... store and age your wine.
After mixing and bottling, the final and perhaps most important step remains –- storing and aging the wine in the bottle.
- Keep the bottles upright for 5-7 days. The bottling process naturally introduces some air into the wine. This should be allowed to dissipate through the porous, dry corks over several days.
- After about 5-7 days, store the wine bottles on their sides. You can now move the wine to your wine racks or simply lay the case box on its side. Storing the wine on its side allows the wine to saturate the underside of the cork, causing it to swell and completely seal the wine bottle.
- Store your wine in a relatively cool area, out of direct sunlight. Basement areas work well but any area of your home can work. A bit of humidity helps keep the corks supple.
- Patience is a virtue. Wines made at Genesis Winemaking need not be drunk within a certain number of months. Your wine will improve with age and keep for years. Some wines will be ready for drinking almost immediately, others should be cellared for several months before enjoying.