Winery Definitions

  • Unfortified wine is fermented naturally or with sugar and does not exceed 17% alcohol.
  • Fortified wine - exceeds 17% alcohol and usually has brandy added to stop the fermentation.
  • Content of Wine for Labeling Purpose (Rules by TTB): 
    • American Wine may not be labeled a vintage 
    • Varietal Wine - 75% made from that grape variety (except labrusca which must be at least 51%) 
    • North Carolina Wine - 75% North Carolina Grapes 
    • AVA (American Viticultural Area designation) - 85% grapes from that AVA
    • Vintage Wine - 95% Grapes from that year
    • Estate Bottled Wine -100% Grapes from winery-owned vineyards
  • Wholesaler = Distributor - can be winery with exemption to receive wholesale permit
  • Retailer - can be winery on winery premise
  • Importer - receives product from outside of state or country
  • Exporter - regulated at federal level only
  • Bottle Sizes

    Half bottle

    0.375 liters

    0.5 bottles

    Bottle

    0.750

    1

    Magnum

    1.5

    2

    Double Magnum

    3

    4

    Jeroboam

    5

    7

    Imperial

    6

    8

    Methuselah

    6

    8

    Salmanazar

    9

    12

    Balthazar

    12

    16

    Nebuchadnezzar

    15

    20

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