I too would either do a batch of apfelwein first, or a wine kit. apfelwein is cheap and easy to make, doesn't need anything real fancy equipment-wise, but you do need to age it 6 months or so to get the true flavor out of it.
many white wine kits will be ready to drink after being in the bottle just a few weeks. reds need to age a while usually...3-6 months or more.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10