Until a wine is declared and is considered produced or finished, it is only carried in the bulk wine section of the TTB report (PART VII – IN FERMENTERS END OF PERIOD (Gallons)). There are several ways to declare your wines in vintrace, please see these detailed articles:
- Mass declaring wines (Declaration console)
- Declaration by Alcohol Analysis or Product Treatment
- Declaration from the Product overview
The TTB website has a helpful FAQ on when a wine is considered “produced” and, thus, ready for declaration – click here.
Some wineries wait to declare all finished wines (defined as primary and/or malolactic fermentation has stopped and that remain un-bottled) as of December 31. If you have questions about when to declare a bulk wine, please confer with your Compliance officer, legal adviser or the TTB itself.
All wine must be declared before bottling or blending with an already-declared wine.
There are number of reasons that a wine can be declared accidentally with the incorrect tax class and/or the wrong bond (most commonly in a custom crush facility).
The most common cause is the premature declaration of tax class and bond when prompted during a change in alcohol %.
By default, vintrace prompts you to make a declaration when you add an alcohol value after press or when you stop the fermentation on a wine in alcoholic fermentation.
Select “Ignore” to skip declaration; select “OK” to accept the declaration and “Cancel” to go back to your previous screen.
If you have a wine that was incorrectly declared, you can use the Rollback feature to achieve this. You will want to find the operation that caused the premature declaration and rollback at that point.
If a rollback is not feasible due to the amount of work performed, contact support.