Make a Wine Bottle Tree

You can make a DIY wine bottle tree for drying bottles, storage and sorting in your homebuilt winery.


| March 18, 2013



The Homebuilt Winery

“The Homebuilt Winery” includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for more than 30 winemaking essentials. Learn how to make, store and package wine at home. 


Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing

Author Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for more than 30 winemaking essentials, including a crusher, a de-stemmer, presses, pumps, and a bottle filler in The Homebuilt Winery (Storey Publishing, 2012). With Hughes' home winemaking guide, you'll have everything you need to affordably enjoy delicious, high-quality, homemade wine. The following excerpt is a guide to creating a compact wine bottle tree, perfect for drying bottles as part of your homemade winemaking process. See the Image Gallery for illustrations showing further instructions.  

You can buy this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Homebuilt Winery.

More DIY projects from The Homebuilt Winery:

Build Your Own Wine Rack 

A compact bottle tree works well for drying bottles after you’ve cleaned them, and it provides another layer of utility in the bottle sorting process. This bottle tree will hold up to six cases of wine bottles and allow you to move those bottles around the winery with ease, whether to further sorting and storage or on to the bottling line.

Materials 
Scrap 2×4 and 1×2 lumber
Four 1-1/2" wood screws          
One 40" length 4×4 lumber
One 12" length 2×12 lumber
Four 3-1/2" wood screws
Twelve 36" lengths 3/8" hardwood dowels
Wood glue
Four small casters, with screws 

Build It! 
1. Create a drilling jig.
There are 72 holes to drill on an angle; a jig makes this job a bit more precise and easy. Drill two 3/8" holes through the 2×4 scrap piece, 3/4" up from the end and 1" in from the sides. Keep these holes as perpendicular to the 2×4 as possible. Use a miter saw to cut the end of the 2×4 off at a 45° angle, giving you a triangular piece of 2×4 with two holes.





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