Learn the Winemaking Process

4 Winemaking Sessions over 9 Months

Crush’n It

Crush’n It

Your winemaking journey begins with The Crush. After crushing, you’ll learn the science, art & chemistry of winemaking, inoculating the crushed grapes to begin wine fermentation.

Pressed for Wine

Pressed for Wine

One week after The Crush, it’s time to liberate your young wine from the fermentation tub into its new home, a 53-gallon American oak barrel. The Pressing is the messiest, yet a very tasty second step!

Nice Rack!

Nice Rack!

Racking happens approximately 4-months after pressing. Wine is pumped from the oak barrel into a stainless-steel tank. The sediment at the bottom of the barrel (the lees) is removed and the barrel is cleaned.

Put a Cork in It!

Put a Cork in It!

It is bottling & labeling time approximately 4-months after racking. This is your ‘Wine Graduation Day’ and the day your wine bottles leave Grape Expectations to be enjoyed by you.

Crush’n It

Crush’n It

Your winemaking journey begins with The Crush. After crushing, you’ll learn the science, art & chemistry of winemaking, inoculating the crushed grapes to begin wine fermentation.

Pressed for Wine

Pressed for Wine

One week after The Crush, it’s time to liberate your young wine from the fermentation tub into its new home, a 53-gallon American oak barrel. The Pressing is the messiest, yet a very tasty second step!

Nice Rack!

Nice Rack!

Racking happens approximately 4-months after pressing. Wine is pumped from the oak barrel into a stainless-steel tank. The sediment at the bottom of the barrel (the lees) is removed and the barrel is cleaned.

Put a Cork in It!

Put a Cork in It!

It is bottling & labeling time approximately 4-months after racking. This is your ‘Wine Graduation Day’ and the day your wine bottles leave Grape Expectations to be enjoyed by you.

1 Barrel of Wine = 240 Bottles

This equals to 20 cases of 12 bottles each (750mL)

1 Barrel of Wine = 240 Bottles

This equals to 20 cases of 12 bottles each (750mL)

How Would You Like to Become a Winemaker?

Social Barrel

Social Barrel

Make wine, one case at a time!

We take the guesswork out and offer an easy, affordable option for winemaking. Have a few friends join you (one case per person minimum) or go solo. You will make new friends who will have a share of this very social barrel.

Private Barrel

Private Barrel

Make wine, one barrel at a time!

Whether you want all the 240 bottles/20 cases one barrel produces for yourself or you want to share the barrel and the winemaking experience with up to 20 of your family and friends, a private barrel is for you.

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Team Barrel

Team Barrel

Make wine, one barrel at a time for a cause!

Great for Team Building, VIP Client Perks, Corporate Brand Gifts or even to create a fundraising opportunity for nonprofits!

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Social Barrel

Social Barrel

Make wine, one case at a time!

We take the guesswork out and offer an easy, affordable option for winemaking. Have a few friends join you (one case per person minimum) or go solo. You will make new friends who will have a share of this very social barrel.

Private Barrel

Private Barrel

Make wine, one barrel at a time!

Whether you want all the 240 bottles/20 cases one barrel produces for yourself or you want to share the barrel and the winemaking experience with up to 20 of your family and friends, a private barrel is for you.

Buy Now
Team Barrel

Team Barrel

Make wine, one barrel at a time for a cause!

Great for Team Building, VIP Client Perks, Corporate Brand Gifts or even to create a fundraising opportunity for nonprofits!

Buy Now
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The Bacchus Awards

Held each July/August to honor winemakers with gold, silver, bronze and meritorious medals in various wine categories, and additional awards for the winemaker’s labels. The thematic awards party is on every winemaker’s “must attend” list.

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The Bacchus Awards

Held each July/August to honor winemakers with gold, silver, bronze and meritorious medals in various wine categories, and additional awards for the winemaker’s labels. The thematic awards party is on every winemaker’s “must attend” list.

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Winemaking Seasons

The dates for both are determined by weather patterns in each of the growing areas.

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California - Fall Season

Deadline to sign-up is at the end of August

Production for the California grape harvest begins in late September or early October. Our California season is the most popular.  We offer the widest variety of grape varietals during this season. California wines are very pleasing to the pallet and are wines you are familiar with. The Crushing occurs in September/October; Pressing also occurs in September/October, Racking occurs in February of the following year and Bottling occurs thereafter in May/June We will accept orders and deposits all year round.

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Chilean & South African – Spring Season

Deadline to sign-up is at the end of March

Production for the Southern Hemisphere grape harvest is normally in May. We keep our client winemakers abreast of the schedules as we derive information from our growers in their respective regions of Chile & South Africa. We are pleased to be able to offer this unique opportunity of making spring wines with grapes hand-picked and shipped from around the globe to be enjoyed by you in Las Vegas. The Crushing occurs in April/May; Pressing also occurs in April/May, Racking occurs in October of the following year and Bottling occurs thereafter in February/March. We will accept orders and deposits all year round.

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California - Fall Season

Deadline to sign-up is at the end of August

Production for the California grape harvest begins in late September or early October. Our California season is the most popular.  We offer the widest variety of grape varietals during this season. California wines are very pleasing to the pallet and are wines you are familiar with. The Crushing occurs in September/October; Pressing also occurs in September/October, Racking occurs in February of the following year and Bottling occurs thereafter in May/June. We will accept orders and deposits all year round.

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Chilean & South African – Spring Season

Deadline to sign-up is at the end of March

Production for the Southern Hemisphere grape harvest is normally in May. We keep our client winemakers abreast of the schedules as we derive information from our growers in their respective regions of Chile & South Africa. We are pleased to be able to offer this unique opportunity of making spring wines with grapes hand-picked and shipped from around the globe to be enjoyed by you in Las Vegas. The Crushing occurs in April/May; Pressing also occurs in April/May, Racking occurs in October of the following year and Bottling occurs thereafter in February/March. We will accept orders and deposits all year round.

Upcoming Events

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The History

Charlie Peters, a registered sommelier, and a well-known and popular food and beverage executive, studied the wine making process for two decades. During a visit to his home state of New Jersey, he and his wife, Patty, visited a well-established wine making school operated by Lou Sodano, and thought the concept would be a perfect business model for the Las Vegas community. With Lou’s guidance, Charlie returned to Las Vegas, where he and a few friends began experimenting with different production methods in a small shed located in his backyard.

The History

Charlie Peters, a registered sommelier, and a well-known and popular food and beverage executive, studied the wine making process for two decades. During a visit to his home state of New Jersey, he and his wife, Patty, visited a well-established wine making school operated by Lou Sodano, and thought the concept would be a perfect business model for the Las Vegas community. With Lou’s guidance, Charlie returned to Las Vegas, where he and a few friends began experimenting with different production methods in a small shed located in his backyard.

You Make a da Wine One Barrel at a Time!

You Make a da Wine One Barrel at a Time!