What do people mean when they describe different wineries? In an attempt to quantify the terms used to label a winery's production, here is our dictionary, although this is our version. There is no law used to define them :
Boutique Winery: under 1,000 cases produced annually. Guests will most likely meet the
winemaker/owner when visiting in their home or vineyard. You have not heard of them because they do not distribute their wines across the country. Maybe a friend shared a bottle with you afterf their trip here.
Small-Production Winery: under 5,000 case production annually. Staff or Wine Educators
give your tour/tasting at a commercial, though small, tasting room.
Cult Winery: You know the name of this winery. Everyone does. This label is on every restaurant
wine list across the country and you just "have" to visit. You feel like a 5-year old child, getting to
meet Mickey Mouse!
Estate Winery: Guests will visit the palatial estate where the vineyards grow, the wine is made, bottled,
and the staff welcomes you! It is one-stop shopping. You you will see where each grape came from in your bottle.
Christine McMillan has a background in corporate event planning, economic development, business development for non-profit organizations and was a long time Restauranteur in St. Augustine, Florida. She has also planned national conferences for the U.S. Army, The Cathedral Ministry Conference, three-day music festivals, corporate meetings and weddings.
She was raised in Florida, graduated from Florida State University, and lived in several states before moving back to Florida. In 2010 the family moved to Napa, California, their favorite place on earth. They had fallen in love with the wine country areas of Sonoma and Napa during annual visits to discover small-production wines for their 3 restaurants. As a tour operator, custom planned travel itinerary to wine country, including lodging, transportation, and winery excursions are her specialty. She lends her experience as a long time business owner, marketer and networker to her winery clients. Just ask us, "Plan my trip."
Over the last 20 years Amanda Carder has accrued a substantial network in the Napa valley Wine Industry. Some of the various roles have been Director of Hospitality for a small estate winery in St. Helena, Private Concierge/Itinerary Planner, Tasting Room Manager for a luxury brand in the Stags Leap District, as well as Sales Director and Assistant Winemaker for her family’s 40 acre vineyard and winery. The experience with her family’s property is what drew her into the wine world. After graduating from CSU Chico and University of Waikato in New Zealand she began her career in Environmental Remediation and then Construction Management. Exploring the many amazing wineries in the region is how she educated herself so that she could create the best itineraries for her guests. Having presented close to 1500 tasting room experiences and hearing the “real” feedback from her guests, Amanda has an incredible background for working with vintners to best show their brand.