Not to limit all the great things that winemakers do, but winemaking is ideally about stewarding the grapes toward their natural destination. Winemaking really comes into play when you need to fix problems or want to make wine in a very specific style. We mostly want the grapes to tell us where they want to go, and so far, they have been pretty good at communicating that to us.
All wineries are a farm first. There is no magic wand to put wine in a bottle. We want people to think about the process; that there was a farmer, who needed land, who had to plant the vine, tend the vine, harvest the fruit, secure resources to process the fruit, acquire skills to make the wine, make the wine, et cetera, et cetera, and finally, enjoy it with your friends.
We were drawn to Collab, and Nick, as his aims mirror our own. Rather than launching a drinks label, Collab is a supportive ecosystem for so-called 'virtual' brands who don't have their own physical space. Collab's role is to nurture multiple brands across the spectrum of local drinks, providing the business, marketing, and licencing expertise to wine- and cidermakers, who are then free to focus on their craft.