Wine’s Growing Place in the Kentucky economy:
There are over 75 wine producers across Kentucky. Over 10,000 jobs were created and supported by the wine industry in 2017. The wine industry generated $43.3 million in state consumption taxes, which includes excise and sales taxes. Experts believe that amount will increase with additional sale outlets.
Kentucky grocers have been responsibly stocking and selling beer for decades. A store employee of legal age is required to conduct beer sales. The same would be true if grocers could stock and sell wine. In addition, Alcohol and Beverage Control authorities strictly monitor sales and any violators are subject to fines or license suspension.
Communities would continue to control wet/dry status:
Proposed updates to Kentucky law would still allow local communities to self-determine when it comes to wet or dry status. Wet/dry local option elections would not be impacted. The US wine industry is in the middle of its largest growth period in history. Consumer demand for wine is high among baby boomers and Millennials over 23 years old. For the industry as whole, sales are projected to continue to rise by 2 to 4 percent.