Winery & Vineyard Insurance provided by Browne Insurance Services

Owning and operating a winery can be just as complex as your boldest reds. And in your line of work, you face a lot more risks than you may know — from the grape growing and harvesting to balancing the books to the legal liabilities that come with serving alcohol. The best way to properly protect your business and all that flows from it is with a blend of several different business insurance policies and endorsements, working together.
Common Risks Wineries Face

Wineries and vineyards are complicated businesses that can come with big rewards and no shortage of risks. You wear many hats in order to run your business—from farmer, to scientist, to marketer, and many more—yet so many things are simply out of your control.

You need winery insurance to protect you from the financial losses that can accompany damaged crops, spoiled wine, lawsuits, and other unforeseen events that can cost you everything.

Even a small winery must insure every step of the winemaking process. As you grow, harvest, ferment, bottle, and sell your wines, one unexpected problem can destroy your thriving business overnight.

Among your biggest concerns to consider, are:
  • Guests on your property, or at an event, slip and fall
  • Guests damage or destroy grapes, wine, or equipment
  • Grapes are crushed in transit
  • Leakage, spillage, or accidental mixing destroys wine in process
  • Insecticides used on grape crops drift on to neighboring properties
  • Contamination and product recalls
  • Winemaking equipment or agricultural equipment breakdown
  • Extreme weather or natural disasters
  • Wildfires, insect infestation, and plant diseases 
Even stored wine just sitting in the cellar comes with its own risks, like:
  • Spillage or leakage
  • Fire
  • Theft or vandalism
  • Utility or refrigeration outages
  • Supply chain or logistics problems and delays
  • Transportation and trucking exposures, from poorly trained drivers, to accidents and truck refrigeration breakdown 
Wineries Need Coverage For Every Area of Their Business
  • To fully protect your winery, you’ll need a customized package of property, liability, automobile, crime, liquor liability, and other policies — a little of this, some of that, and so on. 

    Some coverages to be considered

  • Property
  • Umbrella & Excess Casualty
  • Workers Compensation
  • Accident & Health Solutions
  • Crime/Financial Fidelity
  • Cyber
  • Builder’s Risk
  • Commercial Auto
  • Commercial Package (CMP)
  •  Environmental
  • Equipment Breakdown
  • Marine
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Errors & Omissions Liability
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Kidnap Ransom & Extortion
  • Media Liability

Our team can help you understand the unique risks and needs of your winery business and help find the right combination of coverage.

Don’t wait until you file a claim to find out if you have the proper insurance protection for your winery or vineyard. Talk to us today to know how to keep your winery protected

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Palm Springs, CA
190 W Amado Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262
We extend coverage to individuals and businesses in Campbell, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Pollock Pines, and Santa Clara areas.

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  • General liability
  • Crop coverage
  • Commercial Auto
  • Contamination and spoilage
  • Business Interruption
  • Equipment breakdown

General liability Coverage

Risk Factors

If a customer is injured while on your business premises, your winery could be responsible for all related damages and expenses

Solution

General liability coverage protects you from unexpected events, hazards, problems and accidents. It’s particularly important if your winery offers public tours and tasting events

Crop Coverage

Risk Factors

Without viable grapes, you can’t make wine. Wineries need crop insurance for the costs of crop damage due to weather, vine infections, insect infestations, fires, floods, and other potential hazards. 

Solution

Crop coverage will cover all your above perils. However, You may need to purchase additional earthquake coverage if you live in an area where it’s necessary.

Commercial Auto Coverage

Risk Factors

If your winery uses personal, company or rented vehicles for business purposes then you need commercial auto coverage.

Solution

Maybe you deliver products, visit with customers to assist their needs, or travel to industry events. If you or any of your employees are involved in an auto accident, commercial auto insurance can take care of the vehicle damages and related medical expenses.

Contamination and spoilage coverage

Risk Factors

There can be a refrigerator or cold storage issue which results into wine contamination and spoilage. You stand liable for the loss.

Solution

A must-have for any winery, this coverage pays for certain losses if a batch of wine is spoiled or contaminated due to a refrigeration breakdown, utility interruption, or some other type of foreign substance

Business Interruption Coverage

Risk Factors

Business interruption insurance is important when it may take some time before a business can get back to business as usual. This can be as a result of unexpected events like fire.

Solution

Buildings may be unsafe, employees may be unsafe, or even property or equipment may need to be repaired. In situations outside of your control, business interruption insurance is an important need for the business.

Equipment breakdown Coverage

Risk Factors

You can face a sudden breakdown of your equipment which halts your wine production. This can reduce the supply and incur a loss.

Solution

Wineries need equipment breakdown coverage to protect against costs associated with the sudden and accidental breakdown of machinery and equipment. It pays to repair or replace the equipment, as well as any business interruption costs that accompany it.

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  • Lost Passport
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Medical Payments
  • Additional living Expenses
  • Personal Possessions

Lost Passport Coverage

Risk Factors

While on vacation in Europe, you lose the tote bag that has everyone’s passports.

Solution

Your homeowners policy can help with the cost of replacing passports and other valuable papers.

Fire Coverage

Risk Factors

You act quickly and prevent a grease fire from getting out of control, but smoke damages the counters and cabinets in your kitchen.

Solution

Property coverage in your policy can help if your house is damaged by fire and/or smoke.

Theft Coverage

Risk Factors

You return from a family vacation to discover thieves have stolen electronic equipment from your media room.

Solution

If your possessions are stolen, damaged or destroyed in an insured loss, your coverage can help replace them, up to the policy’s stated limits.

Medical Payments Coverage

Risk Factors

A guest at your annual Fourth of July barbecue trips on the steps between your deck and the lawn fracturing his wrist when he falls against a stone retaining wall.

Solution

Medical payments coverage can cover the medical costs if a visitor is hurt on your property, regardless of liability.

Additional Living Expenses Coverage

Risk Factors

You heard the warning sirens and escaped uninjured, but you can’t live in your house while tornado damage is repaired.

Solution

Coverage for additional living expenses can help with the extra cost of a temporary relocation caused by a covered event.

Personal Possessions Coverage

Risk Factors

You mastered the basics of surfing during lessons in Hawaii but your wedding ring is stolen.

Solution
With personal possessions coverage, lost jewellery is covered up to your policy limits.
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