Ask any non-Georgian about what type of agriculture is offered in our State and I’m betting wine would not be on their list. But in fact, this map from the Georgia Wine Country shows Georgia has close to 30 wineries and vineyards combined.
I’m bringing this point up today because our legislature is introducing a bill to allow wine shipments to homes in Georgia. This AJC article says the bill won unanimous approval from the House Regulated Industries Committee but will face a tough time winning the Governors signature if the General Assembly passes it since Gov Perdue has vetoed wine bills in the past.
Overall, this bill is a good thing for Georgia. It will boost our tourism industry, support our local wineries and allow consumer connoisseurs to ship up to 20 cases a year directly to their house from farm wineries — including out of state wineries in Napa Valley.
Of course, one argument the opposition typically presents is being able to prevent sales to minors. But since we already solve this issue for wineries outside of Georgia, we can definitely help our back yard neighbors. Now also seems like a good time to point out that we’ve been named a “Sweet 16” semi-finalist for the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies of Georgia because of our age and identity verification solutions. The winners will be announced next week.