Custom Crush Options for Grapegrowers

on 06/10/10 at 1:13 pm

Industry

Custom crush facilities like The Ranch Winery offer equipment and expertise to help overstocked grapegrowers liquidate unsold fruit.

Many consider making wine from unsold grapes but settle for lower grape prices instead.

With many growers facing very low prices for uncontracted grapes, custom crush wineries throughout California are fielding numerous inquiries about their services. “We’ve been inundated with calls,” notes John Wilkinson, general manager of Bin to Bottle Winery, which also manages the newly renamed Valley Gate Vineyards, the former Kirkland Ranch Winery.

Growers are exploring what it would cost to have their uncontracted grapes made into bulk wine, but Wilkinson says that many of the growers ultimately sell their fruit, even at a low price. “The wineries are finally going out there and making deals,” he tells Wines & Vines.

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