Estate-bottled wine is made entirely from grapes owned by the winery. From vineyard to bottle, they’re in control -- the wine doesn’t ever leave the property during fermentation, aging, or bottling (talk about a homebody!)
Technically, the winery and vineyards don’t have to be on the same property, or even next to each other to be considered part of the same “estate”, but they do have to be located in the same appellation. In the US, this term includes both vineyards owned by the wine label and ones managed or controlled by the winery, even if it’s technically owned by someone else. The point being here that in an estate wine, the winemaker is ultimately in control of quality from vineyard to bottle.
If you’re looking for the ultimate expression of a winemaker’s vision, check out the estate wines below.