Wine is usually made from one or more varieties of the European species Vitis vinifera, such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Merlot. When one of these varieties is used as the predominant grape (usually defined by law as a minimum of 75% or 85%), the result is a varietal, as opposed to a blended, wine. Blended wines are not considered inferior to varietal wines, rather they are a different style of wine making.


The varieties you choose to plant depend on what kind of wine you want to make, and your climate and location. You'll have to decide whether you want to make white wine or red wine. Red wine is much easier to make than white, but the choice boils down to your personal taste preferences.

Choose a variety of grape that not only will make good wine. but will ripen and mature its fruit properly at your site.

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Local Wine Makers


If you are a local wine maker who is just starting out, an avid wine maker for either family and friends or if you are a license and bonded wine maker, we would like to hear from you.


Our site is new and we intend to devote a section of our web site to help local wine makers connect to other wine makers through our site.


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Family and friends share in the process of wine-making, to the extent that each participant can contribute through physical labor, planning and preparation, ideas, monetary support, and, of course, an enjoyment of the final product.


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