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