To date this is what I have done
1. made a verbal agreement with a current winery owner for assistance with the permitting process.
2. Have an agreement for winery space to place fermenters
3. Have aquired rights to the fruit from 30 additional muscadine vines that a retired friend of mine has. Will supplement this fruit with mine to be able to increase production until I am able to get more appropriate varities planted.
4. Have a verbal agreement for land usage to plant more vines that is on the same property where my winery will be.
5. Have bought a bottle of every muscadine wine on the store shelves I could find and have ordered another 12 bottles of wine from a North Caroline winery with similar styles to what I will produce. I will use these wines, plus the my own wines to have a wine tasting party to compare them to my wines.
6. Have 100lbs of grapes frozen to be ready when my permits are approved.
7. I have an initial label design drawn but need someone familar with a graphics program to get it on paper in color
8. Will be doing acid testing and residual sweetness measurements on the above wine for comparison to my wine.
9. Will apply for the certified Cajun / Certified Louisiana product lable offered by the State of Louisiana.
10. Will be checking with the state to see if there are any grants, or assistance, available for new business start ups.