Bill to Form Oklahoma Grape and Wine Commission Passes House

Oklahoma House Bill 2219 will move on to the state senate. The bill would levy a tax assessment on wine grapes grown in Oklahoma and wine bottled in the state as well. The funds would be used for education and promotion of the wine industry in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Grape and Wine Commission would be formed to drive vitaculture and enology research, promote rural economic development, promote agri-tourism, provide educational programs for grape growing and wine making in Oklahoma and open new markets for Oklahoma grape and wine products.

Oklahoma grape growers would assess themselves $15 per ton of grapes they sell. State winemakers would assess themselves 10 cents per gallon of wine they manufacture and out-of-state sellers would be assessed 10 cents per gallon of wine sold in the state.

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