The wine industry has grown rapidly in Albemarle County as well as in other parts of Virginia over the past 25 years. Our neighbor to the east has been paying attention to this escalation.
In comparing Maryland and Virginia, a Maryland Wine Committee noted that in 1979, both states had only a handful of wineries. Today, Maryland has 16 and Virginia has 94. The disparity is due to state and local regulations.
The committee urged Maryland officials to relax rules on wineries that want to host special events. Wineries are now limited to 12 special–event permits per year, compared with five a day in Virginia.