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Relating to the labeling of wine as originating from an area of this state.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1957 would add new regulations to the labeling of wine produced in Texas. The bill would only allow a wine label to use an appellation of origin designating it is from a Texas viticultural area if it is 100 percent composed of fruit grown in the state.
Furthermore, the bill would allow the name of the vineyard on the label only if the wine is 100 percent by volume fermented juice of grapes or other fruit grown in this state.
Texas Action opposes HB 1957 because it would increase regulations on businesses and expand state intervention in the wine market in a way that is neither necessary nor desirable and which has nothing to do with health and safety of consumers. The bill would increase the requirements beyond those existing in federal law for a winemaker to label their product as being from a Texas wine region. Winemakers should not have to receive permission from the state or meet such strict requirements to label their wine as they choose.