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It is the charm of strolling through vineyards, plucking freshly grown produce, and watching it be transformed into a consumable, enjoyable product that draws people to the idea that they want to become a winemaker. Winemaking is definitely a charming business plan, but when those dreams start to take shape, the winemaking process proves to be more challenging than a lot of beginners expect. Here is a look at some of the common obstacles winemakers face when just starting out with their new business plan.
Relocating to a New Place
Winemaking is an agricultural process, which means the climate has to be just right if you expect to successfully produce the fruit that will eventually make the wine. Therefore, relocation is almost always going to be part of the equation if you decide you want to take this career path. A lot of prospective winemakers relocate to an area known for wine production long before they actually get started just to get familiar with the location, community, and farmers in the vicinity. While relocation is an expected thing, it can be a challenge.
Finding a Way to Gain Experience
There are actually educational programs for wannabe winemakers, but these are far from adequate to help you fully understand the process. A lot of individuals just starting out will assume their education alone should be enough. Those winemakers that have the most successful beginnings will often:
- Spend time as a laborer for a successful winery
- Work under a master winemaker as an apprentice
- Find winemakers willing to act as a sponsor of sorts to help them along
Tracking Down Quality Grapes
If you will not be making wine in your own vineyard, you will be faced with the challenge of tracking down quality grapes in the area from a provider who is willing to work with you. This is where it can be beneficial to already be a member of the community, possibly working with a local vineyard or winemaker in the beginning.
Many grape farmers will only offer their produce to winemakers they trust or have some established sense of familiarity with. In an interview with Forbes, Jamie Kutch, the owner of Kutch Wines in California, says it took him several years to pin down a good reputation with local farmers.
Facing Loss at a Volatile Time
Loss, especially in the beginning as you are learning the ropes of the winemaking business, is a very real possibility. Things can go wrong in the production process, problems can come about because of the weather, and you could even face losing a supplier at the last minute if they lose their crops.
Facing losses when you are only beginning as a winemaker can have a devastating effect on your ability to move forward. The only way to push through if something happens is to ensure you have plans in place and money set aside just in case something happens.
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Wine Lovers Tours has been in operation since 1980. They offer exclusive wine tours in an array of beautifully fascinating locations across the globe, from the French countrysides to the remote vineyards in Argentina. Founder and owner Vin Marottoli takes the wine-tour experience to a new level by providing enjoyable group atmospheres, cultural immersion, and wine tours that are far more than just a basic visit to a new place.