Till the bottle is empty!! LOL
True. It really depends on what it is made of and how it's stored. Grape wine made from wine grapes will last just as long as commercial wine as long as you use sulfite etc. and decent corks or other closures.
I am understanding it is same as commercial wines, not? White wines 1 year in bottle and dark wines 4 or 5 years.
Unless you have a great grape then longer potentially. A great tannic red wine which is pretty acidic and aged well in a good bottle in decent storage conditions, maybe 15 20 years or so. Same as commercial wines. It would have to be just right and just like commercial stuff you would be drinking it over time and you would know if it peaked and the quality was dropping off.
I have to answer this... I just opened a bottle of Blackberry wine my Grandfather made and bottled 11/1999. This is over ten years old and it is unbelievable! I found a case I had forgot about in my fathers garage. I had received several cases after my Grandfather went to heaven because I appreciate the wine the most. Wow, I am amazed as I expected to be opening a bottle of vinegar! It is actually better now than it was in 1999. I have 11 more bottles to try, from strawberry, crab apple and grapes. I hope that they are all this good! This has been stored in a box, in a non insulated garage in Oregon. The bottles got to below freezing every year
Yeah! Hail Oregon Blackberries! The most invasive and hardy berry the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
A friend just brought around a bottle of 1984 elberberry wine, we drank it on New year's Day 2010. It was superb - it had matured into something like a dark, dry sherry.
For the record, in 1961 a bottle of steinwein made in 1540 (yes - 1540!) was opened and drunk with pleasure in London when it was 421 years old; the production methods in 1540 would not have been more sophisticated than most home wine making (although on a bigger scale)- os the answer can only be that it depends on the quality and sugar/alcohol content of the wine.
I made apple and raspberry wine in 2002.. moved three times since then.. for the first 6 yrs wine was stored on its side.. last four years have been sitting upright.. I was going to empty the bottles to clean them out for reuse.. very much to my surprise, the wine is still good- in fact quite good; aged and tastes alot like sherry.. it was very high content when bottled.. top quality supplies, good corks and shrink wrap toppers, so thats 10 yrs!
We have just found about 40 bottles of homemade wine from late 60s/ early 70s, been stored under the floorboards in the house. What to do with it ????
you popped a cork on some yet?
Sounds to me like you have at the minimum 40 samples of wine to try.
I always thought that the whole point of making wine is to bottle it and let it age for as long as possible.
It has to be stored properly and been put away at proper ph and TA.
Can you update us on the character of the other old fruit wines too? Very interested. Thanks!
Drink it !! It is probably the best wine you ever had.
my Dad made some grape wine over 15 years ago and he says it is still good. it has a murky color and some sediment on the bottom of it.
he has it in a gal jar with a normal lid. No cork.
He says it still taste good, but everybody else won't even drink it because it looks and smells bad.
he does not drink it very often and he keeps it in his closet. He does not have any kind of temperature control with it. So it get hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
I don't want to throw it away if it really is good, but I really need to know for his safety.
if wine probably no good but I bet he has something he fortified which it may or may not be. Only way to tell would be to taste it.
I would suggest sending it to me. I will test it for you.
I recently uncovered a stash of about 70 bottles im on my third first two good third is questionable . I estimate it to be around 1968.
My grandad is beside me and said "If you make it and bottle it right the wine will out live you. We just tapped into his cellar and opened a 50 year old bottle, it's amazing. Better than anything I have ever made. His daddy made it. When my grandad was about , 15