How to Bottle Wine

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Once your wine is fermented and racked (cleared of sediment) to your satisfaction, it's time to bottle it.

Things You'll Need

  • Clamps For Wine Bottling
  • Siphon Hoses
  • New Or Used Wine Bottles
  • Corks
  • Corking Machines
  • If the bottles are new and unused, rinse them with hot water and dry them. If the bottles are used, soak them in a cleaning solution recommended by a wine-making supply shop. Then rinse them with water and dry. Be sure the bottles are completely dry.

  • Prepare new corks by soaking them in water for 1 to 2 hours, then rinsing them several times with warm water.

  • Prepare used corks by soaking, boiling gently, then rinsing with hot water. Finish with a cold-water rinse.

  • Place the bottles below the wine container.

  • Insert the notched end of the siphon tube into the container of wine. Be sure the tube isn't touching the bottom of the container.

  • Suck on the other end of the tube until the wine begins to flow. Then insert the tube into a bottle.

  • Fill up bottles to 3/4 inch below the bottom of the cork.

  • Use a corking machine to insert the corks into the bottles. Corking machines can be rented from wine-making supply shops.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice filling the bottles with water before you try siphoning the wine.
  • Use longer corks, 1 3/4 inch, for wines that will be aged for longer than 1 1/2 years, and use shorter corks, 1 1/4 inch, for wines that will be aged up to 1 1/2 years.
  • If a container of wine has to be moved, allow sediment to settle before bottling.

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