The Nebraska Grape and Winery Board is seeking grant proposals from individual growers, farm wineries, organizations, industry groups or academic institutions that aim to assist in the betterment of Nebraska's grape and wine industry. The board's goal is to fund meaningful projects that have the highest likelihood of significant, positive impact on grape and wine production in Nebraska.
Details about the economic impact of "cold-hardy" wine grapes were released in conjunction with the Minnesota Grape Growers Association's 10th Annual Cold-Climate Grape and Wine Conference, which was held over the weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul.
A bill that would establish a licensing system to allow in-state and out-of-state wineries to send their products by mail passed the Senate on Monday. SB114 almost died in committee earlier this month, but after making it to the Senate floor it passed by a comfortable 23-11 margin.
The Minnesota Grape Growers Association is holding its annual Cold Climate Conference this weekend in St. Paul. Members there said they're just beginning to touch on ways to draw more tourists to the area, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported
Minnesota is now home to so many licensed wineries -- 43 at last count -- that regional clusters are banding together to increase their tourism appeal. And industry leaders see room for more growth, as public demand for tasty wines and interesting destinations remains strong.
The University of Minnesota-Extension report says cold-hardy grapes developed by the school and private breeders have generated a vibrant farm winery industry, pumping $401 million into the U.S. economy in 2011. And it says the industry has created 12,600 jobs in northern states.
Kansas House members approved a bill that eases restrictions on home brewing with a 111-7 vote, sending the measure to the Senate. The bill allows brewers to share as long as they do not sell their brew for profit.
A bill that would make it legal for South Dakotans to order wine by mail cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday. Barely. Senate Bill 114 establishes a licensing system through which in and out-of-state wineries can legally send residents wine by mail. South Dakota is one of 10 states that do not allow direct shipping of wine, according to the Wine Institute. The bill deadlocked on a 3-3 vote in the Senate Commerce Committee with one senator, Dan Lederman, excused. The committee then voted 4-2 to send it to the Senate floor without a recommendation.
Organic wineries are rare in the United States, and even more rare in Arkansas. John Trickett of Circle T Winery & Vineyards is working to become the first in the state. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/business/charleston-winery-works-offer-first-organic-arkansas-wines#sthash.tOixCEwd.dpuf