CT farm wineries seek change in brandy law

Conn. wineries seek change in brandy law

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow permitted farm wineries to sell brandy that’s been distilled off-site.

The proposed legislation, up for a vote Monday in the General Assembly’s General Law Committee, would allow the farms to sell brandy made from grapes or other fruits grown on the premises, but distilled elsewhere at a licensed distillery.

Under current law, a farm winery cannot sell brandy it didn’t manufacture.

The Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association, representing 27 farm wineries, is supporting the legislation. President George Motel, said changing the law would help the industry diversify its product lines and avoid the high cost of using a still for such a low volume of production.

He said California wineries often offer more than one product for sale or tasting.

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