Wines by Design

We’re in the business of helping you make wine! Whether you’re just starting out, or if you’re already an experienced vintner, we can help. Stop by for some instruction and help with your first batch or stop by for some supplies. We’ll be here!

Quality, without the cost

Wines By Design has been in business since 2006. While some things have changed, our love of quality wine production hasn’t! Whether you enjoy red or white, dry to sweet, we have something for everyone!

Let the wine making begin.

Welcome to Wines By Design!

We are a full service, on-premises wine making facility and wine-making kit supplier, located in Rochester NY. If you’re interested in making your own wine, come on in and we can help! We have hosted families, small groups, wedding parties and corporate team building events.

Or, if you are already an experienced vintner and are simply looking for supplies, we can help with that too. While our primary focus is wine-kits, check in with us, if we don’t have it in stock, we can probably get it for you!

For more detail on how your time will be spent making your very own wine, please see: our process.

Removing labels from wine bottles

Empty wine bottle

You know how it goes, bottling day is quickly approaching and you have the bottles but, they have someone else’s labels on them. What to do? Well, everyone has their goto formula for getting off those really gooey labels. I did some research and I found some really weird suggestions. I first checked out everyone’s favorite, Pinterest. There are more methods than wine varieties. The craziest was a person who coats the label with peanut butter and then washes the whole mess off.

I continued on my quest and I found this article from Popular Mechanics, this is a real test of common methods to remove labels. Give this article a read, it’s a short read, and judge for yourself.


Christmas in July

Summer Grape vineyard

It’s Christmas in July

(We know… we’ve just hit summer)

BUT: If you want to be able to give wine for the holidays this year AND you want your recipient’s to be able to drink your wine right away, NOW’s the time to put up a kit!


To help, we’ve got a couple of things to share:

1) We’re ready!

We have recently received two large orders from both Winexpert and Cellar Craft and we’ve got something for everyone. Just some of what’s come in:

Reds Whites Fruits
Nebbiolo (Barolo) Riesling Green Apple Riesling
Amarone Pinot Grigio Pomegranate Zinfandel
Château Du Pays Chardonnay Cranberry Malbec
Rosso Fortissimo Piesporter Black Cherry Pinot Noir

2) We’ll help!

During the month of July, if you put up two kits, we’ll take 5% off the price of your two kits. A third kit will give you 10% off of your kits (or any additional kits).

3) We’ve got something new!

We’ve got three new wines for you:

  • World Vineyard – Pink Moscato
    • Light and refreshing on the palate with flavors of fresh strawberry, raspberry and cherry.
  • Eclipse – Forza
    • Deep ruby color with aromas of plum, smoke and spice. Rich flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and cedar with lingering oak and a firm long finish.
  • Showcase – Sonoma Vally Cabernet Sauvignon
    • This replaces the Showcase Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Remember, you can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.

Recipe: White Peach Sangria

White Peach Sangria

White Peach Sangria

White Peach Sangria with white wine, what a perfect spring/summer drink!

Sangria, traditionally thought of as originating in Spain and Portugal, is a great way to enjoy your wine on a hot summer day. (Although it’s pretty nice on a porch swing too, we hear!)

Sangria normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener and some brandy. For a fruit, you can use: oranges, lemons, limes, apples, peaches, melons, berries, pineapple, grapes, kiwifruit, and mango. For a sweetener, you may use: sugar, syrup, honey, or orange juice. Finally, you can also consider replacing the brandy with seltzer or a lemon/lime soda.

Check out our featured recipe for White Peach Sangria!

We’ll be posting additional recipes in the future, you’ll be able to find them all on our recipes page.

2015 Wine Tasting Results

The 2015 Wine Tasting Results are in!

2015 Wine tasting results

2015 Wine tasting results

But, before we share the results or our Wine Tasting event, just a quick “Thank You”!

To those of you who contributed: Thanks for sharing your wine. They were all delicious!

To those of you who stopped by, tasted, and voted: Thanks for all of your “hard work”!

It was a pleasure to see all of you (and finally meet some of you). It was a fun time for us, we trust that it was for you as well.

Now, let’s get to the 2015 Wine Tasting Results:

We had three categories: Red, White, and Dessert/Fruit Wines. The wine receiving the highest number of votes in each individual category will receive a $50 Wines By Design Gift Certificate.

Additionally, an Overall Winner (the winner with the greatest number of votes) will receive an additional $50 Gift Certificate.

Our 2015 Winners were:

Category Winner Style
Red Cindi Soppe Malbec
White Julie Philippone Difabio Pinot Grigio
Dessert/Fruit Carrie Rissinger Orange Chocolate
Overall winner Cindi Soppe Malbec

Congratulations to ALL of this years winners!

We’re looking forward to next year’s event, so set one bottle of that “special wine” aside for your next chance to win!

Reminder: You can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.


1424 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624
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Business Hours:
Tue – Fri: 3:30p – 7:30p
Sat: 9:00a – 2:00p
Sun & Mon: CLOSED


Continuing Education

Looking for something to do? Got four nights free? How about joining one of classes, we’ll show you how to make your very own delicious wine!


Why not share your special day with all your guests? Let them take home part of your special day, a bottle of your very own wedding vintage.

A Night at Home

What’s better than a night by the fire, some artisan cheese and a bottle of terrific wine you’ve made yourself?
We heard many great things about you, so we decided to check you out for ourselves.

(BTW: They were right!) DH

We cannot say enough good things about Wines By Design. The quality of the wine is better than most bottles of wine you can buy at the store, plus you get to tell your friends and family you made it on your own! Krista Hudson