North Dakota Retail Bill to Help Grape Growers, Wine Industry
The North Dakota house and senate passed a bill allowing grape growers in the state to sell the wine they make direct to retail. Before now, they had to go through a liquor distributor to get their wine products into a retail facility.
The Direct to Retail bill, HB1077, previously through the House, Tuesday passed the Senate 46-1 allowing ND grape growers to sell the wine they make under their private label from grapes they grow in their orchard direct to retail.
The North Dakota grape and wine industry have tried several times to get this through the legislature. Local growers say this is a big step forward for business.
This brings North Dakota in line with most other states that have a grape and wine industry.