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Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Tuscany Rosso Magnifico, 15.5-Pound Box
Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Tuscany Rosso Magnifico, 15.5-Pound Box

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4 week wine kit. great Italian table wines .

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  • Shipping Weight: 17.3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B001ELJK82
  • UPC: 057553250703

Customer Reviews

Vino Italiano Wine Kit – Montepulciano

 September 10, 2010
By Alligatorsam
I have just started my 15th kit so my experience level is getting up there. I’ve done kits from a couple of other companies; Wine Expert, and Vino Vida. I’ve bought kits from other online companies, from a local brew hut, and from Amazon. I’ll continue to buy these kits so long as they are selling them at this value.

You cannot beat the Vino Italiano Kits. They are complete with everything, delivered to your door with free shipping, and they make a really good wine. Let me back up and say first that a wine I like may not be good to someone else. We each have our own preferences. I’ve had many a wine served up at restaurants with price ranges of $10 to $100 a bottle. And the wine I am making now I like better than pretty much anything I’ve tasted from the restaurant, or the store.

I have tried the Valpolicella, Shiraz, Reisling and the Montepulciano from Vino Italiano. I have made a couple merlots, some white zinfandels also, but from other companies. I prefer the reds, and made the others because my kids requested.

I’ll typically, but not always, spike the kit with additional sugar to up the alcohol content slightly. If you follow the instructions, the initial specific gravity comes out around 1.080-1.084. By adding a couple pounds of sugar in the form of corn syrup or simple syrup, you get to around 1.09 or better. That usually will give a final ABV of 11.5 – 12%. Other things that I do outside of the kit instructions include adding 1 cup of black oak chips, 1-2 tbsp of vanilla extract, and a lb or two of some black cherries, blue berries or black berries (found in the frozen foods section at the store). Lastly, I like my wine not so dry, so I’ll back sweeten just as I am bottling. Again using corn syrup and usually between 8 – 16 oz per 6 gallons. To me the corn syrup seems to be better than simple syrup, but that’s just my preference.

I love the stuff. Currently my production is having a hard time keeping up with my consumption. Cheers.

Vino Italiano – A Quality Economy Wine Kit

 June 9, 2010
By L. P. Quinn
This is my third Vino Italiano kit and I made a double batch of this Tuscany Rosso Magnifico to fill a 40 liter oak barrel I have … I want to give this kit every opportunity to shine. It’s going to be my “house table wine” to enjoy with everyday meals while I wait for some of my upper end wine kits to fully mature.

A couple of hints to better appreciate these Vino Italiano wine kits:

1. Have realistic expectations. These kits make a nice light to medium-bodied wine. Beautifully red and brilliant in the glass, they are light and food friendy wines (and not necessarily great representations of their varietal). But if you’re expecting something full-bodied and inky dark like a Napa Cabernet, you’re setting yourself up to be disappointed. Keep in mind, this bottle of wine cost you $1.50 to make. (The cost of bottles doesn’t count … you can reuse them over and over – stay green!)

2. These wines will improve with time in the bottle. While it’s hard to resist dipping into your supply for weekly tastings, six months to a year in the bottle will make for a much nicer, less green-tasting wine.

I’ll add more to this review after I bottle this wine, but I will say that it is drinking better than the Valpolicella did at this early stage. Less dry than the Valpolicella with a nice balance of both fruit and tannins. I think I’ll be proud to call this Rosso Magnifico my “house red.”

Not bad for the money!!

 May 22, 2009
By Upstate NYer
I was pleasantly surprised by this kit.. I made it to the directions, but added 2 oak spirals (purchased seperately) during fermentation. For some reason, this wine took more time to ferment than the directions stated, which is why I always go by hydrometer readings and not the “guidelines” in the directions. This posed no problem for me as it gave the wine longer to extract flavor from the oak.. My kit took just over 6 weeks from yeast pitch to bottle. Fermentation alone took 4 weeks. This is also the only kit I ever made using tap water, so that “may” have affected fermentation..

All in all, this wine is a winner to me, and everyone who has tried it has given it a thumbs up. The oak gave it the soft buttery and vanilla flavors which I have always loved in a Chard.. If you are not a fan of oaky Chards, and decide to make this, please post your results without using oak. I am interested to see if the oak added significantly more character to this wine or not. For the money, I think this is a steal!! Especially since it comes with corks, shrink capsules and labels!!!

I will definatley be ordering this kit regularly, and already have orders for more bottles!!

