Wine Making Kits For Beginners

Written by Simon in Making Wine
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If you are just getting started in wine making, you might be at a crossroads wondering which wine kit to buy.

In this blog post, you will find a wide range of wine kits with detailed specifications and general benefits of each.

The wine kits reviewed in this blog post are as follows:

  1. Winemakers Depot 3 Gallon
  2. North Mountain 1 Gallon
  3. North Mountain 3 Gallon
  4. Homebrew Ohio 1 Gallon
  5. Homebrew Ohio Upgraded 1 Gallon
  6. Master Vintner 1 Gallon
  7. Master Vintner 6 Gallon Starter Kit
  8. Homebrew Ohio Premium Kit
  9. Homebrew Ohio Deluxe Fruit Kit
  10. Strange Brew Wine Making Kit
  11. Vintner's Starter Winemaking Kit
  12. Master Vintner 1 Gallon Starter Kit (My Personal Choice)
  13. Winemaking.net’s Wine Making Starter Equipment Kit

Check out our video below on how to make wine at home in an easy way!

You can find my entire blog post about making wine here: “How Long Does It Take to Make Wine at Home”

Comparing Price, Wine Yield and Missing Equipment

To give you an easy overview, I have taken all the wine kits reviewed in this post and placed them in a table to give you a clear view of their prices, how much wine they yield, and what equipment is missing.

Note: You need to provide your own choice of fruit for all the kits listed, therefore this will not count as a “missing” piece of equipment.

PriceYieldMissing Equipment
Winemakers Depot 3 Gallon~$673 GallonsIngredients/Bottles/Corks
North Mountain 1 Gallon~$931 GallonBottles
North Mountain 3 Gallon~$1603 GallonsBottles
Homebrew Ohio 1 Gallon~$501 GallonCorks/Corker/Bottles
Homebrew Ohio Upgraded 1 Gallon~$551 GallonCorks/Corker/Bottles
Master Vintner 1 Gallon~$501 GallonCorks/Corker/Bottles
Master Vintner 6 Gallon Starter Kit~$1456 GallonsBottles/Ingredients
Homebrew Ohio Premium Kit~$996 GallonsBottles/Ingredients
Homebrew Ohio Deluxe Fruit Kit~$801-6 GallonsCorks/Corker/Bottles
Strange Brew Winemaking Kit ~$1606 GallonsBottles/Ingredients
Vintner's Starter Winemaking Kit~$1206 GallonsBottles/Ingredients/Corks
Master Vintner 1 Gallon Starter Kit~$851 GallonBottles
Winemaking.net Starter Kit~$1206 GallonsBottles/Ingredients


This table should now already give you a good idea about which kit is suited for you, and give you a clear answer to what equipment you need to acquire yourself outside the contents of each kit.

Continue reading if you want more detailed specifications about each kit!

13 Solid Beginner Wine Making Kits

There are many different wine making kits, with various amounts of equipment and/or ingredients included.

Below you’ll find many different wine making kits in various price ranges and with various equipment.

#1 Winemakers Depot 3 Gallon Glass Wine Making Equipment Kit

Price: ~$67

Where to buy: amazon.com

The first wine making kit is also a rather cheap one. This kit is priced at 66.99 dollars as of writing this blog post and contains the essentials needed to brew 3 gallons of wine at home.

The reviews of this kit on Amazon are very positive, stating that it is a great starter kit for beginners.

This kit does not come with ingredients, but you can buy complete ingredient kits for this purpose, which you can find in a later section of this post!

Includes:

  • 3 Gallon Carboy
  • 6.5 Gallon fermenter with lid for an airlock
  • 3/8 inch hydrometer
  • Dual scale thermometer
  • 24” racking cane
  • 3/8 inch 5 feet Siphon hose
  • 3/8 inch Shut off clamp for Siphon hose
  • 3/8 Inch airlock
  • Sanitizer

#2 North Mountain Supply 1 Gallon Wine Kit

Price: ~$93

Where to buy: amazon.com

A great kit that comes with almost everything you need to make wine, except the fresh fruit and wine bottles.

Has ingredients included making it a great all-in-one kit.

Includes detailed instructions on exactly how to make the perfect homemade wine. It also comes with a recipe handbook which contains over 100 different wine recipes.

This large 30 pieces kit contains many useful pieces for wine making and they are as follows:

Includes:

  • Step by step instructions
  • 2 Gallon fermenter with lid for an airlock
  • 1-gallon glass jug
  • Metal screw cap for the glass jug
  • Auto-siphon
  • 5” Siphon hose
  • 2 Airlocks
  • Nylon straining bag
  • 4oz oxygen wash
  • 50 Campden tablets
  • Pectic Enzyme
  • Stabilizer
  • 3 yeast packets
  • Nutrients
  • Acid blend
  • Tannin
  • Energizer
  • Hydrometer + test jar
  • Glass wine thief
  • Corks + corker
  • Shrink caps
  • Bottle filler
  • Ingredients
  • Recipe book

#3 North Mountain Supply 3 Gallon Wine Kit

Price: ~$160

Where to buy: amazon.com

Almost identical the the former north mountain kit, besides its step up in terms of gallon size. This kit will provide you with a 3 gallon batch of wine, where all you need to provide is the fruit and bottles.

