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The Basics

Maker is premium canned wine from independent winemakers. We source award-winning wines from the best small producers in California. Each can of wine highlights the story of the small producer who made it, and represents a different maker and region that we love.

We prioritize wine producers from diverse backgrounds that use organic and sustainable farming practices. Our wines are fermented to dry, with zero grams of sugar, and minimal sulfur additions. The wine is not “changed” or “dumbed down” for the can — it is the same award-winning wine you can find in bottles at the makers’ wineries.

At Maker we believe that every wine has a story. In addition to having a high bar for quality, we want to elevate underrepresented voices in the wine industry and highlight unique stories and backgrounds. Our winemakers believe in minimal intervention winemaking, and we prioritize wine producers that use organic and sustainable farming practices. Some of the wineries we’ve collaborated with include Sutro Wine Co., Bodkin Wines, Handley Cellars, Smith Devereux Wines, and Revolution Wines.

Quality: Our wines are vintage (year), varietal (grape type), and often vineyard specific. Wines that represent a time and place that the winemaker is proud to put their name on, not white-labeled bulk juice hidden by a fancy label.

Values: Our winemakers believe in sustainable farming practices and low intervention winemaking. Our wines are dry, with zero grams of sugar and minimal sulfur additions.

Diversity: We partner with diverse, small-batch makers to elevate their underrepresented voices and premium wines.

Little known fact — nearly all dry wines from reputable small producers have little-to-no residual sugar and correspondingly few carbs.

During the winemaking process, the natural sugars in grapes are converted to alcohol. Wines that allow all of the sugars to be completely fermented are known as “dry”.

While mass-produced wines from your grocery store can be secretly loaded with sugars to increase a wine’s “likability”, small-production, low intervention winemakers don’t add sugar or additives to their wine. Don’t be fooled by companies claiming to have invented “clean” wine - they are just re-branding dry wine (likely with worse quality juice).

All of our wines come from different award-winning, small producers in CA and have zero sugar (<0.5 grams) and few carbs (<3 carbs/glass for whites, <5 carbs/glass for reds). So drink the good stuff.

When our team gets excited by a wine and the Maker behind it we put the wine samples through two panels — a Can Club customer panel made up of regular wine drinkers like us, and our industry panel, made of wine experts with palates that we trust. We want to find wines that our Can Clubbers will love, and wines that critics, Somms, and wine buyers know are up to snuff. Want to join one of our tasting panels? Join the Can Club.

Quality, quality, quality. We’ll say it, most canned wine is ...not good. We have the highest rated canned wine on the market today, with 15 canned wines that have scored 90+ points and counting. The bottle equivalent price of these wines is $20-$50 per bottle, from award-winning small producers that love their craft.

Also, cans are deceptively large! Each 250 ml can is ⅓ of a bottle (almost two full glasses of premium wine).

So while you may feel sticker shock seeing a $10 can of Pinot Noir, a $30 bottle of single-vineyard, Anderson Valley Pinot would probably feel like a great deal. And $10 for two glasses of premium Pinot in a restaurant would be an absolute steal. Because canning is cheaper than bottling and we ship direct-to-consumer without middle-men, we can price our wines at or below the price you’d find these wines in bottles.

We work with a mobile canning line to can the wine directly from the winemaker’s tank at the winery. The Maker team works the line shoulder-to-shoulder with our winemaker partners to produce each and every can before it’s moved to our wine warehouse.

We work closely with the winemaker and our graphic designer to create a design that reflects their story. For example, the Chenin Blanc features the Sacramento city skyline, because winemaker Colleen Clothier is a Sacramento-native leading winemaking at urban winery Rev Wines.

Maker is run by local ladies that live in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco. We’re not Somms or industry folks, we’re regular wine drinkers that wanted to make great wine from small producers accessible to everyone. Check out our story.

We’ve got handy-dandy digital tech sheets with all the nerdy details and links to the profiles of our Makers. Feel free to email us at support@makerwine.com with any questions as well.

The Can Club

The Can Club is the best way to experience Maker. We offer a rotating selection of small batch wines, and you can customize your box with the wines we have available. You’ll receive 12 or 24 cans quarterly, along with invites to “Meet the Maker” events, the best prices on wines, and access to our Can Club exclusive wines like our premium reds.

Two weeks before each club box ships, you’ll get an email sharing our selections for the quarter, and reminding you to confirm, customize the selections, or “skip” before your ship date.

Outside of the quarterly shipments, you can purchase additional wines at any time and still receive your 10-20% Can Club discount!

There are no commitments with the Can Club! You can skip a shipment at any time directly in your account page or cancel your membership anytime by emailing our Support team at support@makerwine.com.

Yes! Many of our Can Clubbers love to re-up on their faves or try new wines in between shipments! If you're logged into your account, your discount will automatically apply to the order.

Our "Members Only" wines are super-limited wines that we only offer to the club. Most of these productions are less than 100 cases and true passion projects from our makers. All members-only wines are available to add to your club boxes. If you'd like to order "Members only" wine between shipments, you'll be prompted to login before you can place an order.

