GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Grand junction and the Western Slope is branded as Colorado's wine country, known for it's dozens of wineries nestled in beautiful scenery.
For many small wineries in Colorado and on the Western Slope, paying for a large-scale bottling line is out of the question because of high costs.
But house bill 10-34 serves to fix that problem.
"Previously if one winery has a bottling line or a kegging line or a canning line, only that winery would be able to put their wine on that line," says executive director of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, Cassidee Shull. "Some of them just are looking to experiment a little bit but don't want to use that big up front cost so it's going to allow them to work with already established wineries."
The bill allows for licensed wineries or wholesalers to package wine produced by another manufacturer as long as the federal excise tax on wine has already been paid.
These bigger, faster bottling lines will increase efficiency and expand the market of smaller, local wineries.