A Certified Craft Wine is a commercially available, small-production wine made in total production runs of fewer than 5,000 cases, but it not solely about size. Authenticity and traceability are key components as well. Wines made in production lots larger than 5,000 cases, even if a single bottling or labeling from that lot is fewer than 5,000 cases, do not meet the standards of Certified Craft Wine.
Here is what you need to qualify:
An identifiable winemaker. While a custom-crush or Alternating Proprietorship facility may be leveraged in the production of Certified Craft Wines. A Certified Craft Wine will have a winemaker leading production from the process of grape selection through fermentation. This is not just a crush employee, but a winemaker deeply involved with the winery.
Small lot productions of wine of fewer than 5,000 cases that rely solely on pre-prescribed protocols of a third party, or without that winemaker/winery connection, do not qualify for the Certified Craft Wine designation.
Grapes must come from an identifiable vineyard or identifiable vineyards.
Wineries whose entire annual production is under 5,000 cases per year also qualify for the designation of Certified Craft Winery at no additional cost.
The Certified Craft Wine and Certified Craft Winery Seals
Stand out in the market by displaying the Certified Craft Wine and Certified Craft Winery seals.
Customize the colors to suit you. Use it as an identifier that your wine is indeed Certified Craft Wine on bottles, labels or sides. Put it on marketing materials, websites, wine totes, on menus, tasting sheets or other materials.
Get creative, the license will allow you to use it on just about anything you can think of. The only restrictions are that it must be used to identify registered Certified Craft Wine or Certified Craft Winery and be used for the sole benefit of the licensee.
All you need to do is:
- Register your winery
- Have a valid COLA from the TTB
- Meet the certification requirements of the Craft Wine Association (As mentioned above)
- Register your wine as a Certified Craft Wine with the Craft Wine Association.
- Download the seal.
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