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.