Not all wines are created equal. There is a significant difference between small batch wine made from carefully curated varietals and large batch, or mass produced wines. Small batch wines are handled and curated with careful attention to the overall quality, taste, and care of the product. While there can be pros and cons to each, small batch wines have been proved over and over again to be the vino of choice for those looking for high-quality wines.
Small Batch Wines
The motto of small-batch wines is quality over quantities. These wines are products of independently-owned wineries whose owners work hands-on with their product. Working hands-on ensures that the fruit is of the best quality and optimal ripeness. This fruit is then handled with care, pressed at the right time, and bottled when it is ready.
Independent-winery owners are consistently present with their product and are committed to creating delicious and vibrant wines with their own two hands. These carefully curated wines are often distributed through individual tasting rooms and wine clubs, although you may be able to purchase them in select retail locations. There is an air of exclusivity around a small-batch wine.
Small-batch wines come from vineyards with fewer grapes per acre, yielding more nutrient-rich and flavorful fruits. These wines are often region-specific, pulling grapes only from a specific region of growers. They also are able to add extra flavor to the wine by aging it in specific, often oak, barrels.
Producing limited quantities each year, it is unlikely for a boutique brand to bottle more than 10,000 cases of their creations per year. This can lead to higher prices for the wine but also leads to more unique flavors and depths. Independent wineries producing small-batch varietals lean heavily on ratings and accolades of their wines above the number of sales they get.
Commercially-produced wines are often made with the goal of quantity over quality in mind. They aim to produce as much as possible and sell as much as possible and soon as they can. Large wine labels often span many specific wineries and often focus on retail distribution.
These labels have the capacity to produce millions of cases of their wines every year. While this does help them to produce consistent wines, it can lead to lacking flavor and minimal hands-on treatment of the fruit.
Often, these large-batches of wines are pressed from grapes that are the product of large and dense vineyards. They choose growers who produce higher quantities of their grapes than ones who are more focused on the quality of the grapes they are growing. Large-batches of wines are aged in a stainless steel drum that, while allowing high quantities to be aged at the same time, do not provide the same level of flavor you can get in small-batch production.
The Vice Wine
The Vice Wine prides itself in being a small-batch, independent producer that provides high-quality varietals in distinguished combinations. We love being able to provide unique flavors and beautiful depth in our wines that cannot be found in the mass-produced wines of today.