Top 5 Places to Make Your Own Wine in Mississauga
Like a 70-year-old Italian nonno from Woodbridge, I love wine. In fact, I love it so much I have taken over my great uncle's tradition of making wine from grapes. Yup, that's right; I am hanging out in grocery store parking lots in the fall buying wine grapes from the tents that read "MUSTO PER VINO." However, you can have a professional make wine for you for literally PENNIES a glass! As such, here are the top five places to make your own wine.
5. Mosto Vinho
This place is great not just because you can make your own wine here from a variety of kits and fresh juice, but because they also sell racking for your cold cellar (or cantina). This allows you to impress your friends and family with all of your $5 homemade wine on display like you are having a private wine tasting at P Diddy's house.
When I was 18 and living in Montreal, my friends and I would make cheap wine called "Grape Ape." It was basically hobo wine. That is NOT the case with the wine made at the Wine Butler. It's a little on the higher-end of in-house wine making, but the quality is fantastic. My favorite grape is Shiraz, and every time I have made a red at the Wine Butler, it has been deep with lots of tannins (impressive!).
I currently have two batches of chardonnay percolating here for when the new 50 Shades of Grey movie comes out. I have always made whites at this spot and these guys have never let me down. They age very nicely, but guess what? I drink it fresh, so within five weeks, you have a white wine good enough to give to Nicki Minaj on a first date.
This shop is a staple in Streetsville and has both beer and wine. I personally have made the cabernet sauvignon and a British-style IPA. Both were amazing and the customer service was fantastic. Fun fact: you can trick your friends into thinking you are a real craft brew master with a hipster beard, flannel shirt and one of their house made IPAs.
1. Vin Bon
With two locations in Mississauga, Vin Bon is the standard when it comes to home wine making. I have made several vintages with their grape juice, musto and grapes. These guys always come correct. If you're adventurous like I am, you can also make your own "Malton Vintage" at home, as they sell grape juice for home fermentation as well.