Winemaking Resources The following recommendations are not meant to be a
comprehensive listing of resources available to the winemaker. Rather,
each book, on-line
reference, on-line retailer and
magazine has been found by the iWinemaker staff
to be useful enough to merit a personal recommendation. A collection of
links to wine-related sites can be found here.
Cox, Jeff From Vines to Wines:
The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine Storey
Publishing, LLC, 1999 (3rd Edition)
From Vines to Wines is one of the better general overviews of the
winemaking process. Jeff Cox takes a more prescriptive approach,
providing step-by-step guidance with less emphasis on the underlying
principles and science of winemaking. For beginning winemakers, From
Vines to Wines is an excellent first reference.
Jackisch, Philip Modern
Winemaking Cornell University Press, 1985
If one were to purchase a single winemaking reference, Modern Winemaking
would be the right choice. A research chemist and commercial winemaker,
Philip Jackisch brings together the chemistry and microbiology of
winemaking with the practical expertise born of hands-on experience. His
writing style is engaging for both beginning and experienced winemakers.
By way of recommendation, it is common to see Jackisch and Modern
Winemaking referenced in other winemaking texts.
Margalit, Yair Winery Technology
and Operations Handbook Wine Appreciation Guild,
Winery Technology and Operations Handbook is the ideal reference for the
experienced winemaker, particularly those with commercial aspirations.
With a doctorate in chemistry, Yair Margalit provides all the scientific
detail most winemakers will ever need. In addition, he provides valuable
insight into how one can avoid catastrophic problems and remediate them
should they occur. While written for the larger scale winemaker,
Margalit's book is an excellent resource for any serious student of the
The Home Winemaker's Manual by Lum
The Home Winemaker's Manual is the most comprehensive on line resource
for the beginning winemaker that's available on the internet. Lum
Eisenman's multi-chapter reference rivals many printed books in terms of
breadth and insight. The Home Winemaker's Manual is available at
How Winemaking Works by Craig C.
While not specifically a winemaker's reference, this on-line document in
on the popular How Stuff Works website is a quick, easy to read primer
on the general principles and practices of commercial and amateur
winemaking. How Winemaking Works is available at
Jim Alexander's Home Wine Making
The Home Winemaking Page contains a number of useful articles for the
beginning winemaker and links to a variety of other useful references.
The Home Winemaking Page can be found at
The Winemaking Home Page by Jack
The Winemaking Home Page is an exhaustive collection of articles, links,
recipes and recommendations for the home winemaker. This eclectic site
covers the craft of making wine from grapes and other plants literally
from almonds to zucchinis. The Winemaking Home Page can be found at
Presque Isle Wine Cellars
Presque Isle Wine Cellars has built an outstanding long-time reputation
among amateur and commercial winemakers in the Finger Lakes and Lake
Erie appellations in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They bring their
comprehensive inventory of winemaking equipment and supplies, helpful,
friendly service and invaluable experience to their on-line catalog
which serves the needs of the smallest amateur batches through
commercial operations. The Presque Isle on-line catalog provides a
wealth of pithy, practical advice and can be found at
Vineyard and Winery Management Written for the commercial vineyard or winery owner (particularly in
the eastern United States and Canada), Vineyard and Winery Management
magazine is an in depth publication for the most serious of winemakers.
While much of the content will not be applicable to amateur winemaking,
it is often interesting for those with commercial aspirations or those
who simply want to better understand the economics and logistics of
grape growing and winemaking. Subscription information and a sampling of
content can be found at
WineMaker As their tagline, "Creating Your Own Great Wines" suggests,
WineMaker magazine is written for the avid amateur winemaker. Published
six times per year, WineMaker provides seasonally relevant features and
columns. Their varied advertisements serve as an up-to-date "wish book"
for the winemaker. WineMaker is available at many newsstands and
winemaking shops. Subscription information and a sampling of content can
be found at www.winemakermag.com.