With grapes you are going to want a big fermenting bucket like the size of a trash can, you can get a Brute trash cn at Home Depot or Walmart but make sure it is food grade which is determined by a Triangle on the bottom of the bucket with a 1, 2, 0r 3 inside. QUOTE]
When buying or scrounging plastic pails for your primary fermenter, after checking the number in the recycling triagle, its a good idea to stick your nose in and sniff. If it has a strong odour, pass on it.
You really don't need a pile of equipment to make wine, and since you have 6 or 7 months till the grapes are harvested, keep an eye on craigslist, local classifieds or garage sales for used stuff. There's alot of people who lose interest and want to get rid of it.
to get started you need
1. primary fermenter (big bucket as mentioned above)+clean plastic sheet and string or rubber band to cover
2. secondary fermenter-- Glass or plastic carboy or demi-john or several of them, depending on the size of your batches. You need an air lock to fit. Don't use water bottles, as apparently some can let oxygen get to your wine (a bad thing).
3. a length of food grade hose to transfer or "rack" the wine from one container to another.
well you need things for stirring, crushing grapes, and measuring ingerdients, but just about any kitchen has something that will work.
THe problem is that once you get started, you'll want hydrometers, corkers, filter machines, bottle washers...etc etc etc......