The Grapes and Granary announces the return of the spring winemaking season. Make your own wine from fresh Chilean grape juices

Top Quote When we think of wine grapes, most people think of California or France, but there is another region that produces fine wine grapes. That region is the South American Country of Chile. Pricing and availability for the 2012 CHILEAN GRAPE JUICE is now available at The Grape and Granary. End Quote
  • Akron, OH (1888PressRelease) March 27, 2012 - Chile is a beautiful winemaking country located along much of South America's west coast. The history of Chilean wine is rich with stories of intrigue, anarchy, and stealth exports of centuries gone by. Chile is now one of the top five wine producing nations in the world. The Spanish Conquistadors and missionaries brought grape vines to Chile in the 1500s making the Itata Valley one of the oldest wine growing regions in the Americas.

    Common black grape was cultivated by the Jesuits to create wine for religious services. In the 1800s, Pais and Muscatel grapes followed the common black varietals planted centuries before. The phylloxera outbreak (late 1800s) that decimated French Vineyards left European vintners no choice but to export vines to the west (Chile), where they could grow free of the pesky aphid. French Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Pinot Grigio and Merlot grew beautifully in the Chilean climate. Chile's insulation from the vineyard-destroying aphid allowed the country's wines to grow in terms of demand worldwide. French experts oversaw much commercial production and the country's fine wines were exported worldwide.

    Please note that fresh Chilean grape juice will be available at The Grape and Granary shop in Akron, Ohio only. They expect to sell out of many varieties before the shipments arrive, so you should reserve in advance to get what you want. You can call and place an order now. The Grape and Granary offers the following juice varieties from Chile in six gallon pails to their home winemakers. White grape juice varieties are: Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Muscato, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Red grape juice varieties are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Zinfandel, and Carmenere. A favorite of the folks at The Grape and Granary, Carménčre is perhaps Chile's signature red wine. Carmenere exhibits vibrant flavors of green peppers, dark chocolate, and ripe berries. Please call The Grape and Granary at 1-800-695-9870 for more specific information about Chilean grape juice.

    While in Akron, picking up Chilean grape juice at The Grape and Granary, think about taking a winemaking class. The Grapes and Granary offers two excellent classes. One for the beginning winemaker and one for more advanced winemakers. In the Beginning Winemaking Class, they will discuss the winemaking process, wine styles, testing and adjusting the must and equipment needed for home winemaking. The winemaking process as it relates to a wine kit will be stressed; topics such as racking, topping, sulfating and sanitizing will be covered in-depth. In the advanced winemaking class, they will discuss the winemaking process as it relates to fresh viniferous and French hybrid grapes. Topics such as acid testing, sugar testing, sulfur testing, crushing and de-stemming, cold soaking, macerating, alcoholic and malo-lactic fermenting, cold stabilizing, fining, barrel aging and bottling will be discussed. A wine tasting will be conducted.

    About The Grape and Granary:

    The Grape and Granary is a family-operated business which is dedicated to serving all winemaking hobbies. They are wine enthusiasts themselves and consumers of their own products. The Grape and Granary has a super website:

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