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.

Juice Sale 2016

Juice Sale 2016

It’s official: the 2016 Fresh Juice Sale is complete! (Updated: 10/15/16 – 9:30a)

Well, we’re done! Because the truck was so late, we know some of you were not able to get here to pick up your juice. We’ve moved it inside: COME AND GET IT!

We DO have some extra juice, but not very much. So, we’ll have to do it on a first come first served basis. Stop by if you are interested, call and see what’s available.

Your receipt will be necessary for you to obtain your juice. Any unclaimed juice will be forfeited and your money will be refunded.

Please note: Our supplier adds sulfites to the fresh juice. This may effect fermentation if you choose to use wild yeast only, as a result, we recommend adding yeast.

Note: Wines By Design acts as a shipping agent only and is not responsible for the quality of the juice.

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.

Sign of the Times – 5

Sign of the Times – 5

It’s another “Sign of the Times” entry!

This month: You can dance!

(WBD Translation: Wine can sometimes not be ENTIRELY truthful.)

Check out some of our other graphics.

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.

Honey Sale 2016

Honey Sale 2016

Mead (or honey wine) is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man. It is made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast.

It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling; it may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Unlike beers and cider, meads (being wines) are drunk in small quantities.

This year, we’d like to try something new. In addition to our offering fresh grape juice, we’d like to offer honey (from a local honey farmer) for you to try your hand in making honey wine, better known as mead!

Mead has been found in numerous ancient cultures, from China (as early as 6500-7000 BC) to Europe (2800-1800 BC). Mead has been made (and drunk) in China, India, and Rome. It has been part of the heritage in Russia, Poland, Eastern Europe, and the Baltic states. Finally, numerous Celtic and Germanic cultures, as well as some African cultures (like Ethiopia) have enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) mead.

Interested in trying your hand at making mead?

Check out this year’s Honey List for our options!


Our 2016 Honey list:


    • Basswood
    • Buckwheat *
    • Clover
    • Orange Blossom
    • Wildflower *

* – Our supplier recommends these two for making mead. While Clover is their most popular honey, dark honeys have more flavor.

WOTM – August 2016:

WOTM (Wine of the Month) – August 2016

This month, our Wine of the Month (WOTM) is a delicious Carménère from Chile.  

Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Carménère is considered part of the original six red grapes of Bordeaux, France.

(That said, there are others who indicate that it originated in Spain, then was brought to Italy by the Romans, and eventually made its way to France, but we’ll leave the origin stories to the movies.)

Regardless of its origin, everyone agrees that the Carménère grape eventually made its way to Chile, where it flourishes to this day. The climate and soil in Chile allow the Carménère grapes to grow and thrive.

Carménère wine has a deep red color and aromas found in red fruits, spices and berries. The tannins are gentler and softer than those in Cabernet Sauvignon and it is a medium body wine. Carménère imparts a cherry-like, fruity flavor with smoky, spicy and earthy notes and a deep crimson color. Its taste might also be reminiscent of dark chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The wine drinks very well while it is young and continues to improve with age.

The Winexpert Selection kit is described as a “Deep crimson, with dark cherry aroma, red fruits and berry notes running to a smoky, spicy finish with notes of dark chocolate and tobacco. With medium body and moderate tannins, Carménère drinks well young and improves with age. Drink with grilled beef, pizza, or dark chocolate”.

Interested in trying your hand at a Carménère, this month’s WOTM? We have lots of the Winexpert Selection kits in stock.

Stop on by!


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!)


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