Cheers! The do-it-your­self ap­proach to wine and beer

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A lo­cally-owned and op­er­ated busi­ness for more than 20 years, Terry Ladas and his wife, Voula Ge­or­gos of Wine Makers, of­fer a num­ber of choices for area oenophiles – dur­ing Christ­mas­time and through­out the year.

“We fer­ment/make wine for our clients, and we also do spe­cial­ized la­bels for all oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing wed­dings and fundrais­ers,” says Mr. Ladas.

“And we sup­ply raw ma­te­ri­als for making wine, in­clud­ing the grapes, as well as ma­te­ri­als for (home) brew­ing beer, too.”

While Wine Makers – with two lo­ca­tions, the orig­i­nal store in Hawkes­bury, which opened in 1993, and in Alexan­dria, which opened in 2011 – does of­fer ev­ery­thing for the “do-ity­our­selfer,” the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of their busi­ness comes from cus­tomers seek­ing a more cost-friendly al­ter­na­tive to the LCBO.

“Ninety per cent of the clients who walk in our doors are look­ing to buy a bot­tle, bot­tles, or a batch (con­tain­ing 30 bot­tles) of wine,” says Mr. Ladas.

“A bot­tle of wine from us is go­ing to cost about $4, in­stead of the bare min­i­mum at the liquor store of about $8 to $10.”

Wine Makers car­ries a va­ri­ety of caber­net sauvigons, mer­lots, and pinot noirs – in­clud­ing Aus­tralian, Cal­i­for­nian, Ital­ian, South Amer­i­can and Span­ish selections.

As far as plan­ning for the rapidly-ap­proach­ing fes­tive sea­son, Mr. Ladas sug­gests cus­tomers wish­ing to make a pur­chase shouldn’t de­lay.

“If clients want to use our ser­vices for the Christ­mas hol­i­days, they need to come on in and place an or­der as soon as pos­si­ble,” he says.

“Fer­ment­ing wine re­quires time and we’re get­ting right down to the last few days for it to be ready for Christ­mas.”

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