Governor Jay Inslee has signed a new bill into law, sponsored by Representative Cary Condotta.
House Bill 1038 will allow small wineries to increase the number of locations where they may serve samples of their product or sell their own wine.
“Currently, wine tasting rooms are ‘clustered’ into a few specific areas around the state. By increasing the number of wine clusters, wineries can access more of the state and stimulate those local economies and potentially add jobs,” said Condotta, R-Wenatchee. “The large producers are able to have their products readily available in convenience and grocery stores across the state. Many of small local wineries survive by direct sales through the winery and promoting their product in tasting rooms. This expansion will allow our small wineries to increase business and be more competitive.”
The bill takes effect July 22, 2017.
(Submitted by Kurt Hammond)