Storing Your Wine
Tips for getting started
- Use good quality bottles with heavy glass
- Bottles should be completely free from chips, cracks or rough edges
- Smooth glass is the best option
- Plastic bottles should be avoided altogether
- Always sterilise thoroughly before use
- Traditionally white wine is stored in clear bottles and red wine in green
How to transfer the wine
The best way to transfer wine from your secondary fermenter is by siphoning. This removes any unwanted sediments and minimizes the air entering your wine while bottling. You should fill your bottles up to approximately one cm below the bottom of the cork when the bottle is stood upright.
Adding the cork
The easiest way to add a cork is to use a corker. They are inexpensive and a great investment. Just remember these points about corks:
- Always purchase high quality corks
- The best are corks cut from a single piece of cork bark
- Synthetic corks lack tradition and some find they are more problematic/difficult to use
- Sanitize corks before use. We dip our corks briefly in a Starsan solution.
Newly filled wine bottles
All newly filled wine bottles should be stored in an upright position for around 2-3 days to allow surplus air to seep out. After this, wine bottles should be stored sideways to allow contact between the cork and wine.
The moisture from the homemade wine will cause the cork to expand. This creates a secure vacuum which successfully seals your wine from the air!
How to store homemade wine
Wine storage at home needs thought, too. Homemade wine needs to be stored in a place with the right temperature and humidity, free from light and vibration, to allow it to mature properly.
In short, follow these tips and you won’t go far wrong:
- Keep your bottles at a stable temperature
- The less light, the better
- Keep your bottles stored on their side
- Keep away from anything with a strong odour
How long do I leave homemade wine for?
Wine needs to mature slowly, and for different spans of time for reds and whites. On average,
- White wines need a minimum of six months
- Red wines need at least one year
More top tips
- Never store the homemade wine in the kitchen – the temperature varies too much
- Wine in clear bottles needs to be in a dark, windowless room
- Sparkling wine is more sensitive to UV (ultra violet) rays than regular wine
- Sterilize all of your equipment and bottles properly