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About Us

Richmond Winery, established in 1995 by Barry and Pam Mills; was first located on Richmond Street Downtown London; and boasted to be one of the first wine making facilities in the City. With that Tenure many products by several different suppliers graced the shelves. It became clear that not all suppliers offered the same level of quality for a fair price. At Richmond Winery we are serious about our commitment to offer QUALITY at a price everyone can afford.

Our Wine Kits are produced from 100% pure varietal grape juice; sourced from all over the World. No Powders here! They are packaged complete with everything you need to produce award winning wines.

What you can expect on your visit:

1) Only Superior grapes from around the world
2) Clean and Sterile working environment
3) On-Site State of the Art Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
4) Inclusive Pricing- no “add ons” for custom labels, corks, shrinks or taxes!
5) Personalized labels available
6) FREE PARKING directly in front and back of store
7) Assistance with loading and unloading to your car
8) Service with a smile; working directly with the owner.
9) Glenbriar Water sales on site.


Affordable Prices

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?

Fun

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.

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 come into the store to start your wine. This is a process called “dropping yeast”, and it only takes a couple of minutes. When you come in, 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 4-8 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 two 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.

Stop by now, & be ready for the following in 30 days;

*A glass of wine at the end of a long day.

*Wine ready to pour when guests pop in.

*A personalized holiday gift.

*A special gift for clients.

How much work is involved in making wine?

Making your own high quality wine is easy at Richmond Winery. You can even make your own wine from real grapes without any mess on your bare feet! All you have to do is choose the fresh juice for the type of wine you want to make. We'll help you put the juice into a fermenting container, and we do the rest. Your wine will be ready for bottling in four to eight weeks, and in the meantime we'll keep a close eye on your wine, making sure it ferments properly. At Richmond Winery we use only fresh juice never sugary concentrates watered down to make our wine, because that's the way Mother Nature intended wine to be made!

What kind of wine can I make?

At Richmond Winery you can make just about any kind of wine imaginable. Whatever your taste, we can help you create a special blend that's just right for you. Your wine can be dry, off dry or sweet, oaked or unoaked - You tell us your preference.

We offer more than 100 different wines. Will that be an naked Chardonnay for early enjoyment? A big fat Cabernet Sauvignon for long term aging? Which country would you like your grapes to come from?

What about bottling? How does that work?

Bottling your wine is an easy process. You bring your own wine bottles, or we can provide brand new bottles. Used bottles need to be rinsed and sterilized. You can fill the bottles quickly and easily with our new automatic bottler (four at a time if you're feeling ambitious). Then we'll show you how to use our instant automatic corker (of course you don't want screw-on caps for your wine!). You can put decorative "shrink-wraps" on the the top of your bottles for that professional look at no extra charge. If you like, we can even make custom labels for your wine bottles. Bottling a single batch of wine (30 bottles) can take as little as 10 minutes to 30 minutes if you're bringing your own bottles in to reuse and spending a lot of time crafting your custom label.

How long before I can drink my wine?

Wine, especially red wine, as you probably know, usually gets better as it ages, so the longer you wait to consume it, the better it will be. Our standard corks will allow you to age your wines for four to five years if you're the patient type. We have also have premium corks that are designed for even longer aging. However, some of our wines are specially blended to be potable right after bottling.

So how should you treat the ageing period for different Winexpert products? The answer depends on many factors. For example, using a long high quality cork or adding some extra sulphite at bottling will extend the maximum age period. Thus, use the following as a general guideline only:

How much does it cost?

Our prices depend on the type of wine you're making. Wines made from fresh juice range from $85.00 to $199.00 per batch (30 bottles), depending on the type of wine. See our wine price pages for more information.

How many bottles does a batch of wine make?

Each batch of wine produces 23 liters, the number of bottles you end up with, of course, depends on how big your bottles are. A batch of wine usually results in 30 standard bottles (750 mL).

How/where should I store my bottles?

Wine should be stored on its side, also in a cool, dry, dark place such as a wine cellar, basement, or even a closet.

Don't forget to give your empty bottles a quick rinse, then put them aside without a cap (they can also be reused) and bring them back to sterilize and reuse on your next visit to Richmond Winery.

