It’s no secret that most of us, if we could, would be living a pastoral life amongst the vines, enjoying the rural quiet, vinifying to our heart’s content. The fact is that most of us probably live in a suburb or a major metropolitan area, so any winemaking is generally done via fantasy. But, even though we may not have the acreage or facilities to open our dream winery, there is still the opportunity to become a garagiste, like Steve Hughes, author of The Homebuilt Winery: 43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment (North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2012).
Hughes has written a book that purports to prepare you to set up a home winery and build all of the basic equipment for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought. Included in the book are building plans and step-by-step instructions. Hughes also leads readers through the entire process of winemaking--how to use the equipment, how to set up a winery, the best ways to store and analyze wine, and the best ways to filter, bottle, cork, and label.The most amazing thing about this book is that it actually makes me believe I could do it, building my own destemmer, press, and other needed winemaking equipment on my own. Pretty much all of the material can be found at your local hardware store, and the tools are pretty basic as well.
If you’re an armchair winemaker or actually thinking of starting a winery at home, this is a must-have for your library. Fun to read through and dream of what could be, but also incredibly practical as it can make those dreams a reality.
About the Author: Steve Hughes is a home winemaker who also has over 40 years of experience as a building designer and contractor. He regularly contributes articles on building winemaking equipment to WineMaker magazine.
More information can be found on the Homebuilt Winery Facebook page.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of the Storey Publishing. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the book a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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