House Committee Holds Hearing on Moul’s Wine Legislation

Bill would establish a “wine only” license for restaurants


HARRISBURG – The House Liquor Control Committee held a public hearing in Adams County today to consider legislation sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) that would create a “wine only” license for restaurants.


Moul, who serves on the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, said the special class of license proposed in House Bill 1489 would expand the market for the 187 limited wineries throughout Pennsylvania.


“A wine only license would provide a significant boost to Pennsylvania’s limited wineries and the state’s tourism industry,” said Moul.  “My legislation would encourage restaurant owners – particularly those in close proximity to a winery – to serve and promote locally produced wines.  This would increase tourism revenues and strengthen the state’s growing wine industry.”


Today’s hearing was held at Hauser Estate Winery in Biglerville.  Winery owner Jonathan Patrono, president of the Pennsylvania Wine Association (PWA), said the PWA supports Moul’s legislation.


“House Bill 1489 expands the opportunity to market local wines through new venues – restaurants – which will increase sales and profitability for local wineries, and produce additional tax revenue for the Commonwealth,” Patrono said.


According to Patrono, Pennsylvania wineries host more than 1 million visitors annually and pump an estimated $2.4 billion into the state’s economy. 


Moul said he would like to see further growth in the industry and his bill is a good start.


“We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that this legislation will not have an adverse impact on existing licensees who have made a significant investment in their licenses,” said Moul.


State Representative Dan Moul

91st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham

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