Brands itself as the “largest and most complete kit available” in their description. As with the other north mountain kit, this kit also comes with detailed instructions as well as a recipe book with over 100 wine recipes.

Includes:

  • Step by step instructions
  • Recipe book with over 100 recipes
  • 6.5 Gallon fermenter + Lid
  • 3 Gallon Carboy
  • Auto-siphon + clamp
  • 5” Siphon hose
  • 2 Airlocks
  • Straining bag
  • 8 oz. Oxygen wash
  • 50 Campden tablets
  • Pectin Enzyme
  • Stabilizer
  • 5 yeast packs
  • Nutrients
  • Acid blend
  • Tannin
  • Energizer
  • Hydrometer
  • Wine thief/test jar combo
  • 24” Stirring spoon
  • Corks+corker
  • Shrink caps
  • Bottle filter

#4 Homebrew Ohio 1 Gallon Wine Kit

Price: ~$50

Where to buy: amazon.com

Back to a low cost kit but this time it actually has everything you need except the fruit and bottles.

A very cheap kit that supplies you with the essentials needed to make some fine wine at home. It comes with ingredients and instructions as well as a recipe book.

This kit does not come with corks, corker or bottles.

This kit will provide you with 1 gallon of tasty homemade wine with your own choice of fruit!

Includes:

  • Easy instructions
  • Recipe book
  • Ingredient kit
  • 2 Gallon plastic fermenter with lid
  • 1-gallon jug
  • Tubing
  • 15” Racking cane
  • Airlock
  • Straining bag
  • 2 oz. oxygen wash
  • Campden tablets
  • Pectin enzyme
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Yeast
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Acid blend

#5 Home Brew Ohio Upgraded 1 Gallon Wine Kit

Price: ~$55

Where to buy: amazon.com

Identical to the other homebrew Ohio 1 gallon kit, except it comes with a mini auto-siphon that removes the need to manually siphon

It contains everything you need except corks and bottles, to make your own delicious wine!

Includes:

  • 2 Gallon plastic fermenter with lid
  • 1 Gallon jug
  • Mini auto-siphon
  • Airlock
  • Straining bag
  • 2 oz. Oxygen wash
  • Campden tablets
  • Pectic enzyme
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Yeast
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Acid blend
  • Wine tannin

#6 Master Vintner Fresh Harvest 1 Gallon Wine Kit

Price: ~$50

Where to buy: amazon.com

Very similar to the homebrew Ohio kit, this Master Vintner kit will provide you with 1 gallon of homemade wine.

Advertised as a kit well suited for making fruit wines that aren’t grape wines. Fruit wines are generally faster to make than grape wine, giving you a tasty wine in less time compared to making grape wine.

All you need is to provide your own fruit, bottles, corks, and a corker. Everything else you need is included in this kit!

Includes:

  • Winemaker Recipe book
  • 2 Gallon plastic fermenter with lid
  • 1 Gallon jug
  • Airlock
  • Screwcap
  • Straining bag
  • Sanitizer
  • Campden tablets
  • Pectic enzyme
  • Acid blend
  • Grape tannin
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Dry yeast
  • Racking cane
  • Hydrometer

#7 Master Vintner Wine Making Equipment Starter Kit

Price: ~$145

Where to buy: amazon.com

A higher-quality wine kit in terms of the quality of the general equipment. The price is a bit higher compared to other kits we have reviewed, which seems to be because the general quality of the equipment is better than the cheaper versions and the quantity is bumped up to 6 gallons.

It doesn’t come with ingredients but is compatible with any wine ingredient kit.

It contains rather advanced equipment, with an auto siphoning racking cane, as well as a hydrometer and thermometer. It also contains some good cleaning utensils, in the form of brushes made to clean carboys and bottles thoroughly.

Includes:

  • 6.5 Gallon Fermenter
  • Glass or Plastic carboy
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Clean bottle express degasser
  • Universal drilled bungs
  • 2 Airlocks
  • Auto siphoning racking cane + tubing
  • Bottle filler & tubing
  • 24” Stirring spoon
  • Carboy brush
  • Bottlebrush
  • Hand corker and #8 corks
  • Thermometer
  • Hydrometer + test jar and 3-piece thief
  • Sodium Metabisulfite
  • Cleaner+sanitizer

#8 Home Brew Ohio Premium Wine Making Equipment Kit

Price: ~$99

Where to buy: amazon.com

A homebrew Ohio kit with a bigger capacity and auto siphoning. This kit can make up to 6 gallons of wine per batch.

