Hand Crafted Wine is Easy, Fun, and Affordable
Premium quality wines at an affordable price – that’s what you get when you make wine at The Wine Butler.
Want to know our secret? Grape juice from the best growing regions in California, Australia, Italy, Chile, Spain, France, and Argentina. Many of our wines have won Gold and Silver awards at international wine-tasting competitions.
We have been making wine for over 20 years. Last year, we custom-vinted more than 300,000 bottles of wine. So whether it’s a full bodied Walla Walla Cabernet Merlot, a crisp Italian Reserva Pinot Grigio, or any of our 75 other varietals you crave, you can rest assured you will be drinking only the finest products, guaranteed.
Did you know when you buy a bottle of wine at the LCBO (with your hard earned after-tax dollars) that up to 70% of your purchase price goes to various taxes and levies? Sour grapes indeed! Why not get great tasting wine for 1/4 to 1/3 of what you’d pay at retail?
There is a real pride that comes with custom-vinting your own wine. Sample your wine as soon as it’s ready in our tasting room, then age your wine and experience the subtle difference in the taste that develops over time. Design your own custom wine label.
Save the Planet, Drink Wine!
We believe in minimizing our impact on the environment in all our business practices. When you make wine with us, we sterilize and reuse your bottles over and over. Plus, our wines have less than 1/7th the preservatives of those available commercially.
The Wine Making Process
Once you’ve chosen your wine, you’ll need to book an appointment to start your wine. This is a process called “dropping yeast”, and it only takes a couple of minutes. When you come in for your appointment, we’ll have the grape juice ready to go. You just have to take a small packet of yeast and add it to the juice. By doing this yourself, you avoid the taxes that the Ontario government puts on wine purchased at the LCBO.
Then you go home, put your feet up, and relax. Over the next 6-8 weeks, we take care of the intermediate processing steps like stabilizing and filtering your wine and getting it ready for bottling. When that’s done, we’ll let you know that your wine is ready to be bottled.
When you come in for your bottling appointment, we’ll sterilize your bottles for you (or you can buy new ones from us for $1/bottle), then set you up on one of our three bottling stations. As your bottles get filled, you’ll use the air-powered corker to cork them, shrink-wrap the tops in the colour of your choice, and apply your labels. You’re also welcome to sample your wine in our tasting lounge.