Vintners of Kilworth was established in 1993 and has been the center of Kilworth's wine making community ever since. In 2014 Vintners Of Kilworth changed hands to the father and son team of David and Robert Calver. They are now making wine with many of the original customers who helped start the business so many years ago. David’s passion for viniculture has lead him to visit most of the wine growing regions of Central and Eastern Europe. He has an extensive and eclectic knowledge of the wine industry and can tell you all you need to know about the many grape varieties used to make wine. His son Robert's passion is wine making, research and development.
The first step involves a simple conversation. Tell us what you like, how you plan on using the wine. If you need guidance we will help you navigate the abundance of choices and choose a wine that suits your taste, your budget, and your timeline. Want something extra special? We can order it for you!
This step is required by law, and will take all of 5 minutes. We will have everything set up and ready to go. You will show up and sprinkle the yeast into the juice. Easy as pie! After that we will do the heavy lifting, monitoring, stabilizing, filtering, and racking your wine.
Once the wine is ready we will set up a "bottling appointment" with you. Again we will do all the setting up and heavy lifting. Simply show up (with or without your own bottles) and we will guide you through the process of bottling and corking. From start to finish this will take approximately 1 hour. At this time you can also customize your wine with labels, shrink wraps, etc.
Cabernet Sauvignon This complex red is the classic variety from Bordeaux. It is a full bodied wine with mass appeal. This grape is high in tannin and will develop into a complex fruitiness with hints of blackcurrent. It pairs well with red meats, lamb and duck.
Syrah, Sirah, or Shiraz This grape produces deep reds with a spicy fruitiness and a rich bouquet of berries. It ages gracefully into a velvety wine perfect for entertaining. Originally from northern Rhone where they are known as Côte Rôtie and Hermitage. Great with beef dishes, chicken and cheeses.
Merlot This supple, round-bodied red is high in alcohol with a mellow finish for easy drinking. It is low in tannins and should be enjoyed relatively young. It has a nose of cherries, mint, and herbs and spices. It pairs well with tomato dishes, Coq au Vin, anti pasta, cheese, pastas and pizza.
Sangiovese This is the main variety for Chianti, Brunello and Sangiovese grosso. This powerful, full bodied dry wine has a deep ruby colour and lots of flavour. It has a clean finish and pairs well with spicy foods. Also try it with fowl, vegetables, Osso bucco or oxtail. Mmm! A match made in heaven.
Pinotage The very best of the South African grape varities. Sweetest of the dry reds, often "jammy". Good with game, duck, wild boar, venison, or pheasant.
Zinfandel This adaptable grape variety of North America is bright ruby red. It has notable blackberry and cherry flavours, sometimes a little metallic in aftertaste. Makes deep reds and blush. Try it with paella, kebabs, or stuffed cabbage rolls.
Chardonnay The classic white burgundy oaked or unoaked, is known for its robust dry blend of acidity and high alcohol content. This elegant wine has hints of fruit and vanilla. Its crisp, rich taste can be enjoyed with or without food. A good partner for lobster, fish, and seafood.
Sauvignon Blanc, Fumé Blanc This wine is distinctly aromatic and smoky, with a nice sweet acid balance. This delightfully refreshing wine complements any light dish. Good with seafood, a cheese tray, chicken or a fresh green salad.
Reisling Famously from Alsace or South Germany. This refreshing wine is low in alcohol, flowery when young with subtle green apple and apricot flavours. Late harvest makes a good dessert wine which works well with cake and ice cream and mild cheeses.
Verdicchio This wine is medium-bodied and complex, with herbal aromas. It is dry and crisp with excellent acidity and appeals to many. Superb with grilled tuna, shrimp, sole, veal or pastas.
Pinot Grigio This wine is spicy in bouquet and flavour, with hints of honey and herbs. Sometimes called Tokay d'Alsace or Rulander in Austria. Its crisp clean finish makes it superb with creamy pastas, abalone, crab chou croute or my favourite onion and leek tart. Yum!
Chenin Blanc This distinctive white was originally from the Loire Valley but now from central California. It can be dry, sweet or very sweet with a fruity bouquet. Good with scallops, shellfish, or skate with black butter, salads, cheeses and light pasta dishes.
These are just the standards. We stock over 175 varieties in our cellar. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, tell us and we will try to have it delivered within a couple of days.
Hosting a special occasion? Ask about our event packages to keep things simple and affordable.
We know not everyone is a wine lover. If you're looking to brew your own beer or cider, we can help with that too.
Ready to call yourself a winemaker? We have all the wine and brewing supplies you need to get started.
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Most wines will benefit from at least 3 months in the bottle before drinking. Some reds will improve further up until 6 months. For those who prefer their wine slightly acidic or lacking in bouquet it's possible to drink the wines almost immediately after bottling. However, another approach would be an additive that accelerates the aging process and gives the wine a better "mouth" feel. We suggest adding gum arabica which will trick the palate into believing the wine is more mellow. This is done to taste prior to bottling 1 to 2 ml per litre of wine is recommended. This additive is a natural product which has no taste, no odor and bonds permanently with the wine molecules.
Wine should be stored upright for the first 10 days then stored horizontally in a rack or turn the case on its side. Wine should be stored in a dark room or basement where the temperature remains constant. Avoid storing your wine in places that have temperature changes greater than 15 degrees. Do not store the wine where the temperature drops below freezing.
There are dozens of specialty wines available each one requiring different additives to the process or different handling before bottling.
We also do FRUIT wines that sell very well throughout the year but work especially well for summer backyard bbq's.
Peach Perfection, a wine base of Chardonnay, with a sweetness level of 3 and a low alcohol content 5-6% and a taste and aroma of fresh peach.
Strawberry/Rhubarb, a white zinfandel base, a sweet sour freshness with an aroma of ripe strawberry.
Blackcherry, a merlot base with a rich sweet taste of Bing Cherries.
Blackberry, Raspberry, Green Apple, Grapefruit, Seville Orange, Tangerine, Banana/Pineapple and Tropical Lime are also amongst the most popular choices.
These fruit wines can be fortified with spirituous additives such as vodka or added as a base to Sangria for a perfect summer cooler.
Yes. At the moment we offer about 7 different kinds of beer and ale. Beer kits come in a variety of types and batch sizes. Ales, red ales, pilsners, blondes etc with a wide range of additives especially in the beers benefiting from the addition of hops.
Ciders are available in small batch sizes (30 x 355ml glass or pet bottles). Apple Cider is the most popular with strawberry, mixed berry, and spiced apple bringing up the rear.
Principally the client must do 2 things: start the wine by adding the yeast and bottle the wine when it is filtered.
The customer can supply additional additive to the wine, beer or cider such as dried fruit, grapes skins, hops, grains, sugars, sweeteners, thickeners, fining agents, etc. Some customers prefer to make their own wine at home, we can supply the kits as well as the hardware and assist you with your wine making experience.