As the question states, I would like to know what is the largest winery that supplies sacramental wine for the Catholic Church?

By largest supplier to the Catholic Church of sacramental wine, I mean by volume sold to the Church in liters/gallons?

  • Another good question to ask is, "what winery supplies the wine that they use in the Vatican?"
    – Jess
    Commented Sep 2, 2021 at 19:21

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[O-Neh-Da Vineyard in the Finger Lakes of NY is America's oldest dedicated sacramental winery, operating strickly in accord with Canon law. Founded in 1872 by Rochester's founding Bishop, Bernard J McQuaid, O-Neh-Da is the only certified valid ad licit estate producer of approbated sacramental wine.

O-Neh-Da Authentic Sacramental Wines are available direct from the Vineyard to clergy and churches only.


The nation's largest producer, the Mont La Salle Altar Wine Company in the Napa Valley of California, makes a rose of petite sirah, zinfandel, ruby cabernet and cabernet sauvignon.

From the NY Times: Sacramental Wine, Lowest Profile of All

Mont La Salle Altar Wines website

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  • I was going to suggest that you would know the answer. Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 9:31

Is there such a thing as dedicated sacramental wine? After a bit of research, my own conclusions are that it is simply wine.

The Catholic Forum also had this to say. Thus I believe that it is difficult to answer as possibly the wine could be simply purchased.

A lot of people don't realize this, but there's nothing particular that makes altar wine "altar wine". The wine for the Precious Blood must be true wine, made from grapes, and have no additional sweeteners or flavorings, or preservatives (beyond a bare minimum), or anything else. The vast majority of wines available on the shelf might potentially be used as altar wine. The only difference is that a competent authority in the Church has certified this wine for use at the altar.

That's a long way of sayiing that vintners produce a line of wine and most of the bottles get "regular" labels, and some of them get "altar wine" labels, but the product inside is identical. It might already be on the shelf at your local store, but it's just not labeled the same.

So you could contact the winery, ask who their distributors are, and buy all you want. A very few wineries cater exclusively to Catholic churches, so you might have some difficulty getting them to sell it to you--not because they can't but simply because they don't have any method of selling to a private person.

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    "Throughout the world there are some wineries that exist either solely for the production of sacramental wines, or with sacramental wines as an auxiliary business. The same is true of wine used by other religions, e.g., kosher wine. These wineries are small and often run by religious brothers, priests or dedicated laity." - (Wikipedia)
    – Ken Graham
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 11:12
  • I did wonder about my answer, and it certainly looks like @Steve S has gone a long way to answering it. Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 9:33

In the Land Down Under, the Sevenhill Cellars is the only winery in Australia specializing in sacramental wine, and the only one recommended by the Catholic Church to be used in Mass.

Easter is a busy time of year for the oldest operational winery in South Australia’s Clare Valley, Sevenhill Cellars. As Maria Tickle writes, the winery supplies the bulk of the sacramental wine for Australasia, pumping out 90,000 litres a year.

The winery’s story began in 1851 when a group of Jesuit priests bought 100 acres in the heart of the Clare Valley and named it Sevenhill, hoping to create a Catholic cultural centre akin to the Sevenhill district of Rome.

The Jesuits started a winery that began supplying sacramental wine to the surrounding parishes in 1858.

Brother John says his sacramental wine stacks up rather well even on the international market. 'I’ve even actually tasted the altar wine which they sell in Cana of Galilee, where the Lord changed the water into wine, and I’ve tried that wine, I prefer ours,' he says. - Clare Valley winery Sevenhill Cellars produces a heavenly drop.

All three types of their Altar Wines are made in accordance with Canon Law.

Sevenhill's sacramental wine is made in three styles in a similar fortified method to Apera (the official name for sherry in Australia). Sweet Red is a blend of Grenache, Ruby Cabernet and Pedro Ximenez grapes. Sevenhill's sacramental wine is made as naturally as possibly with minimal winemaking intervention in conformity with the requirements of Canon Law. - Wine Portfolio: Sacramental / Altar Wines

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