Estate vs Non-Estate Wines: What’s the Difference?

Estate vs Non-Estate Wines: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard the term “Estate Wine” thrown around before but maybe you’ve never thought much about it. At Gainey, our wines are all 100% Estate Wines. In order to call you wines Estate Wines you must follow a few strict guidelines:



  • All of the grapes in the wine must be grown on the property
  • The wine is produced entirely on the property including fermentation, aging, bottling, etc.
  • The vineyards must be located in the same appellation

If a winery purchase grapes from someone else, you can’t call it Estate Wine. If a winery ships their wine off-site for bottling, it can’t be called Estate Wine. If a winery pulls grapes from various vineyards of different appellations, it can’t be called Estate Wine.

It takes extra time, extra money, and extra care to create a bottle of Estate Wine. At Gainey, we take pride in the fact that every bottle is Estate Wine. We enjoy knowing that the vineyards surrounding our winery are the same grapes used for the wine our guests enjoy. We hope that the handcrafted approach we take to making our wine and tending to our vineyards shows in every bottle.

 

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