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Bill Could Change Grape Regulations for Texas Wines

A bill regarding wine sales could soon change origin labels on Texas made wines.

According to the Texas Tribune, House Bill 1514 would change the law regarding origin labels on wines. If passed, wines could only say "Made in Texas" if the product was made from 100 percent Texas grown grapes. Current federal law mandates 75 percent of the grapes to be grown in the state.

The bill was drafted by Texas State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs).

In 2016, Texas produced 3.8 million gallons of wine, while over 400 permits were active in the state for bottling, production and sales.

Isaac told the Tribune that he would be open to amended versions of the law requiring 80 or 90 percent bench marks, before reaching the full 100 percent.

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