August 15, 2013
A recent report by the American Wine Consumers Coalition (AWCC) ranked Virginia number one for consumer friendliness when it comes to wine laws.
The Commonwealth is among seven states and the District of Columbia given the top grade of A+ in the coalition's report "Consuming Concerns: The 2013 State-By-State Report Card on Consumer Access to Wine."
The report looked at various criteria to determine which states treat their wine consumers best, including the direct shipment of wine from out-of-state wineries and retailers; supermarket wine sales; Sunday wine sales; "bring your own bottle" laws; and state control of the sale and/or distribution of wine.
"Virginia wines are in more demand now than ever, setting an all-time record for the most recent fiscal year at 511,000 cases sold,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “The AWCC report confirms that thanks to efforts across the Commonwealth our consumers know what great wines we produce here in Virginia and they can find them in the many places they shop. Increased exposure for Virginia wines drives greater sales and means more good job opportunities for our citizens at our wineries, in wine tourism and throughout our rural regions where many of our vineyards are located."
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control lists nearly 60 varieties of Virginia wines in its product catalogue.