In-Store Winery

We are pleased to offer state-of the-art on-premise winemaking. Read on for more information about this convenient, popular service!

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Click for larger image of the winemaking process.

THE CONCEPT

In-store winery services are known by various names: U-Vint, U-Brew, Brew-on-Premise, Brew-on-Site, etc..

Employing state-of-the-art technology, we bring the entire winemaking process to you in a step-by-step format that guarantees consistent, excellent results.

From choosing and mixing up your wine kit to bottling, everything is done at our fully eqquipped in-store winemaking premise, so you get to do the fun stuff and we do the work.

START | DAY ONE: Select the wine kit of your choice (that was easy!).

Your wine-to-be begins in a primary fermentation bucket; you will add the winemaking yeast and stir the contents.

That’s it!

We’ll move it into the ‘in-progress’ section of the store with many other full pails and carboys. In four to eaight weeks, depending on your wine kit type and store scheduling, it will be time to come back and bottle your finished wine.

During this time, your wine will progress through fermentation and clearing; store staff will perform many necessary tasks, which include hydrometer readings, several rackings (transfers), stabilizing, clearing and the final step of filtering the wine in preparation for bottling.

FINISH | BOTTLING: You may bring your own bottles to re-use, or you may purchase new wine bottles in-store.

Bottling is a great time to share the experience with your friends who may be interested in making wine (or who have been drinking yours). It’s easier with two people, and a great way to introduce someone to the concept. We even offer ‘bring a friend’ incentives so both of you can save even more money!

NOTE: In-Store Wineries and the Law

There are several Provincial laws by which we must abide when operating in-store wineries. For instance, store owner or staff are not permitted to bottle wine on a customer’s behalf. Wine will be set aside until the customer can come in and bottle it personally.

Several basic Provincial laws we must all abide by:

  • Winemakers must be of legal drinking age to use in-store winery services.
  • Wine sampling prior to purchase is not permitted.
  • Wine sampling prior to bottling (the day of) is limited to 170ml (five ounces) per batch by the winemaker whose name appears on the contract.
  • Winemaker’s assistants must be of legal drinking age.
  • Exchanging wines on–site with other winemakers is not permitted.

When paying for your kit and the in-store winery fee, you will be asked to sign a bailment contract, which for legal purposes moves ownership of the soon-to-be wine from the store owner to you, and acknowledges that you are making wine for personal use only (not for resale).

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you.

Email us: info@winekitzburlington.ca • Phone: (905) 631-6609

Cork Recycling Program: We have continued the program first established by the Girl Guides to encourage people to save their used corks. We collect them at the store and take them to Jelinek Cork in Oakville where they use them to make cork products, thus requiring less production from cork trees. For each large garbage bag we take them they send $15 to Carpenter House, a hospice offering palliative care in Burlington. The cork products they make can be seen at the Cork House in Oakville. We ask anyone bringing corks in to make sure that only cork is recycled. No plastic “corks” allowed.