Welch’s Grape Juice is often the gateway for many budding winemakers. Yup, you can turn this classic grape juice into your very own batch of vino. It works with the bottled kind as well as 100 percent grape juice frozen concentrate. In fact, you can use any brand of grape juice as long as it’s 100 percent juice. White or Concord grape versions both work just fine.


Things You'll Need

Making Wine From Bottled Juice

Pour 1 1/2 cups juice from the bottle into a glass and set it aside; save it for drinking.

Pour 1 cup sugar through a funnel into the bottle.

Place the lid back on the bottle and shake until the sugar is dissolved.

Add wine yeast to the bottle. (Use red wine yeast for Concord grape juice and white wine yeast for white grape juice.)

With a needle, prick 1 or 2 holes in the top of a thick, unblown balloon.

Secure the opening of the balloon over the top of the juice bottle.

Place the juice bottle in a warm area where it can ferment, undisturbed, for at least 30 days. The balloon should inflate during this time.

After 30 days, check to see if the balloon is still inflated. If the balloon has collapsed, the wine is done. If not, let the wine continue to ferment until the balloon deflates.

Making Wine From Frozen Concentrate

Thaw four 12-ounce cans frozen concentrate and pour into a 1-gallon bottle or jug.

Add 5 cans water and 1 cup sugar to the bottle. Replace the lid on the bottle and shake until the sugar is dissolved.

Add wine yeast.

With a needle, prick 1 or 2 holes in the top of a thick, unblown balloon. Secure the opening of the balloon over the top of the juice bottle.

Allow the wine to ferment in a warm area for 30 days. After 30 days, check to see if the balloon has collapsed; if so, the wine is done. If not, give it another 3 to 7 days.

Tips

  • To make more than a gallon of wine at a time, double or triple all juice, sugar, and water amounts, but only use a single package of wine yeast.
  • To make even larger batches, purchase a wine kit from your local brew shop or online. A kit contains all the equipment you need, including a brewing vessel, an airlock, and tubing to use as a siphon hose.

References and Resources

The Foxfire Book of Wine Making, edited by Lori Gillespie, Kelly Shropshire and Allison Adams, E. P. Dutton, Copyright 1987 by the Foxfire Fund, Inc.

Resources

Wine Yeasts and Supplies