Wine Institute Grant to Promote Sustainable Wine & Food
Volume 24, Number 7 | October 24, 2016
In This Issue
  • Federal Excise Tax Reform
  • Wine Institute Receives Grant for California Sustainable Table Promotion
  • Canada Conferences Advance U.S. Wine Exports
  • California Wine Harvest 2016
  • Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo Wine Region Feature
  • Latest Down to Earth Newsletter


Majority of U.S. Senate Now Supports Federal Excise Tax Reform

For the first time in nearly 25 years, a majority of the Congress supports reforming and reducing federal excise taxes on wine. With the recent addition of Senator Barbara Boxer (CA), 52 members of the U.S. Senate are now sponsors of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 1562). In the House of Representative, the bill is now supported by 285 members. Wine Institute will continue leading the effort on this critical legislation. More information on the Craft Beverage Act can be found here.



Wine Institute Awarded Specialty Crop Block Grant


Wine Institute was awarded a 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant for the project, the California Sustainable Table, to fund a U.S. promotional campaign highlighting the ideal growing conditions, stringent farming and environmental standards and sustainable practices of California vintners and growers along with other “California Grown” specialty crops. Funding of $388,288 over 30 months, to be matched by Wine Institute, will support activities including events, public relations, digital media and publication of a hard cover book taking readers on a culinary tour of the state’s wine and specialty crops by region.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). CDFA will fund 72 projects, awarding grants ranging from $50,000 to $450,000 to non-profit and for-profit organizations, government entities, and colleges and universities. Selected through a competitive process, these projects focus on increasing sales of specialty crops by leveraging the California Grown identity. Other wine related grants were awarded to Livermore Valley Winegrowers, Monterey County Vintners and Growers, and Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. For a complete list, click here.



Canada Conferences Advance U.S. Wine Exports

Wine Institute participated in the recent Ottawa meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum, World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) and FIVS with a goal of improving the international regulatory climate and strengthening industry relationships with U.S. and international regulators:

APEC Wine Regulatory Forum Logo

APEC: Wine Institute co-hosted, with the U.S. government, the APEC Wine Regulatory Forum’s 6th annual meeting on “Winemaking Practices and International Trade” in Ottawa on Oct. 6-7. The 2016 technical conference focused on eliminating burdensome and duplicative regulations to reduce the costs of cross-border wine trade and increase exports in the growing Asia-Pacific region. View the meeting press release here.

WWTG: On Oct. 4-5, World Wine Trade Group governments neared completion of a formal “Arrangement on Information Exchange, Technical Cooperation and Counterfeiting” and set a timeline for approval of new Good Regulatory Principles, building on WWTG’s 2014 Tbilisi Statement on Analytical Methodology and Regulatory Limits. In addition, Uruguay announced its intention to seek membership in the WWTG.

FIVS: On Sept. 29-30, the international industry group FIVS focused on Canada trade issues, Sustainability and Social Responsibility. A special session on the trade implications of Brexit, led by the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, included discussions on how to maximize opportunities and how to minimize disruption to established trade flows. Participants agreed that the international industry must develop common technical standards that can be incorporated into new trade agreements between governments.

The California wine industry benefits from these international collaborations, which translate to increased communication, science-based public policy and regulations that are valid and transparent.



2016 California Wine Harvest Report Released

Leaf and Grapes. Photographer George Rose

Wine Institute issued a press release reporting on California’s statewide harvest of the winegrape crop. Early, mostly normal yields of exceptional quality fruit throughout the state was reported by nearly two dozen vintners in the release. CDFA forecast 3.9 million winegrape tons back in Aug. 2016. View the complete story here.



Visit Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo Wine Country

Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo Wine Map

As part of the series highlighting a different California wine region each month, Wine Institute issued a feature on the Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo wine region in October. The series offers tips for the nearly 24 million visitors to California’s wine regions annually on how to tour and enjoy a visit to the state, the number one wine and food destination in the U.S. View the release by clicking here.



Down to Earth Newsletter

Down to Earth Newsletter Masthead

The September edition of the newsletter Down to Earth: Sustainable Winegrowing in California reported on family values and how the Wente family sustained its winery for five generations. View newsletter here.


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Wine Institute Winter Board Meeting, Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach


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Wine Institute Legislative Day & Board Meeting, Sacramento

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Wine Institute 83rd Annual Membership & Board Meeting, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

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