I totally agree - in some states you actually have to have a seperate location from your house to sell this legally - then you have to have the FDA inspections, etc - a lot of hassle. I just take "Donations" or folks pitch in $$ and i make it for them. Now that is not to say i don't make a few bucks doing it this way.quick question....WHY?
all i can think is it can't be cost effective to bottle and sell kit wine. it would so muhc cheaper to do it from scratch for a large scale effort. i mean, ya youll make a bit of money but after bottles and kit pricing what would you make? a dollar a bottle??? is that worth the hassle of FDA guidlines?
also are you set up for all the hygene inspections and that BS?
now if your wanted to sell what you make to friends cuz they want a few bottles and that jazz...have them pitch in for the cost of the kit, they will be "helping" with the hobby so no FDA stuff needed...
Hi TeamKA,I know someone in Ohio that runs a full wine bar off wine they make from WineXpert kits. They sell by the glass and bottels to go. Unfortunatly I don't live in Ohio anymore to pick their brain about the proccess they went through. So I was hopeing to find someone here that had done something similar.
There are specific reasons that I cannot work around the system. We get asked a lot by people if we could sell them some of our wine, and we end up having to say no.
Hi Julie, =) Life has been a little crazy for me this year so I kinda lost touch with the site. (Sold 2 houses, building a new one, surgery, emergency followup surgery, wedding planning, bachlor party =), new job)Hi TeamKA,
Haven't seen you on here for awhile. I am not sure if you would be able to do this in PA. You would have to apply for a liquor license with the state.
You know you have to watch those bachlor parties, they will do you in. I do believe you are right about FDA and I have talked to a couple of wineries and getting a license is a long drawned out process. Are you planning on opening a winery?Hi Julie, =) Life has been a little crazy for me this year so I kinda lost touch with the site. (Sold 2 houses, building a new one, surgery, emergency followup surgery, wedding planning, bachlor party =), new job)
In the state of PA you only need a Limited Winery license to make and sell wine up to 200,000 gallons a year.
Also I'm pretty sure since Alcohol is not considered "Food" the FDA does not play in this area, I think at the federal level its all covered under the Alcohol and Tobaco Tax and Trade Bureau http://www.ttb.gov/.
I've always wanted to start my own buisness, but the startup costs have always prevented me from following any of my previous ideas. From the research I've done so far it would appear on the surface that the license costs are minimal for a limited winery. So the idea is that if i can get a license to sell the wine we make from kits (which we have seen done with success back in Ohio), and do it with out needing a comercial building at first... then we would see how it goes. Build a small customer base, then see where it takes us. Eventually I would want to try to get away from kits and make something truely our own.You know you have to watch those bachlor parties, they will do you in. I do believe you are right about FDA and I have talked to a couple of wineries and getting a license is a long drawned out process. Are you planning on opening a winery?
Is $300/year a close estimate? I realized I had a typo in my above post - I have NOT actually priced it out. How arduous was the process?In Michigan, you still need to get your permit from the TTB (feds) along with your small winemakers certificate to sell legally. I just went through the process.