Over the past 2 months we've been working with San Bernardino County, California ABC, and Federal TTB organizations to establish Meyer Manor Wine as a licensed and bonded Estate Winery! Unfortunately, this process takes a massive amount of time and money.
Federal TTB Licensing
Our most recent hiccup came in the from the Federal TTB requiring that we have a mostly completed and functioning stand-alone winery built and equipped. While this doesn't sound too unreasonable, it does mean that we have to build and equip winery facilities completely separate and distinct from the other buildings on the estate all while NOT being able to sell our wine. What a pain!
Don't worry, this will not stop us.
The California ABC will not talk to us until both the Federal TTB and county permitting is complete. So who knows still!
San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County has been very helpful in answering all of our questions. We are currently in the process and hope to soon be receiving permission on the county level.
We are also in contact with the Health Department as we begin making equipment purchases.