Rosso Magnifico – Excellent Wine at 5 Gallons!

 January 10, 2012
By Sicilian Prince
I am not sure if I would still consider myself a beginner, anymore, but I am relatively new to this. Only making wine for a little over a year… In the past year, however, I made about 11 kits from different manufactures.

This wine, Tuscany Rosso Magnifico, is quite fantastic. I made it at 5 gallons by putting in all of the juice concentrate, but only re-constituting with water up to the 5 gallon mark. I also added 30 Grams of Oak Chips. Now, I personally don’t like a lot of oak in a wine. For that reason, I don’t like many commercial wines… 30 Grams of Oak is enough not to actually taste excessive oak, but have a better mouth feel. I got the oak from a home brew close to where I live. Medium Toasted Oak. Again, it is just my opinion, but less is more with the oak… You should trust your tongue, and not worry about what others say. You can always add more oak, you can’t take it away…

I put the oak in the carboy for the secondary fermentation. Not in the bucket. I learned that from copying a Mosti Mondale kit. Some kits but oak dust in the primary… So far, I have had good luck with the oak chips in the secondary.

The wine does taste much better, if you let it sit in the bottle 6 months after you bottle it. But, you will most likely not be able to wait that long…. Put 3 or 4 bottles away to age, if you can’t wait for the whole batch…

I am putting a video series up on YouTube, that shows you how easy it is to make this kit. Search for Sicilian Prince and vino italiano, and you should find my videos. It may be helpful if you never did it, to look at the process and once you see it, you will be confident that you can do it…

You will need some equipment to do this, but you don’t need more than a beginner equipment kit to be successful. Once you do it, you will be hooked… I typically do two or three at a time… At the time of this writing, I am doing WE Nero D’Avalo, WE Chocolate Raspberry Port, Vino Italiano Merlot. When I get a free carboy, I will do the Rosso Magnifico again. Mrs.Claus got it to me for Christmas.

By the way, everyone who has tried my Rosso Magnifico loves it…

See what I mean. You will get hooked…

I hope this review helps some of you out there.

Cheers!

Basic review of Vino Italiano kits

 June 5, 2013
By Ralph E. Bixler "Ralph B"
I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time now, so here goes.
I have bought many of the vino italiano kits and this is a general review of all with some tips that may help others.
First if you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime do it I save over 100 dollars shipping above the 79$ fee per year.
Now lets start with white wines since Verdicchio is a white. Follow the instructions and make sure all equipment is clean and sterile. I use Star-San sanitizer it works well and fast but I do rinse with clean boiled water after sanitizing to eliminate any after taste from the sanitizer. If you want to add sugar or honey to the primary fermentation phase mix it with water and boil it first. I know some don’t but sooner or later it will give them a wine vinegar instead of wine. Always take a beginning secondary and ending hydrometer reading. I use Super-Kleer KC Finings to clear before bottling it is faster then the stuff that comes with the kit. Amazon also sells american oak chips. I put about a half cup in my primary fermentation phase. Now when you are ready to bottle taste your wine, if it is too tart for you add a sweetener Wine Conditioner by RJ Spagnols will do and Amazon sells it prime eligible. If you want a higher alcohol content you can fortify white wine with vodka or gin or any other white alcohol, white lightening would do if you know a moon shiner.

Red wines all the above tips apply. I really liked the Barolo by Vino Italiano that I made with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of oak chips added to primary fermentation. I think the next time I will play with it and make an Italian Port by adding a sweetener and some brandy to fortify it after it is finished. It should work out because it has a great taste to start with.

Oh, BTW I alway make the full 6 gallons and boost my ABV by adding either sugar or honey in the primary stage. I know this is a long review and I hope Amazon lets it go through because it might help someone.

Shocked how good this was

 October 18, 2009
By Chris J. W.
I also modified the kit instructions. I hydrated the yeast, however, the instructions said that you could do this as an alternative to using the yeast sprinkling method. My SG at start was 1.08. The first fermentation ended on day 11. After racking, I added toasted oak chips. I racked the wine again on Day 21 when the SG was .990, and again on Day 23 due to the amount of ugly sediment that was forming quickly at the bottom (and I was going on a business trip). The wine at this point was extremely cloudy, and tasted and smelled horrible. The alcohol tasted very strong and I thought that the alcohol content was way too high. I then removed the oak chips and added the gels. The wine cleared within a couple of days and seemed to darken a bit over the next week. I racked the wine again on Day 33, crossed my fingers and tasted the wine. I was shocked that it tasted good but I wish that it had more body and had more oak flavor and had more body. I have not bottled the wine yet but am thinking of adding more oak and bulk aging the wine a bit longer. Note that I am probably at 20 liters but I am not adding water or wine, but am spraying inert gas (Wine Preserve) into the carboy whenever I lift the airlock.