This kit comes with corks and corker, but no ingredients or bottles, which you have to acquire yourself.

A great kit for the price when aiming to make larger batches of wine.

Includes:

  • 6 Gallon glass carboy
  • 8 Gallon Fermenting bucket
  • Twin lever corker
  • Hydrometer
  • 5” siphon hose
  • Bottle filler
  • 30 Synthetic corks
  • Airlock
  • Thermometer
  • 4 sanitizer packets
  • Auto-syphon

#9 Homebrew Ohio Grow and Make Deluxe Fruit Wine Making Kit

Price: ~$80

Where to buy: amazon.com

This is another larger type wine making kit, which can make up to 6 gallons of wine.

It comes with most ingredients needed, except fruit. Does not include bottles, corks, and a corker.

Suited for any type of fruit you wish.

Includes:

  • Hydrometer
  • 2 Gallon bucket
  • 1 Gallon carboy
  • Airlock
  • Red wine yeast
  • Sterilizer
  • Acid blend
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Tannin
  • Peptic enzyme
  • Campden tablets

#10 Strange Brew Winemaking Kit With 6 Gallon Glass Carboy

Price: ~$160

Where to buy: amazon.com

Another large gallon kit, which provides you with 6 gallons of tasty homemade wine. Advertised as a great starter kit for the beginner who wants big batches right away.

The price is higher due to the higher capacity as well as the amount of equipment that comes with it.

It does not come with ingredients and bottles but comes with corks and corker.

Includes:

  • 7.8 Gallon Fermenter with lid
  • 6 Gallon glass carboy with a rubber stopper
  • 3-piece Airlock
  • Adhesive thermometer
  • Glass triple scale hydrometer
  • Auto-siphon with “5 of flexible tubing
  • Dual function bottle filler
  • 8 packets of c-brite cleanser
  • 30 Natural micro-agglomerated corks
  • Twin lever corker
  • 24” Stirring spoon
  • Wine bottlebrush
  • Degassing rod

#11 Vintner’s Starter Winemaking Equipment Kit

Price: ~$120

Where to buy: amazon.com

A nice straight forward kit that supplies you with 6 gallons of wine after its finished. The seller underlines the necessity for secondary fermentation to allow the wine you make with this kit to clear properly.

This kit does not come with ingredients or bottles and corks. You will have to either combine it with an ingredient kit or buy ingredients separately yourself.

Includes:

  • 7.8 Gallon plastic fermenter with lid
  • 6 Gallon Better Bottle
  • Stopper
  • Airlock
  • Bottlebrush
  • Hydrometer
  • 4 oz. of Easy clean no-rinse cleanser
  • Double lever corker
  • 30 #8 X 1 ¾” Straight corks
  • Racking cane
  • 5 Feet siphoning tube
  • Bottle filler
  • Shut-off clamp

#12 Master Vintner 1 Gallon Wine Making Equipment Starter Kit

Price: ~$85

Where to buy: amazon.com

Another great kit that includes both equipment and ingredients needed to make 1 gallon of wine.

The kit comes with a choice of recipe kit where you can pick either Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.

The kit also works with any recipe kit you may have yourself or separate ingredients that you have gathered on your own.

It comes with instructions on recipes and the use of equipment for a beginner-friendly wine making process from start to finish.

Includes:

  • Choice of ingredient/recipe kit: Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
  • Step-by-step instructions for an easy wine making process
  • Little Big Mouth Bubbler Glass Primary Fermenter
  • Stopper
  • Airlock
  • Fermagraf
  • 1 Gallon Jug for secondary fermentation with cap, airlock
  • Herculometer + test jar and thief
  • Mini auto-siphoning & tubing
  • 18” Plastic paddle
  • Corker + corks
  • Bottle filler + tubing
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Oxygen wash cleanser
  • Sodium Metabisulfite sanitizer

#13 Winemaking.net’s Wine Making Starter Equipment Kit

Price: ~$120

Where to buy: amazon.com

A kit that provides you with any type of wine you wish, as long as you have the ingredients yourself.

Makes 6 gallons of wine per batch and is compatible with any ingredient kit.

Contains corks and corker, but no bottles or ingredients which you have to acquire yourself.

Includes:

  • 7.8 Gallon drilled primary fermenting bucket with drilled lid
  • 6 Gallon glass carboy with rubber stopper
  • 3-piece airlock
  • Adhesive thermometer
  • Glass triple scale hydrometer
  • True brew fast flow fill kit
  • 8 packets of c-brite cleanser
  • 30 Natural micro-agglomerated corks
  • Twin lever corker
What Is the Best Wine Making Kit to Buy?

