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Old 11-23-2016, 07:11 AM   #14511
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:15 PM   #14512
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This is the unknown as to how much we could sell. Going into this year, we had no brand recognition, no one knew who we were, no one knew our wines. Now we have a bit of a following, people are asking where our winery is and want to visit.

However, that being said, we have been told that many people won't buy your wines at an event, but then say they will go to your winery to buy (but never make the trip). So there is risk and reward, but I can't say for sure about either.

We still are running into this. We have been commercial for 6 years but only opened the tasting room 1 year ago. We thought that people would be beating down our door, but its more like politely knocking. We are making rent, utilities, and able to buy what we need but I thought it would be a bit more than this by now. Events in town really help but I think you need to spend a lot on advertising if new or something more unknown like mead.

 
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:22 PM   #14513
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Guys, you are confirming what we've been thinking. Lots of money going out with no equity coming back. I think we will pass on this opportunity, but now we have an idea of what the market is for what we are looking. We have other options to consider, but haven't had time to investigate those yet..... Possibly something a little less expensive or a little smaller for now. If the owner ever decides to sell the church, we will consider it....

We do want to have some of your wine available but not until January. I will say that location is huge. You know where we are and we do OK, not sure if that would be different if we were on Main Street, on a more traveled roadway, or had a bigger place that could do events. Although I don't know what the other local winery does business-wise.

 
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Old 11-23-2016, 01:09 PM   #14514
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Old 11-23-2016, 02:54 PM   #14515
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We still are running into this. We have been commercial for 6 years but only opened the tasting room 1 year ago. We thought that people would be beating down our door, but its more like politely knocking. We are making rent, utilities, and able to buy what we need but I thought it would be a bit more than this by now. Events in town really help but I think you need to spend a lot on advertising if new or something more unknown like mead.
The wineries that seem to do really well around here (Northern VA) are ones that are always hosting some sort of 'event'. Live music, food trucks, etc are becoming pretty standard, as are open areas where people feel they can bring the family and just 'hang out'. It is very common to talk to people and hear 'the wines are OK, but we come because its a nice spot and there are things to see and do. If we were at home, we'd be drinking something else.' However, these are the same people that are in the 'clubs' and receive quarterly allotments. So there must be some steady revenue in there.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:31 PM   #14516
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Out on the West coast for Thanksgiving with the kids. SIL has season tickets to the Rams. Great seats but basically rained/drizzled the entire game. The Coliseum has certainly seen its share of history but as far as a venue for NFL football in 2016 it is sorely lacking in facilities and just darn pretty sad. The new stadium won't be finished until 2018 IIRC. Fantastic weather after that (of course). Sunny and 72 degrees for a high and upper 50's for the low. Found some excellent wine selections from Costco (of course) for T-Day!

Went for a nice long walk in the Burbank "hood" today...... Some really cool houses. Fruit hanging everywhere. Tomorrow is honey baked ham and honey baked turkey breast. Nobody cooks in LA it seems. We are doing some sides. Stuffing, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, pies. SWMBO's parents are here as well. Definitely watching some football.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:20 PM   #14517
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We do want to have some of your wine available but not until January. I will say that location is huge. You know where we are and we do OK, not sure if that would be different if we were on Main Street, on a more traveled roadway, or had a bigger place that could do events. Although I don't know what the other local winery does business-wise.
Matt, we need to look into the state store on Main Street and see what that would cost. Might be interesting to split that location.....
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Don't know why, but I have the urge to cook some turkey today...
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Wife and I decided no cooking this Thanksgiving and it is our sixth Anniversary. So we decided to come down to Cancun, Mexico for our honeymoon. First picture is of the local Choati, a relative of the racoon, afraid of nothing. The second is the reason yesterday. All 3 hrs of it. The all inclusive bar helped to ease the pain of the rain.
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