Congratulations, You’re A Winery! Now What??

There are currently over 7,000 wineries in the US. I continually am in contact with folks at the beginning stage of starting a wine business, and many of those are as a “bonded winery”. Basically what that expression means is they are licensed as a winery, so a business that makes wine, grape to bottle. It’s a pretty exciting stage to become officially licensed, but then after that initial excitement wears off comes all the “what do I do now?” questions as far as compliance related to that new permit.¬† Believe it or not¬†everyone I interact with that is starting a winery is doing so because they’re excited about making and selling wine……….not because it means they’ll get to deal with compliance. Continue reading


My Top Time & Money Saving Winery Compliance Tips!

Winemakers, do you cringe at the thought of having to deal with your compliance? If you said yes (And you know all of you did) then I've got some good news for you. There are some simple ways to make keeping up with your compliance an easier task. Really, there are. 

I've conveniently summarized a list of my Top 3 Tips just for you, which if followed consistently are guaranteed to spare you from a lot of unnecessary cringing. Continue reading


Choosing Winery Compliance as a Career

I'll often go to the wine industry website Wine Jobs and enter "compliance" in the Keyword box and then view what comes up.

Why do I do this? I'm curious to see how the tasks around winery compliance show up under a range of winery position titles.

All sorts of positions come up by entering that keyword, everything from winemaker to wine club manager to compliance analyst to business manager came up the last time I ran this search.

As I viewed the specific responsibilities of each of these positions I did actually find a range of wine compliance tasks that were listed in their job responsibilities.

Why am I curious about this? Because managing winery compliance truly effectively is a complicated task. Continue reading