What Is the Best Wine Making Kit to Buy?

Phew, that was quite the ride.

I have now gone over 13 different but all very solid wine making kits. Now the question is, which kit is best?

The answer to this entirely depends on what you are looking for. There are generally 2 types of winemakers, the complete beginner who has no knowledge about winemaking, and the ones that do some research before diving into it.

If you are a more well-read beginner winemaker, you may just want to make larger batches of wine right away, meaning you would probably pick one of the kits that yield 6 gallons of wine per batch.

Personally, I’d pick the Master Vintner 1 Gallon Wine Making Equipment Starter Kit. The reasoning for this is that I am a beginner winemaker, and this kit simply has the best content for the price.

The kit comes with all the equipment you need, except bottles, making it easy to make your first batch of wine.

For the price it has this kit seems to be the most value for money, and as a rational buyer, this is most likely the kit I’d go for.

5 Solid Wine Making Ingredient Kits

If you end up buying a wine making equipment kit that has no ingredient kit included you can make it easy and buy an ingredient kit to accompany your new wine making equipment kit!

Comparing Price, Type of Wine and Yield

Once again to give you an easy overview of the main properties of these wine kits, you can find a table below that shows the price, which type of wine the kit makes and how much wine it yields.

PriceWine TypeYield
Vintner's Reserve Vieux Chateau Du Roi~$85Vieux Chateau Du Roi6 Gallons
Master Vintner's Reserve Recipe Kit~$90Cabernet Sauvignon6 Gallons
Winexpert's Eclipse Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel~$175Zinfandel6 Gallons
Master Vintner's Tropical Bliss~$70Pinot Noir6 Gallons
Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay~$100Chardonnay2.6 Gallons


Below you will find some quick and easy reviews of these different wine ingredient kits.

Vintner’s Reserve Vieux Chateau Du Roi Wine Ingredient Kit

Price: ~$85

Where to buy: amazon.com

A recipe kit that contains enough ingredients to make 6 gallons of Vieux Château Du Roi.

This wine has a rounded and smooth flavor with hints of berries and with a flavor of ripe plum.

Advertised to take around 4 weeks to complete, but I’d recommend aging it in the bottle for a while longer.

Master Vintner Winemaker’s Reserve Wine Recipe Kit

Price: ~$90

Where to buy: amazon.com

Ingredient kit with top grapes from the world's best regions to give you a quality level homemade wine.

Made for making a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. Creates up to 6 gallons of wine.

Has a taste of savory dark, dried fruit and with aromas of ripe plum and vanilla.

Kit includes:

10L Grape Juice

Fining Agents

Yeast

Oak or other flavorings

Master Vintner Winemaker’s Recipe book

Winexpert’s Eclipse Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel With Grape Skins Ingredient Kit

Price: ~$175

Where to buy: amazon.com

This kit is a more pricey kit, granted the quality of the wine it makes.

Using grape skins it creates a spicy french premium oak tasting wine with aromas of berries. It has a dry body full of oaky intensity.

Makes up to 6 gallons of quality Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel.

Master Vintner Tropical Bliss Wine Making Recipe Kit

Price: ~$70

Where to buy: amazon.com

This wine kit makes a delicious tropical Pinot Noir. It makes 6 gallons of delicious wine with fruity tastes and aromas.

It has a rather low alcohol percentage compared to normal wines, with an alcohol content of 7.5%.

Has a flavor of blackberry with a cherry/berry spice of Pinot giving it a juicy finish. Recommended to enjoy lightly chilled with either dark chocolates or cheeses.

The seller states that this wine doesn’t require any aging, and can be enjoyed right after making it.

Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay Wine Making Kit

Price: ~$100

Where to buy: amazon.com

This kit provides you with 2.6 Gallons of tasty chardonnay with an oaky flavor. It has a bitter taste with a strong body.

Ready for bottling in 4 weeks, and can be aged up to personal preference, but recommended aging is at least a month.

My Choice of Wine Ingredient Kit

My Choice of Wine Ingredient Kit

The choice of ingredient kit is obviously up to personal taste. Recently I really started enjoying wines that have a powerful fruit taste.

For this reason, I would probably choose a rather untraditional type of wine with a very fruity flavor. For this purpose, the best kit for me is the Master Vintner Tropical Bliss Winemaking Recipe Kit.

This kit is relatively cheap and can be used for many types of fruits, making it my own personal choice of ingredient kit.

Make sure to pick a wine ingredient kit that suits your own personal wine preference, or maybe go ahead and explore some types of wines you haven’t tried before.

There are many other wine ingredient kits than the ones I have gone over in this blog post.

You can check out amazon's variety of wine ingredient kits here!

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