The starting ingredients for wine depends on your wants, budget, and accessibility to grapes and juice. As a result, I have listed the advantages and disadvantages of each possible wine making starting point to help with the selection.
Largest variety and selections of grapes available. It is possible to obtain just
about any type of grape possible
Wine can be made at any point in the year. There is no need to
make wine during a limitedharvest window
Easiest method for beginners
Quality can vary wildly. Often wine from concentrates is not as ‘full’ bodied.
Typically, highest quality grapes and juice are not used to make concentrates.
Much less labor intensive than making wine from grapes. Equipment such as a wine
press not needed.
Very economical--Especially considering the labor savings.
Juice only available in a limited time frame around the grape harvest. Red wines
made from juice will not have the ‘flavorings’ from a skin fermentation.
The true way to make wine
Probably the most economical, especially if you grow your own grapes, or can get your grapes for free.
Best results can be obtained from grapes (if you have the skill).
Very labor intensive
Grapes only availably in a limited time frame around
the grape harvest.
Limited varieties may br available.
Most difficult of all methods