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  • Deep Dive Into Certified Craft Wine
    April 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    If you’re a winery that’s wondering how the Craft Wine Association can help you, you’ve come to the right place. Wine drinkers and foodies alike love to know where their food and drink comes from. It’s a huge benefit if you can say that it goes directly from Farm to Fork, or in this case, Farm to Cork©. 

    With the health-aware consumer, it’s more important than ever to create products that they can love and trust. Not only does it have to taste good, but buyers want to know the process, the products, and if what they’re drinking is healthy and high-quality.

    With a certification from the Craft Wine Association, you can evoke all of those things.

    Here’s what we we look for when it comes to qualifying your vineyard for a Craft Wine Association application.

    A small team of winemakers

    The best wine comes from wineries with a sole winemaker or a very small team. This ensures that only a few hands are involved in the process and that you know every step of the procedure. This small team should lead the winemaking process from start to finish. From the selection of grapes to the final pour, the entire process should be carried out by you and your small team. A small team also allows for smaller batches, which is one of the top qualifiers of Craft Wine Association labeled wine.

    Limited wine production

    The wine that you produce should only be created in batches of 5,000 cases or less. To qualify, the winemaker must also be involved in the process. This means that you just buy someone else'e pre-bottled wine and slap your label on it — but you actually have a hand in the entire process. You are automatically disqualified if you create formula-made wines, purchase premade bulk wine, or if you create more than 5,000 cases with each batch.

    Do you know where your fruit comes from?

    The best craft winemakers know where their grapes or other fruit come from. Why? How your fruit is grown matters to comsumers making it crucial that the winemaker can trace back to where it comes from.

    Certifying your wine

    If you’re interested in certifying your wine, you just have to follow a few simple steps. You’ll have to register your winery and obtain a COLA. Why? Because we only certify commercially available wine. You’ll have to meet all of the above standards, submit your winery and wines for certification. Once approved, we will send you logos and otehr identifying marks you can use. You also become part of a larger community of Certified Craft Wine producers.

    If you’d like to learn more about certification through the Craft Wine Association, please feel free to contact us. We are here for you.

    When this new generation of wine buyers shop for wine, many look for something aithentic, hand made and special. All of that is communicated by the Certified Craft Wine designation. This tells them that the winery knows exactly where their resources came from — and makes them feel more comfortable buying and drinking the wonderful wine you make.


    Farm to Cork© is a copyrighted phrase wholly owned by the Craft Wine Association and may not be used without permission.  

  • How To Find Craft Wines And Wineries

    October 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    A Craft Winery is a small production winery who produces less than 5,000 cases per year and is often characterized by a handmade process, direct to consumer sales and locally or sustainably sourced ingredients. There are about 8,000 of these operating in the U.S. today but as of now only 21 of them are certified by The Craft Wine Association. As we grow and add more and more members we will continue to be a resource for consumers to find and identify wines as “craft” but in the meantime, how do you find a Craft Wine near you?

  • Bookshelf Wines-From Prelude To Epilogue

    September 27, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    After a few chapters and editions, our hobby garagiste winemaking has now become that page-turner known as Bookshelf Wines. We are Niles and Sheila Fleege. We followed career and military opportunities to California and stayed here for several reasons including the weather and the wines! Niles hails from the small town of Galena, Illinois. He...

  • Is Craft Wine Carrying The Nation’s Wine Sales?

    September 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Small production, Craft Wine is a growing trend not just in the United States but around the world. The trend is being driven first by people who are passionate about wine retiring, leaving their day jobs or creating a space in their lives in some way to produce wines they believe in. Secondly, it is 

  • ‘Natural Wine’ Pioneer Joins the Craft Wine Association
    September 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    At the heart of the Craft Wine