Within two weeks of your shipment date, you can visit the "Can Club" section of your account and you'll see the option to customize. You'll also get two email reminders to customize your box 14 days before and again 2 days before your order ships. You can login to your account at any time to see your next shipment date or skip upcoming shipments.

Email us at support@makerwine.com and we’ll take care of it for you!

About the Cans

Each 250 mL can is ⅓ of a bottle of a wine, which is equivalent to 1.7 glasses of wine (or what we like to call a “nice little Saturday”). It’s the perfect amount of wine to open solo for a little self-care or to share with a special someone over a nice meal.

No! If you've had a crappy can, chances are it was the quality of the wine, not the can itself, that left a bad taste in your mouth.

Modern wine cans don’t transmit an aluminum taste, and have a protective coating or liner. Several blind tastings have been done comparing the same wine from bottles and cans (including our own study), and test groups have not been able to detect a reliable difference between the two formats.

You betcha. The cans and all of our boxes and shipping materials that we send them to you in are 100% recyclable. Cans also have a smaller carbon footprint than glass bottles. Why? Aluminum cans are one of the most recycled materials on the planet. In 2011, a wine industry report revealed that 70% of wine bottles ended up in landfills. Drink canned wine, save the world.

You might be surprised to learn that cans are actually better for most wines than glass bottles. There’s no possibility of the wine being “corked,” which spoils 2-3 % of all wines. There’s also no risk of oxidation or light penetration, which can lead to that heartbreaking musty, cardboard taste.

Storing and Serving Maker

Canned wine (and bottled wine for that matter) is at it’s best when poured into a glass and served. Just like with craft beer, whisky, or any other craft beverage, pouring into a glass allows you to fully experience the aroma, which enhances the flavor and your sensory experience of the beverage.

If you’re at home, pour it in a glass. But if you’re outside or on-the-go, drinking out of the can is just fine too, we’re not snobs about it.

For storing and serving, treat canned wine as you would any other premium wine. Store it in a cool and dry place and serve at the appropriate temperature. A good general guideline is “chilled” (~55 degrees) for whites and rosé and closer to room temp (~65 degrees) for reds.

If you want to throw them in a cooler at a picnic and they are a little cooler than the “rulebook” temp, that’s ok too. You do you.

We can our wines at the time they are meant to be consumed, which may be right after production for a rose or after years of barrel-aging for a cab. While the can will remain drinkable for much longer, we think flavors and aromatics of the wines are best within 18 months of the canning date, which is stamped right on the bottom of the can. As our partner winemaker Chris says, “This is wine meant for the here and now. Not wine to be hoarded in someone’s basement.” We can small lots from a rotating selection of small producers, so you're always able to try something fresh off the canning line.

Shipping and Delivery

We can ship to all U.S. states EXCEPT: AK, AR, DE, HI, MS, RI, and UT.

Our priority is getting cans in your hands as quickly as possible! We process orders within 1-2 business days. Once shipped, all of our packages are sent via UPS Ground and should arrive within 1-2 business days within CA or 4-5 business days outside of CA. Please note, processing and shipping estimates do not include the weekend or holidays.

We offer free UPS Ground shipping for all orders of 12 or more cans. For orders with 6 cans, we offer Ground shipping for $7.99. Expedited shipping options are available and calculated at Checkout.

Please reach out to our Support team if you have any questions or issues with your order at support@makerwine.com.

Yes! You can upgrade to UPS 2-Day Air or Overnight Shipping at Checkout. Please note, expedited shipping does not change our processing time of 1-2 business days.

Once a package is already shipped, there is no way for us to expedite it with UPS on our end since the order is in transit.

Unfortunately, due to wine laws, we are not legally able to ship wine to a P.O. Box since an adult signature is required to release the package.

Tracking numbers are sent out as soon as your order ships via email. If you can’t find this email or have questions, feel free to email us at support@makerwine.com.

Yes! UPS is required legally to receive an adult signature before they are able to release shipped wines to any recipient. If for any reason you are not home when they try to deliver, they generally attempt up to 3 deliveries. After 3 failed delivery attempts, the package will be shipped back to our warehouse.

UPS My Choice’ members can redirect their package to a nearby UPS Pickup location, change the delivery date or update the shipping address within their UPS account. Please contact UPS directly for additional information or assistance with a package redirect at 800-742-5877 (Ext. 1) and reference your tracking number.

If you'd like to change your address or contact the carrier, call UPS directly at 800-742-5877 (Ext. 1) and reference your tracking number. You can sign up for a 'UPS My Choice' account online for free delivery alerts. ‘UPS My Choice’ members can also redirect their package to a nearby UPS Pickup location, change the delivery date or update the shipping address within their UPS account.

Reach out to us at support@makerwine.com with any additional questions about your order.

Due to wine shipping laws, unfortunately wine purchases can not be returned. If your cans are damaged in transit or you aren’t satisfied for any reason, please get in touch with us at support@makerwine.com.

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Visit our “Find Us” page for the fine retail and restaurant locations that carry Maker.

Email us at hello@makerwine.com and we’ll take it from there.

We can be reached via email - see below to get in touch with the right person!

Support: support@makerwine.com, Corporate Sales: hq@makerwine.com, General: hello@makerwine.com.

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