Urban wineries could soon come to Charlotte

- Wine country may soon be closer than you think after Charlotte City Council approved a measure to allow urban wineries.

Essentially an urban winery is just like what you would see in California, but without grapes being grown outside.

Just hours after being approved by Charlotte City Council Monday night, there is a business already interested in taking advantage.

After an enthusiastic approval by some city council members, finding your favorite glass of wine in the Queen City could get a little easier. An amendment approved by council will allow wineries within city limits.

You won’t see the vines and vineyards of Napa, California, but you could find new bars or restaurants who make their own wine on property.

“It had me to some research on wineries and economic impact that it could potentially bring to our city,” said council member, Dimple Ajmera.
 
The impact could be felt very soon Virginia based Bold Rock Hard Cider is looking for the perfect property in the Charlotte area. They already have a distribution center is Asheville, but with this new amendment they can produce and sell on property.

“What we are really focusing on is a location that a branding epicenter. Somewhere where we can engage with our brand. It’s a little less about production and more about extending our brand to the community,” said Director of Retail Operations for Bold Rock Hard Cider, Lindsay Dorrier III.

The idea is similar to what many craft breweries are already doing in Charlotte, which is what the attorney behind the new amendment says inspired the change.

“They are identical uses in terms of the productions and activities that go along with it and they are pretty identical when you sit in a taproom and enjoy a beverage,” Attorney Russell Fergusson.

Before this amendment, ciders for example were only allowed to be produced in industrial areas of Charlotte. Now cider, wine and beer can be produced nearly anywhere, as long as it receives approval.

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