Local Winery, Distillery, and Brewery Guide

By Dickson Osas

Have you ever considered opening a winery or a small brewery to produce your brand of wine or beer? Are you fascinated when you see those exotic wines at an event and wish to start producing too? Of course, it is possible; people are beginning to wake up to the reality of having a local winery.

Just like every other business, you need to put in a lot of effort and be goal-driven to start and successfully run a local winery; the winery is a callous area of business to venture into; you must be very experienced and be fully ready to invest a substantial amount of money and time, another thing is that running a winery requires total commitment and determination.

If you are ready for the challenge, this article will provide you with the pedestal you need to kickstart your winery; read further for more ideas and guides on how you can start up your local winery, the information, and the steps you can take to build a sustainable wine brewing business.

Everything you need to start a winery

1. Choosing your grapes

When thinking of a winery, the first thing that should come to mind is the availability of grapes. Are you living close to a vineyard, or do you have a personal vineyard where you can easily get grapes? This is vital when creating a vineyard because a winery cannot function without grapes.

2. Have a Clear Idea

It is important to have a clear cut idea about the type of wine you intend to brew as that will make it easy for you to decide on the location of your vine, the types of grape that will be needed since the type of grape to be cultivated will go a long way in helping to chose the ideal location to be sure that the grape is compatible with the chosen location and land and ultimately the wine you intend to produce, but if peradventure you found the location first, then you will only have the responsibility of looking for the grape that will grow well on the land you acquire, that way you avoid the problem of mismatching the fruit to the land.

There are many types of grapes, and there is a big chance that you will find the one that will grow well on the land you have gotten; whether it is red wine or white wine, you can easily get the one that will grow well on the land, this factor is important since the grape is the base of winemaking and equally important to determine the taste of the wine.

3. Create a brand

Branding goes a long way to determine how far a product. Will go and how. Much it will be accepted by the consumer; once you conceive the idea of starting your winery, it is imperative to think of an enticing branding idea that will give the product the marketing advantage; when considering branding ideas, you need to think about the product, what value it brings, the kind of experience your consumers are expected to get while. Drinking the wine, all these are to go together in determining what the packaging and the bottle should Ji outlook like that way; you have already communicated your value to the market.

Branding does not end with the packaging; it includes creating an enticing logo, labels, fonts, and color combination; all these go together to give your brand its uniqueness and make up for a brand identity.

It is important to research the copyright and trademark law. Once you settle for a brand’s name, the bottle design, and the logo, make it a point of duty to do extra research to ensure your chosen designs, names, and logo collide with any existing brands. Finally, you’ll have to pay legal fees for starting a winery.

4. Find a perfect location

Running a successful winery is typically dependent on the location of the business; since your wine type depends majorly on the location you chose or the locations depends on the wine or the grape you grow, it goes both ways in this business, whichever comes first will determine how the second goes.

Grapes are known to do well in moderate climates., which explains why most wines are from South France, Spain, and California; this equally explains why there are clusters of winemakers in the same region, it is due to the favorable climate for the business.

5. Business Plan

This is critical for any serious business, and a winery is no exception. To invest any money in a business, you must have a solid business plan outlining every aspect of the venture, from funding to location, business type branding, and marketing.

In the winery business, a lot of projection and forecasting needs to be done, and this must be included in the business plan; you must have a clear cut idea of the funding source, whether it’s from a loan, the family and friends, or personal saving, identify your competitor, Know your USP.

6. Find your Market

Once you get every step above right, finding the right market shouldn’t be difficult; if you are located close to a tourist attraction, you can only tap into the existing market by selling your wine to tourists who may need some wine to source up the fun, another market is the local restaurants, find a way to link up and introduce your time, you may be surprised at the volume of sales you can record from there.

All these factors must be considered since they will determine whether the business will succeed or fail. There must be a pre-conceived solution in case of any issue that may arise when the company finally sets off the ground.