Waters Edge Wineries

The Waters Edge Wineries franchise was the first urban winery franchise based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Orginally known as The Wine Tailor, the brand was established by Ken and Angela Lineberger in 2004 to create a functional winery without the vineyard. Grapes from the largest winemaking companies in the world are purchased to make the micro-winery's products. Each bottle of wine is crafted and bottled at one of the brand's locations. Its guiding philosophy is educating people about the world of wine and removing the barriers that keep people from regularly enjoying wine. The brand makes over 50 types of wine including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Waters Edge Wineries

Waters Edge Wineries Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


To lower costs and risk for franchise business owners, the Waters Edge Wineries franchise outsources the process of growing and crushing grapes. The model assists entrepreneurs with setting up complete wineries in retail spaces at least 3,500 sq. ft. Ideal locations are in upscale centers and have a patio. Since the brand's grapes are outsourced, franchise owners can own a winery without having to care for the vineyard. The brand was established in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in 2004. There is nothing quite like this franchise system in the U.S. Since franchising the model, Waters Edge Wineries has grown from coast-to-coast. Professionals from any background can learn how to become a wine maker. The brand's wines low in alcohol and slightly off-dry. In addition to over 50 types of wine, the brand also serves bistro food. 
The simple menu includes flatbreads, paninis, salads, desserts, and more. The brand keeps it simple to distinguish itself from restaurants. The food aspect benefits franchise owners with added sales. You will also be trained and supported from beginning to end. Before the location even opens, the franchisor assists with site selection, lease negotiation, and buildout. Franchise owners are provided with the necessary equipment to make wine  and a small kitchen for the bistro food. A newsletter keeps the franchise owners up to date on best practices to grow their businesses. There are also monthly conference calls that allow the owners to share their ideas and learn as a team. Multiple revenue streams include wine by the bottle and by the glass, food, the guesting bottling experience, and the wine club.

Company Details

Headquarters: Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Canada: No
International: No
Founded: 2004
First franchise: 2012
B2B: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Mobile/home-based: No
Absentee: Yes





Support and Training Offered By Waters Edge Wineries

Before your location even opens, the franchisor assists with site selection, lease negotiation, and buildout. Franchise owners are provided with the necessary equipment to make wine and a small kitchen for the bistro food. There is also a newsletter that keeps franchisees up to date on best practices to grow their businesses. There are also monthly conference calls that allow the owners to share their ideas and learn as a team.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Waters Edge Wineries Franchise.

What does a Waters Edge Wineries Franchise Cost?

Waters Edge Wineries franchise fees for 2024:

Initial investment:  $554,974 to $1,220,060
Net worth: $250,000
Royalties: 5% of gross sales
Initial Franchise Fee: $50,000
Cash Requirement: $150,000

Is Waters Edge Wineries a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Waters Edge Wineries is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Waters Edge Wineries a Home Based franchise?

No. Waters Edge Wineries is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Waters Edge Wineries Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Waters Edge Wineries franchisees make. Waters Edge Wineries offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Waters Edge Wineries Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Waters Edge Wineries franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Is Waters Edge Wineries Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Waters Edge Wineries franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Waters Edge Wineries Looking for International franchisees?

No. Waters Edge Wineries franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Waters Edge Wineries's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Miscellaneous & Unique, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open

20-50 UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Waters Edge Wineries Franchises for Sale

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