been making homemade wine with my family all my life. Started in Italy and here in the states still with my Dad.
Is it worth it? Absolutely, I spend time with my Dad. We have made a medium investment in barrels, a press, glass etc.
once a year a bunch of us pay into a full truck from California. We chose what variety we want, lots around here like to make Zinfandel but plenty of guys like blends, cab, pinot etc.
You may have luck finding distribution through a local hobby store that sells beer, wine accessories etc. otherwise we have a state fruit distribution center that in early October is set up for people to drive in and buy bushels from California.
Its certainly not easy and.... if you are expecting amazing wines off the bat it’s probably not going to happen. If you can be light and not get caught up in the pretentious world of wine, just have fun, you can make really enjoyable wines.
I have a cellar of barolos, chateauneufs, barbarescos... and certainly I’m under no delusion that my wine is anywhere in the same world of Clerico or Conterno... haha
I'm having fun with my dad carrying on family tradition.
Good luck, it is a lot of work so if you go for it, go all in.