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October 21, 2009

Stomping Wine at Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — by moneytolive @ 11:53 pm

A friend started making wine at home and sent me the costs (see below). He expects the final cost to be $20-25 / bottle, so not really cheaper than buying wine at a store – and there is the added risk of finding foot-junk in the wine.

Sometimes, it is a lot cheaper to make something at home (i.e., bread), but this is an example where it’s not really the case. Ice cream is another example. I like to make homemade ice cream because I can overload on ingredients – there never are enough marshmallows in Rocky Road – but it is usually more expensive for me to make ice cream from scratch at home rather than buy it at the store.


  • Cost of grapes at $2.40 a pound = $240
  • Cost of food grade barrel = $40
  • Cost of beer and pizza for friends = $80

Total cost so far: $360.
Expected future costs: $50 for corker + corks; up to $50 to rent wine press

Expected output: 20-25 bottles.

Cost per bottle: $20 – $25



  1. Depends on the ingredients… I make ice cream at home, too. When I make a very plain flavor – sometime just milk, cream, and honey – it’s way cheaper. If I make triple berry ice cream, yeah, it is more expensive to make it myself. That’s really for special occasions, though.

    Mmm.. foot-junk…

    Comment by Shannon — October 23, 2009 @ 1:59 pm |Reply

  2. This week I made bread, scones, syrup, marmalade and lemon brandy. All of those were likely to be cheaper than store-bought.

    Comment by anita — October 24, 2009 @ 1:03 pm |Reply

  3. Well you also neglected the fact that those grapes, at $2.40 a pound, come from Napa valley. While I don’t even know their exact provenance, they do come from one of the premier grape growing regions in the country. At $20-$25 a bottle, it might actually be very cost competitive with a comparable quality $30-$50 bottle. Then again, you have to have quite the nose for wine to smell the difference between $20 and $50, and I’m not sure I have that nose.

    Comment by Ethan — October 28, 2009 @ 8:22 pm |Reply

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