Do you love the idea of combining your fondness of wine with your passion for hemp? Then hemp wine could be the answer.
Hemp imparts many nutritional benefits to the wine. These include amino acids and minerals. But don’t worry, this kind of wine doesn’t have any THC.
There are some “high-wines” in the works, and only in specific states that have legalized marijuana. However, we’re not talking about those today.
Who says you can’t get the health benefits of hemp while you drink your wine? They say it’s healthy to drink wine in moderation. Now, you can enjoy what hemp has to offer at the same time.
What is hemp wine?
This drink combines wine and the extracts and flavors of hemp. Some companies also make versions with CBD, though those aren’t widely available.
While wine infused with hemp oil is not available everywhere, there is a growing movement to get this part of the market up and running.
It is well known that hemp provides a wide range of benefits. That means incorporating hemp oil in the wine can add to the relaxation and benefits of enjoying a drop of vino.
How is hemp wine made?
Wineries make this eco-friendly libation in pretty much the same way that they make standard wine. After the grapes are fermented, they add hemp oil and terpenes for flavor.
This wine is ideal for people who love earthy or grassy tones. If you’ve never tasted anything with hemp terpenes, the flavor almost can’t be described.
There’s definitely a market of wine flavor adventurers who could be interested in this kind of drink.
The addition of the hemp in wine adds flavor and creates a smooth finish. Due to the fact that hemp has no THC, the result is a nutrient-packed wine that is enjoyable to drink. Plus, it offers the added benefits of hemp.
These days, you can find hemp in a wide range of products including clothes, food, building materials, textiles, and fuels. So it’s no wonder people now use it in wine.
Who makes it?
Right now, there are only a couple of places where you can get this green and red drink. If you live in New York state, you can go try a few varieties at the Sovereign Vines winery.
Sovereign Vines has been in business making hemp wine since 1999. You can also find some of their bottles in stores and restaurants across NY.
If you live in the California Bay Area, you can sample some green vino from CannaVines. This company uses terpenes and CBD in their products.
However, this is only available to people participating in the Bay Area Cannabis Tour. CannaVines does say that they will start to sell their wines online soon. When that will be is up for debate.
Since federal regulations on hemp are relaxing, we might expect more people to start making hemp wines.
Are there any benefits?
People have known about the benefits of hemp for generations. The plant is sustainable and promotes good health. That’s a two-for-one deal.
Hemp is easy to grow and doesn’t need much water. While some use the stalks for industrial applications or clothing, others use the oil from the seeds for cosmetics and food.
Hemp seed oil contains antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. All of these are necessary for your health. Now, how much of this gets into your glass of wine depends on the winemaker.
Due to the fact that the hemp is easy to access and is available across the USA, it is easy to source and has been used for centuries in a wide range of purposes.
The oil is easy to cultivate and sustainable, which means there is no chance it will run out. Cultivating hemp also removes CO2 from the atmosphere, which is awesome.
If you’re looking for a twist on your standard glass of vino, why not tap into the healthy and enjoyable benefits of wine infused with hemp oil next time you reach for a glass.
The market is in its infancy right now. Just a few makers have begun to create this product in the US and in Europe. But as time goes on, it will probably become available to more people.
Last updated: May 17, 2020 Posted in: Food & Drink
Do you love the idea of combining your love of wine with your passion for hemp? A fine hemp wine could be the answer to your desires!
Federal Government Nips America’s First Hemp Wine in the Bud
The hemp-infused wine had some unlikely allies in power, but federal authorities have snuffed it out. Plus, wine-movie mania comes to New Zealand with new docu
Sovereign Vines proudly proclaims itself the creator of “America’s first hemp-infused wine.” But if the federal government’s ruling in a new dispute holds, it may have made America’s last hemp-infused wine, at least for now. The founder and CEO of the Binghamton, N.Y.–area company, Kaelan Castetter, brought us up to speed with a dispatch from the frontlines of the latest in the alcohol-cannabis regulatory skirmishes.
Castetter started the project in 2017 with his father, Jim. Indeed, Jim planted the seed for the idea, having devised a hemp-infused wine way back in 1997, the frontier days of commercial cannabis products. The precursor to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) quashed that project. But with the times and regulations changing, the younger Castetter saw an opportunity. “We had thought that in this regulatory climate around hemp that we would be able to get through it this time.”
No, it’s not weed wine, it doesn’t contain CBD and it’s not going to get anyone high. Castetter said the infusion is meant to enhance flavor and texture. “It creates a much smoother wine, and just another layer to the wine,” he explained. “It’s got a very unique earthy tone to it.” For the new batch of bottlings, the Castetters started local, with a semi-sweet Cayuga white from Finger Lakes leader Glenora Wine Cellars; the red is a California Cabernet blend. They then infused these wines with hemp-flower terpenes, an aromatic compound; Castetter noted there are no cannabinoid chemicals in the hemp used in his wines, which were only intended for an in-state market.
Nonetheless, the TTB made an unwelcome reappearance in the Castetters’ lives with a product audit last year. Under current federal policy, terpenes extracted from hemp flowers cannot legally be added to consumable products. By late 2019, the Food and Drug Administration had given the order to stopper Sovereign Vines. Not that all authorities agreed: “New York State Liquor Authority has always stood behind us,” Castetter told us. “The legislature, the governor’s office, absolutely.” Even the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer, which has occasionally been known to dabble in chill vibes, backed the company. But for now, after bottling around 2,000 gallons, Sovereign is shelving its wine business.
Through their sister project, Castetter Sustainability Group, the family will keep exploring hemp potential, working with local farmers and entrepreneurs on research and regulation. After all, it’s still an eco-friendly component that can be used to make clothes, cosmetics and even wineries.
The Grapes Stay in the Picture: New Zealand Harvest Docu ‘Vintage’ Premieres
Marlborough, New Zealand, may be 21 hours from Unfiltered HQ in Manhattan by plane, car and/or swift-footed horse, but we got a taste of its harvest up close last week at the premiere of the new wine documentary Vintage. Filmmaker Colin West followed winemaker and newly minted star Nick Picone and his team at Villa Maria winery through the triumphs and, uh, bollocks of the 2019 harvest in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The result joins the canon of recent wine films from Burgundy to Minnesota.
“I started with the company as a teenager,” Picone told Unfiltered—two decades ago, “when New Zealand wine was just starting to kick off from an international perspective.” Director West, for his part, saw Villa Maria as a compelling subject when the winery approached him about the project, with its “smaller winery feeling … Some of the winemakers were doing skin-contact wine and getting to experiment, and have a little fun.”
Plenty of the tribulations of harvest in general provided cinematic inspiration, West added. Even in—what turned out to be—a terrific vintage, it’s “something that has hardship, has struggle, has difficulty.” Onscreen, the team contend with tired eyes, bursting irrigation valves and the threat of wild pigs; Picone also lost nearly 4,000 gallons to a forklift accident. But it paid off in the glass, and Villa Maria poured its 2019 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc at the premiere to prove it.
West is looking forward to audience reactions; the film can now be streamed on Vimeo and is coming to Amazon, Apple and Google platforms later this month. “The scale at which [the harvest] happens is what’s kind of phenomenal, and that I don’t think everyone sees.”
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Hemp-infused wine from Sovereign Vines had some unlikely allies in the government, but federal authorities have snuffed the operation out. Plus, wine-movie mania comes to New Zealand with new docu, Vintage. In Wine Spectator's Unfiltered.