented, stabilized, and filtered it. We will contact you on the day that it has been filtered (typically a Monday or Tuesday) and we can arrange a bottling appointment that fits your schedule.
Can I get wine in less than 6 weeks?
We have tried in the past to speed up the process and we have found that it just does not work. We take great pride in our wines, and we have chosen not to sacrifice that for speed of production.
Can I taste the wine before ordering?
We wish! There would be nothing more that we would like to do than have our customers try a sample of wine before ordering, unfortunately it is not legal for us to offer that. It all comes down to how our ferment on premise license works.

We are able to have our customers try the juice that is used to make the wine. While this tastes nothing like wine, our customers can appreciate the quality of the juice and see that the wine has a very strong foundation to build upon.

I tried your juice and it was really sweet, will my wine be sweet?
Absolutely not! We ferment all of our wines to be bone dry unless specified otherwise. The reason our juice is so sweet is that the yeast we add to the juice converts the sugar into alcohol. The sweeter the juice, the higher the potential alcohol %.
What is the typical alcohol % of your wines?
The alcohol % of our wines differs between all of the varietals. They also change year to year depending on the growing season. Typically our whites range from 11-13.5% alcohol, and ours reds 12.8-14.5% alcohol. Feel free to contact us for further details about each varietals expected alcohol %
How long does this wine last for?
Under ideal circumstances, some of our wines can last as long as most commercial wines, typically from 0-10 years. We typically find they peak after 2-3 years depending on the wine.
Should I bother trying to age my wine?
Absolutely! It is almost unbelievable how much our wine can change with proper aging. We always like to compare our wines to LCBO wines, and one of the biggest differences is that you don’t purchase LCBO wine that are only 6 weeks old. We believe that if you give our wine a proper aging you will be amazed.
What is the best way to age my wine?
The best way to age your wine is to have it on its side in a temperature controlled environment. We find keeping the wine at a constant 10-16°C, with humidity around 70-80% in a dark room is ideal. That being said, our wine will age in most conditions. A basement is a great place to store wine. The biggest factor is you don’t want to let the wine change temperatures rapidly, keeping it at a constant temperature is your best bet.
Should I let my wine stand up before placing it on its side?
Just as a precaution, we like our customers to keep their bottles upright from 1 day to 1 week before placing them on their side. This just ensures that the cork remains in the bottle.
Can I bring my own bottles to bottle wine in?
Yes! We encourage our clients to bring in their own bottles to use. We are happy to bottle wine into any vessel, whether it be 750ml, 1L, 1.5L wine bottles. Or even gallon jugs, carboys, wine bags, etc etc.
What if my wine bottles were screw top, not cork?
No problem! Our corking machine can handle screw topped bottles with ease. A lot of our clients use screw cap bottles.
What if I don’t have my own bottles?
We have a wide selection of wine bottles here for sale. We charge $1.25/bottle. As an example, if you bring 10 of your own bottles for a 14 bottle batch, then we can top you up with 4 new bottles.
Could I use screw caps instead of corking?
You could, but we would not recommend it. The reason is, wines that are sealed with screw caps do not age very well. They tend to stay pretty much the way they were when they went into the bottle. This is fine for most LCBO wines, but it is not ideal for our wines that are fairly young. We want the wines to age, and cork is the best way to do that.
Do I have to wash my bottles before I bring them in?
Yes, we have an industrial washing machine here that will sterilize wine bottles with very hot water. However, it does not scrub or remove anything physically in a bottle. We recommend giving your bottles a quick once over before coming into bottle.
Is it ok if I am unable to come in and bottle my wine for a few weeks?
That is absolutely no problem. We don’t mind holding wine here for a little bit after we have prepared it. We typically do not want to have wines here any longer than 2 months after filtration. We are also not able to store bottled wine.
What if I don’t like my wine?
We’re sorry to hear that! In the rare case that this does happen, we can either make you something else, or return your money. We understand that it can be hard to order something without trying it, the least we can do is guarantee the quality of our product, which we do 100%.
I’ve had my wine for a number of months and have noticed some deposits on the bottom and or the side of the bottle. Is my wine ok?
Those are wine crystals, also known as wine diamonds. They are essentially a sign that your wine has been aging well. They do no harm to your wine and are perfectly normal. A lot of high end wines bought in vintages will have significant amount of crystals in them too, it is just part of winemaking. Cosmetically they are not the nicest thing to look at, and if it something you would like removed we are more than happy to re-filter your wine at no cost.
Can I make my wine with oak flavour?
By default we make all of our wines without oak. We do offer a complimentary oaking if someone asks for it. We can do a light, medium, or heavy oaking. We use American oak chips to provide the oaking for our wines.
Do you sell labels?
Absolutely! We carry a wide selection of pre-made labels that range in price from $2.95-4.95. We also have a custom label program where we can either design a label for you, or you can design one at home. Click here to find out more.
Do you have wedding packages?
We love to make wine for weddings here at KJ. We do a lot of weddings every year and always have a great time doing it. Feel free to contact us for a quote for your wedding, the one piece of advice we always offer is to get the wine started sooner than later. It just means more time for your wine to age.
Can I place an order online or over the phone?
We wish! Unfortunately by law, we require either you, or a friend and family member to be in store to pour the yeast to start your new batch.
Do you add sulphites to your wines?
We do. We add less than the majority of wines in the LCBO. Sulphites are an extremely important part of ensuring that wine stays in good condition. Customers have the option at bottling to add less sulphites, or even none at all, but we will warn you that it could lead to a dramatically shorter lifespan for your wine.
I typically get headaches from just a glass of store bought wine, will your wine give me headaches?
Typically headaches from wine come from drinking red wines that were fermented on the skins of the fruit. Most red wines bought in the LCBO have been fermented in this way. This gives the wine a stronger tannin base, but the skins of the fruit have a histamine that can give people headaches. Often these headaches are blamed on sulphites in wine, but actually sulphite allergies are quite rare.

Our wines do have tannin in them, but because we ferment juice instead of grape skins, there is significantly less danger of having a headache from our wines. The only headaches from our wines come if you drink a bit too much!

Are your wines organic?
Although we do deal with vineyards that practice sustainable and organic farming methods, because of the vast difference in Organic certification from place to place and country to country, we can not say ethically say that our wines are “organic”.

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