I like a very oak flavored Chardonnay and this kit contains no oak. That is the only reason that I am ranking this kit as a 4 star instead of a 5. I hope that Amazon continues to sell Vino Italiano kits. I would to try out the red and see how they compare to the much more expensive Vino del Vido and Mosti Mondial red wines that I have made.

Based on my results thus far, I would recommend this kit. I will add more information to this review if I am able to later.

Update June, 2011: Just opened one of my last bottles. It keeps getting better. Very smooth, very good flavor. I am ordering another kit.

Excellent Dark Red Wine

 September 17, 2009
By Joseph
This kit comes with everything that you will need including the corks and labels. Following the directions I was able to create a wine that is very tasty. It is slightly dry and the flavor hits the tongue with a pleasant and slightly fruity flavor. The dryness of this wine disappears quickly after you swallow. This is an excellent wine for meals and should make a very good sangria when combined with fruit and a hot summer afternoon.

Vino Italiano Tuscany Rosso Magnifico

 January 10, 2010
By Nonna
I just finished making my 1st batch.. Great price, great taste..PLUS corks, labels, capsules and everything you need truly does come with it. I saw that a couple people were saying that some of these wines are a little weak.. What I do is make 5 gallon instead of 6. You get 25 bottles, I’s still under $2.00 per bottle and the flavor is excellent.

Vino Italiano Riesling

 July 15, 2010
By L Squared "ljlindberg"
I made this Riesling wine kit from Vino Italiano and am very happy with the results. Keep in mind that this is a value priced wine kit and can’t be compared to a primium 16 liter wine kit. But I am very happy with the results. This is a refreshing, fruity, dry, white wine. I made it a 5 gallon kit instead of the 6 gallons per the instructions and have found this kit to have surprisingly great flavor. These Vino Italiano kits are better than two buck chuck and they are fun to make. I used to drink Trader Joes wines in the $5-$7 range for everyday enjoyment. I think the Vino Italiano wines are better than what I had been drinking. Adjust your expectations and you will be very happy with the results.

Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Riesling, 15.5-Pound Box

Wonderful Red Wine

 December 17, 2013
By Steven R. Gruchawka "Shop till you drop"
I have tried the Vino Italiano Montepulciano, Vino Italiano Chiani, and Vino Italiano Tuscany Rosso Magnifico. All are excellent red wines even before aging. This is how I made them. My wife says these make her store bought wines taste like rotgut. She said these are the best wine she has ever had. It reminds us of our wonderful vacation in Montepulciano, Italy. Yes, I did make a few changes to the recipe. Yes, I did 6 gallons (not 5 as some others do). To eliminate the “thin wine” issue to the primary ferment I added 24 ounces of frozen “Sweet Dark Cherries” (defrosted and chopped up in a blender), 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, 1 Tablespoon of medium toasted oak chips, 1.5 teaspoons Pectic Enzyme (by E.C. Kraus) (to help clarify the pectin from the cherries), and 4 cups of cane sugar dissolved in 4 cups of water to raise the sp. gr. (boiled with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice then cooled). This was then bought up to 6 gallons with water. After the additions, the sp. gr. was 1.093 and fermentation temperature was 72F. On bottling day, I divided the batch in two. One-half as dry wine for my wife (sp.gr. 0.991), and 1/2 as dessert wine for me. To the dessert half I added, 1/2 teaspoon Potassium Sorbate, 1/4 teaspoon Potassium Metabisulfite, and 3.5 cups cane sugar in 3.5 cups water (boiled with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice in 3.5 cups water for a few minutes, then cooled). These two chemical additions are essential to prevent exploding bottles in sweetened wines. Boiling the cane sugar with water and lemon juice converts some of the sucrose to glucose and fructose to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing out in the sweetened wine. The final sp.gr. of the sweetened wine was 1.019. The wines kits, like Vino Italiano, made by PakLabProducts, are GMO-Free. Some of the kits by other manufacturers may contain GMOs like corn syrup, so watch out. GMOs cause allergies, intestinal issues, liver and kidney damage. These are wonderful, wonderful wines – both as dry wine and as sweet wine. Alcohol content comes out to 12.5%.

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