PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO) The government shutdown is taking its toll on the local wine industry.
All wineries, even the smaller ones here in the Grand Valley, need federal approval for new or modified wine labels, but the organization that usually takes care of that, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or the TTB, has been deemed non-essential.
Meadery of the Rockies got approval for their most recent label just two and a half weeks before the TTB was forced to close up shop.
"We were very lucky to get it in when we did and get it approved when we did," said Brian Stevens, winemaker for Meadery of the Rockies.
But another Palisade winery wasn't as lucky. Maison La Belle Vie Winery applied for wine label approval two weeks ago and the process has now been put to a halt while the TTB is closed. This means Maison La Belle Vie Winery cannot sell that particular wine until the shutdown ends and the application can be processed.
If the same had happened to Meadery of the Rockies, it would also be playing the waiting game.
"We'd be waiting and waiting and waiting on that legal document that we need to bottle the wine and to sell the wine," said Stevens. "It could've been a pretty big financial loss for us."