Do your wines contain sulfites?


Yes.  Sulfites are a natural by‐product of the fermentation process. Otherwise known as sulfur dioxide, it is a compound that is naturally produced in winemaking and is found in virtually every wine.  Our winemaker may add very small amounts of additional sulfites to the wine since it does much to protect the wine. It inhibits unwanted bacteria and yeast growth. It is also an antioxidant, which keeps the wine fresh. Sulfites slow the oxidation process, helping preserve the wine’s flavor as it ages. All wines made from fruit (including grapes) naturally contain sulfites. Only meads – wines made from honey – are sulfite-free.

The TTB, Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly the BATF, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms), requires that no more than 300 ppm (parts per million) or 0.03% of sulfites, be added to wines.   Our wines average approximately 180 ppm or 0.018%.