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Old 06-02-2016, 07:46 PM   #101
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Virginia is a very wine friendly state. But land isn't cheap - especially here in Northern VA, near DC.
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:03 PM   #102
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Thank you for the reply. Northern Georgia is one of the areas we really like. Do you consider Georgia small business/winery friendly? How are the wineries in the area with supporting/mentoring other wineries? We are really trying to do our homework without rushing things. Resources have been pretty hard to come by. Thank you!

 
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:06 PM   #103
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Virginia is a lovely state. We would definitely not be interested in the DC area.

 
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:04 PM   #104
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I can only advise to stay out of PA, as our laws are archaic and the state is none too friendly to new wineries. I am currently researching NC regulations for wineries, as life might intervene and I will need a real job for a few more years until I can focus full time on a winery. Right now we have a hobby that makes some money on the weekends.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:33 PM   #105
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ok I know this is an old post but to my thinking everybody must know more now then they did back then
first off I lean toward country fruit wines , since in single i'm wondering if I cut a breeze way between 2 bedrooms to convert to a winery, I already have a 3 basin commercial sink and a commercial prep table both of course 304 type stainless steel or food grade stainless, I use to build food type stores in shopping malls so I messed with many health inspectors both city an state, I know all about using fiberglass panels or FRP on ceiling and all walls and lunouam on the floors with drain in middle of each room, , or would it be better to split my land into 2 deeds and put a metal building on my back acre of course I'd have to insulate run HVAC and so on, which runs into very expensive, but would protect my home,,, I've got several local politicians and several multi-millionaire row crop farmers, pushing me to go commercial so I would make more and sell it.right now I sell nothing at all but I do trade for new Italian carboys, fruit concentrate from home winery, but they want me to go from 12 carboys and 1 racking/mixing/back sweetening 6.5 gallon carboy to at the very least, tripling every thing at the minimal end. I really have no interest in this but my nephew had a cancer that had only ever been seen 66 times now 67 times they had to make a corroded artery for his neck 4 inches long and he can never lift heavy things every again without the risk of the artery busting loose. so i'm thinking since I got a following of local politicians and row crop farmers with the smallest owning 8000 acres. now don't get me wrong I've never been around them high dollar clicks, but it's hard for me to see a multi-millionaire with hat in hand standing in my driveway asking if they could be in my inner wine click, heck the only click I ever had was when pulling a bead on a rabbit or deer, I stay away from people like that, I've worked my entire life to remain a plain old country hillbilly, but for my nephew I guess I can do what is not in my comfort zone, these people are like me they have no trained pallet, they don't drink dry or semi-dry wines and they prefer fruit wines as opposed to grape wines,, most wanting muscadine and elderberry wines followed closely by peach, then blackberry strawberry wines.. so I'd like to know the pro's an con's of a move like this I was wishing to just slowly drift thru life, but for my nephew age 28 I feel lead to help set him up a business for him that don't consist of heavy or tons of pressure he's a very good kid, polite say's yes ma'am no ma'am,, yes sir an no sir, does not lie, tries to help people whose down on there luck, just an all around nice kid,,,,
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Hound,

It was my intention to start slow and small and keep my "learning mistakes" to a $$ minimum. From dealing with the feds, the state and the logistics of operating a winery (with help from family and friends, though many times by yourself), it takes a bunch of time and planning/thinking ahead. We have had compliments that as a new winery, our wines are good tasting. Many of the other wineries have told us that taste is a big hurdle to overcome before dipping your toe into the commercial waters.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:22 PM   #107
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TTB will not let you have a winery in your home, even if you sequester room one off from the rest of the house. You need to have a stand alone structure.

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ok I know this is an old post but to my thinking everybody must know more now then they did back then
first off I lean toward country fruit wines , since in single i'm wondering if I cut a breeze way between 2 bedrooms to convert to a winery, I already have a 3 basin commercial sink and a commercial prep table both of course 304 type stainless steel or food grade stainless, I use to build food type stores in shopping malls so I messed with many health inspectors both city an state, I know all about using fiberglass panels or FRP on ceiling and all walls and lunouam on the floors with drain in middle of each room, , or would it be better to split my land into 2 deeds and put a metal building on my back acre of course I'd have to insulate run HVAC and so on, which runs into very expensive, but would protect my home,,, I've got several local politicians and several multi-millionaire row crop farmers, pushing me to go commercial so I would make more and sell it.right now I sell nothing at all but I do trade for new Italian carboys, fruit concentrate from home winery, but they want me to go from 12 carboys and 1 racking/mixing/back sweetening 6.5 gallon carboy to at the very least, tripling every thing at the minimal end. I really have no interest in this but my nephew had a cancer that had only ever been seen 66 times now 67 times they had to make a corroded artery for his neck 4 inches long and he can never lift heavy things every again without the risk of the artery busting loose. so i'm thinking since I got a following of local politicians and row crop farmers with the smallest owning 8000 acres. now don't get me wrong I've never been around them high dollar clicks, but it's hard for me to see a multi-millionaire with hat in hand standing in my driveway asking if they could be in my inner wine click, heck the only click I ever had was when pulling a bead on a rabbit or deer, I stay away from people like that, I've worked my entire life to remain a plain old country hillbilly, but for my nephew I guess I can do what is not in my comfort zone, these people are like me they have no trained pallet, they don't drink dry or semi-dry wines and they prefer fruit wines as opposed to grape wines,, most wanting muscadine and elderberry wines followed closely by peach, then blackberry strawberry wines.. so I'd like to know the pro's an con's of a move like this I was wishing to just slowly drift thru life, but for my nephew age 28 I feel lead to help set him up a business for him that don't consist of heavy or tons of pressure he's a very good kid, polite say's yes ma'am no ma'am,, yes sir an no sir, does not lie, tries to help people whose down on there luck, just an all around nice kid,,,,
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:52 PM   #108
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I have been to a winery in Waukesha wi area that has a winery in the basement of their house. They are separated by a locked door but they run a thriving business

 
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Old 10-28-2016, 04:07 PM   #109
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Oh wow. Was just relaying what an approving agent told me!
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:58 PM   #110
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Yeah I couldn't believe their set up. But it was considered separate so they got it to fly.

 
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