Law allows vineyards to sell wine on site

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Until Tuesday, wine makers Ken and Gail Albert couldn’t sell glasses of their own Shelburne Vineyard wine at parties and events at their tasting room.

They could only offer tastings or get a caterer to sell wine to customers upstairs.

That changed Tuesday.

A bill signed into law allows wineries and distilleries to sell their products on site. It also lets wineries sell and offer tastings of other manufacturers’ wines, rent their sites for events such as weddings and produce and sell fortified wines such as ports.

Since the state’s first winery opened in Jacksonville nearly 25 years ago, Vermont’s wine industry has grown to 20 wineries around the state.

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