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Johnson Estate Winery

Frequently Asked Questions

We invite your comments and suggestions and will add questions periodically as they arise.  

How much wine is held in the oak barrels seen from the winery tasting room?

The small barrels hold 50 gallons or 250 bottles of wine. The large barrels have a capacity of 130 gallons and make 650 bottles of wine.

Is wine vegan? 

Many wines are treated with a protein of some sort. We have and do treat some wines with proteins such as egg whites on a wine-by-wine basis. Proteins are used to clarify, soften, and improve wines - they bind with unwanted molecules and are precipitated and filtered out of the wine prior to bottling. This practice has been used in the wine-making world for hundreds of years. The common thought and consensus in the industry is that no detectable amount of animal protein remains in the wine. If you have a question about a specific wine, please contact us.

What is the difference between the Freelings Creek label and Johnson Estate? 

The Freelings Creek label, named for the creek which runs through the farm, was created nearly 20 years ago to accommodate the production of wines from vinifera grapes that we purchased, and are therefore not allowed by law to call "estate" wines. Today, Freelings Creek is the brand we use for classic, European style wines, made from both estate-grown and purchased grapes.

Does Johnson Estate grow all of the grapes for their wines?

The vast majority of our wines are produced from grapes which we grow on our estate in Westfield, NY. As a general rule, we are interested in making the best wines possible and believe that this begins with the best fruit possible. We buy Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from Long Island, where the climate is better for these varietals.

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