MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Wineries and distilleries are feeling the impact of supply chain issues. Shipping backups, labor woes and a trucker shortage are leading to a lower supply of glass bottles, and higher prices.
Jesse Fanning is feeling the pinch at his whiskey distillery and tasting room near San Diego, California.READ MORE: Deadly Crash Shuts Down Deerfield Beach Streets; BSO Cruiser Towed From Scene
His business, Henebery, has grown over the last nine years, but these days, his passion for making spirits has been shaken.
“We’re living bottle to bottle, a day at a time,” Fanning said, looking at his mostly empty supply room.
He said what he has in stock is just enough to fulfill the next order, and that stock came at a high price.
“Even domestically, we’re at a 20% increase already,” he said, “and these are glass bottles that are already created.”
”I’ve never seen anything like it,” he added.
Fanning said, he has not passed the cost on to his customers – yet.
“So far, I haven’t raised prices yet, but I mean, it’s inevitable.”READ MORE: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Who Grew Up In Miami, Could Be Next US Supreme Court Justice
Dana La Fleur owns a micro-winery and is president of a southern California collective representing urban wineries, meaderies, and cideries.
“Most of us are looking for different distributors,” La Fleur said.
La Fleur says it could get worse in the new year.
It is a concern since wineries need many types of bottles.
“We’ll use Bordeaux bottles, burgundy bottles, bottles for chardonnay. They’re all shaped differently and have different purposes.”
With demand high and a busy holiday season, consumers may struggle to find some of their favorite spirits.
One store in Texas is even limiting sales.
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And the supply problems for distilleries and wineries aren’t limited to bottles, they are also having a hard time getting corks and labels.