STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Turning grapes into more green

Minnesota bill aims to boost the state’s grape and wine industry.

Posted: Mar 9, 2018 8:21 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The bill creates a council of about 15 members that would help award grants for people in the state’s industry. The council would be made up of wine makers, grape growers, representatives from trade associations, and state officials. The grants would be used from money raised by taxes on out-of-state wine.

Dustin Ebert is the owner of Salem Glen Winery in Rochester. He said he is in favor of the bill as it is now, but that could change if the bill changes. He said the biggest boost for the state’s industry is for people to simply choose local.

“Then you’re going to see regional growth,” he said. “Many of the wineries in the state, their focus is, is a local experience and not necessarily mass production.”

He said he wouldn’t like if the bill were importing grapes from other states.

“If it helps to foster local grapes and wines produced with those grapes, then I’m in favor,” he said.

Ebert said he’s had a good experience operating a winery in Minnesota and that the industry can thrive here just as it does in other states.

“We can make world class wines in Minnesota.,” he said. “They have similar challenges everywhere. You have weather conditions. So while we have extreme colds here, they have fires in California. You deal with whatever challenges you have.”

Missouri has a law similar to this bill put in place. The state says their $1.7 billion industry has grown signifcantly because of the law. 

The bill is currently in the Minnesota's House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
15° wxIcon
Hi: 17° Lo: 0°
Feels Like: -2°
Albert Lea
Clear
12° wxIcon
Hi: 14° Lo: -2°
Feels Like: -3°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
16° wxIcon
Hi: 18° Lo: 1°
Feels Like: -1°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
16° wxIcon
Hi: 18° Lo: 1°
Feels Like: 0°
Rochester
Scattered Clouds
13° wxIcon
Hi: 17° Lo: 0°
Feels Like: -7°
January like temperatures will hold for the next few days
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

1-on-1 with Bernie Sanders during north Iowa stop

Image

My Money: The difference between APR and APY

Image

Tracking Monday's weather: Get ready for the cold

Image

Preparing for Veterans Day events

Image

Bernie Sanders makes his way to North Iowa

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 11/10

Image

Former Newman baseball star Josh Fitzgerald commits to TCU

Image

Mohawks swimmers place in state meet

Image

Grizzlies fall to Alexandria 4-3

Image

Weather forecast 11/9

Community Events