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.

Sign of the times – 3

May Wine

Sign of the Times – 3

It’s our next “Sign of the Times” entry!

This month: Spring has officially sprung! (WBD Translation: It’s time to think about putting up a nice refreshing summer wine!)

Note: A number of these are created on Canva and/or using Avery label software. You can check out our post on creating your own labels .

Got a “sign” you’d like to suggest or one you’ve created and don’t mind us sharing? Drop us a note on our Contact page.

2016 Wine Tasting Results

The 2016 Wine Tasting Results are in!

2016 Wine tasting results
But, before we share the results of 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 meet some of you). It’s always a fun time for us, we trust that it was for you as well.

Now, let’s get to the 2016 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 2016 Winners were:

RedJoe DiStefanoRosso Fortissimo
WhitePatti SmithPiesporter
Dessert/FruitPat WeilnauCoffee Port
Overall winnerPatti SmithPiesporter

Congratulations to this year’s 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.

This year’s entries (because some of you asked):

R2Cab / Shiraz / Merlot
R3Barolo (Nebbiolo)
R6Cabernet Sauvignon
R7Winemaker's Trio
R9Rosso Fortissimo
R10Cabernet Sauvignon
W2Trinity White
W3Pinot Grigio
W6Gewürztraminer Riesling
Fruit / DessertF1Green Apple Riesling
F2Strawberry Riesling
F3Black Raspberry Merlot
F4Peach Chardonnay
D1Riesling Ice Wine
D2Coffee Port
D3Gewürztraminer Ice Wine
D4Chocolate Salted Caramel
D5Coffee Port
D6Toasted Caramel Port
D7Black Forest Dessert Wine
D8Coffe Port

WOTM – March 2016

WOTM (Wine of the Month) – March 2016

Spring has officially sprung!

It’s time to start thinking about our summer wines! When you’re sunning on the beach, sitting on the deck, or enjoying a picnic in the park, what goes better than a tasty summer wine? We have a lot of your summer favorites in stock.

It’s tough to pick out a favorite summer wine. Red folks (you know who you are) like what they like (and they’ll drink it when the want to)! But for seasonal wines, we find that whites (like a Moscato, Pinot Grigio, or Riesling) can go a long way. Of course, our fruit wines are always a hit too! Some of your favorites are the Pomegranate Zinfandel, Peach Chardonnay, and Green Apple Riesling.


But we have to pick one. So, without further ado, this month’s wine is: Sangria Zinfandel. From the Island Mist line: “A sweet and easy-drinking summertime wine, a medley of seasonal fruits that can now be enjoyed year round. Your nose will be enlightened by scents of orange, lemon, and lime that will marry with cherries on your tongue to create a sensational sipper that balances sweet and citrus flavors.” A great way to enjoy the dog days of summer!

As always, we suggest that you age white wines about 3 months (and reds 6+ months). Unlike our reds and our whites, you don’t have to age the fruit wines, they’re drinkable immediately.

Stop by and check out our selection of delicious summer wines!

A vintner’s home wine cellar

Home Wine Cellar

We’d like to continue bringing you new ideas about wine making. This time we’d like to chat about home vintning.

We know that there are a lot of home vintners out there, so this time we’d like to share a little bit about “one or two” of you. We’ve had a couple of home vintners (who wish to remain anonymous) graciously consent to share their setup. A husband and wife team, they’ve designed (and built) it themselves.

First, a glimpse into their (still fairly new) wine cellar.

They shared a little about it:


A peek into the wine cellar


Our vintner friend said it best: “The pictures really don’t do justice in showing the room off”, but we think that it still looks AMAZING!

Work area

A work station


This is a “pic is of the work bench we made for our wine production. The bench is very simple, made out of 2 x 4’s with a medium density fiber board top that has been painted and coated with acrylic.”

Left side

There’s two sides to every coin


“I’m sending 3 [pics] looking in so that you can see we have 3 walls completed covered and then the one in the middle is a double.”

Right side

See? We TOLD you there was two sides!


OK, it’s official, we have (wine) cellar envy! Can we just say: It’s an awesome home setup.


Interested in sharing your setup? Stop in, or drop us a note!

We’d love to share your wine cellar! (OK, maybe just some pictures, keep the wine for yourself…)


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Rochester, NY 14624
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Sat: 9:00a – 2:00p
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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!)


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