Dry / Sweet Codes

The sweetness of a wine is the sensory perception created during tasting, and though affected by such factors as residual sugar levels, it is not an absolute, measurable factor. However, to guide you in determining the relative sweetness for each wine variety, we've applied the following recognized numbered scale to all of our listings:
Scale
Terminology
0
Dry
1
Semi-Dry
2
Medium-Dry
3 - 6
Medium-Sweet
7 - 10
Sweet

Suggestions for Maximum Enjoyment

To maximize your enjoyment of Richmond Winery's array of fine winemaking products, the following information on the ageing and storing of your finished wines may prove useful.

AGEING:

As with all wines, some degree of ageing in the bottle for finished wines from Richmond Winery's products is beneficial, allowing the full complexity and intensity of aromas and flavours to come through. Red wines become richer, as the initial fruit flavours mellow and the astringent tannins relax, contributing to the body and character. White wines showing high acid levels will soften over time, revealing wonderful textures and flavours.

Components of wines differ by variety or blend, and thus react differently to ageing. Some wines require longer ageing periods than others. For example:

More Ageing Some Ageing Little Ageing
REDS Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Bergamais
Barolo Style Pinot Noir All Blush Wines
Luna Rossa Valpolicella
WHITES Chardonnay / Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Liebfraumilch Style
Ruisseau Blanc Johannisberg Riesling Piesporter
Luna Bianca
Different factors exert influence on the rate of ageing and can contribute to a better ageing potential:
Storage A very big factor, addressed in more detail here
Cork Quality The longer and less porous the cork, the better the oxygen barrier, extending ageing potential. Vintage Wines use corks rated for 3-5 years. Higher grade corks can be purchased from us however, if needed or desired
Ullage The amount of head space in the bottle. Leaving 1 inch under the bottom of the cork is best
Sulphite Level Higher concentrations protect from oxidation
So how should you treat the ageing period for different Richmond Winery products? The answer depends on many factors. For example, using a long high quality cork or adding some extra sulphite at bottling will extend the maximum age period. Thus, use the following as a general guideline only:
Minimum Time Maximum Time
Founders Series 3 - 6 months 5 years
Showcase/Legacy 1 - 3 months 3 years
Checky Monkey Reds 2 months 2 year
Checky Monkey Whites 1 month 2 year
Kenridge Clasic Reds 2 months 2 year
Kenridge  Clasic Whites 1 month 2 year
Niagra Mist Fruit Wines Immediate 1 year
STORAGE plays a big role in the ageing process and can make or break a finished wine. Generally, white wines - sweet wines and champagne above all - are more frail than reds. Grape variety can also make a difference - for example, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are generally more resilient than Pinot Noirs. However, always minimizing the risks involved in bottle storage - heat, light, lack of humidity and constant movement - is the wisest plan.
TEMPERATURE The ideal cellar temperature is 7 - 13 C (45 - 55 F). Wines can be stored up to 20 C (68 F), but note that wine matures much more rapidly at higher temperatures. At lower temperatures, slower maturation allows more complexity to develop. Constant temperature is the key - chronic fluctuations should be avoided
LIGHT Sunlight and ultraviolet light are as bad for wine as excessive heat, but are problems usually much easier to overcome. Though most wines are protected by coloured glass bottles, place wines in areas away from light or cover them with a blanket
HUMIDITY Some degree of humidity is beneficial to ensure that the exposed end of the cork does not dry out and allow in oxygen. Thus, beware air conditioners that suck moisture out of the air. Ideally, relative humidity should be between 60 - 75%
MOVEMENT Wine does not take well to constant movement and vibration (particularly if there is sediment present), thus a secure storage space is necessary. Secure storage should also mean storing bottles horizontally, allowing constant contact of the wine with the cork and preventing it from drying out and letting air in

A simple check of all environmental influence in or near your storage area is advised. Areas such as garages or attics, which seem cool, may be subject to temperature fluctuations due to lack of insulation. A good option is to insulate a small room, large cupboard or area under the stairs, void of any heat sources like a water pipe or a boiler. Following up with preventative maintenance is also useful, like keeping a resident thermometer on hand and checking it regularly.

Allowing for the ageing of your finished wine in an environment which helps to preserve its finer qualities will pay big dividends in ensuring that you will have the best wine possible to enjoy with friends and family. Cheers!