On every bottle of Naggiar wine, under the description of the wine and above the government warning, you will find the words ” Estate Grown, Produced and Bottled by Naggiar Vineyards and Winery. It may seem an insignificant thing, but those four words, “estate grown, produced, and bottled” really set Naggiar wines apart from most of the wines out there. A good majority of wines may state “cellared and bottled by” or “produced and bottled by” or even “vinted and bottled by”, but you would be hard pressed to find many that are estate grown, produced and bottled on site which is essentially saying we are in control of everything from vine to wine.
So, what exactly does it mean to be estate grown, produced, and bottled? Estate grown means that 100% of the grapes must come from vineyards owned or controlled by the producing and bottling winery and must have a viticultural area appellation in which both the winery and vineyards reside. Produced means that everything from crushing the grapes, fermentation, aging, finishing and bottling (our third criterion) must all happen on premises.
You may be wondering “well, don’t most people do that?” The answer is an emphatic “NO!” While it is generally accepted that most wineries grow a percentage of their own fruit, the rest is must be made up by contracting with growers to buy their fruit and/or buying bulk wine from the bulk wine market. For large wineries, it would be impossible to own all of their own vineyards, financially, it wouldn’t make any sense in such a volatile business as the wine industry. From a financial standpoint, buying bulk wine makes sense in that you can buy it just before bottling- you will re-coup that money a lot faster than if you relied on wine that you’ve had to process from harvest until bottling.
Now, the million dollar question, “why does it make a difference whether it’s estate grown, produced and bottled as it is financially less risky to have some of the work done off site?” It basically comes down to control- any master of fine art, whether they be a jeweler, chef, designer or winemaker looks t0 control every aspect of their business to ensure the vision of their end product. Ok, so we don’t make glass for the bottles in our own furnaces or grow our own trees to produce our own corks, but we do choose exactly where our glass and barrels and corks come from. All of our vineyard management is in-house, there is no company that does this for us- all pruning, canopy management, vine nutrition, and picking is all down to us. Everything is done on our own time-line, when the wine is pressed, bottled, punched-down- all done at the optimal time. When our grapes are picked, it is when we deem them at optimal ripeness and they are picked and processed right away as the winery is right there in the middle of the vineyard. You can’t get that guarantee from other vineyards and wine facilities.
So, our house wine? All of them!