Domenico Winery + Osteria

How to Make Wine with Bacchus Winemaking Club

Bacchus — the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, and above all, wine. You know his name, but you don’t have to travel back to ancient Rome to enjoy the fruits of his labor. In fact, you don’t even have to visit the Napa Valley or any other traditional wine country for an authentic experience. Enter Bacchus Winemaking Club: an opportunity for wine enthusiasts like yourself to create world-class wines!

The Face Behind the Bacchus Winemaking Club

The first rule of a winemaking club is… tell everyone! Whether you consider yourself an amateur looking for a new hobby or a connoisseur wanting to take a stab at winemaking, Bacchus Winemaking Club is made for any wine. lover. That’s because the Domenico winery’s experienced winemaking team, led by owner and winemaker, Dominick Chirichillo, will guide you through four hands-on sessions. Over the course of a year, you’ll produce your very own wine – right down to the label.

The Process of Winemaking

First, you’ll select your grape varietal and quantity. We give you all the options. For example, you could opt for more traditional wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay. You could also experiment with lesser-known varietals. In addition, we offer our favorite Cal-Italia selections: Barbera, Sagrantino, Nebbiolo, and our estate-grown, Syrah & Primitivo.

Can’t decide? Why not try a blend! We let you have all the options with Bacchus winemaking club.

So, how much wine to make? While our pricing differs depending on grape varietal and quantity, we offer the option to make a full, half, or quarter barrel.

Remember the four fun winemaking club sessions we mentioned? Let’s get started! 

  1. Destem & Crush | After you destem and crush your grapes into your private vat, it’s time to initiate primary fermentation.
  2. Press | Once primary fermentation turns the grape juice into wine, you will then learn how to press, prepare, and fill the barrels.
  3. Rack | Racking your wine involves siphoning your wine from one barrel to another, removing the sediment in the process.
  4. Bottle | Come summertime, your work is complete!  Now it is time to bottle and add custom labels, which means there is only one thing left to do….

All the Winemaking Club Fun!

Our annual Bacchus Harvest Celebration brings the winemaking club together to safely sip and sample the fruits of your labor. Best of all, we get to taste each other’s wines and enjoy delicious bites together.

Learn more about the history of our esteemed winemaking club from Edible Silicon Valley, and see how you can get started on your winemaking journey today!