Texas Agriculture Code
Sec. § 12.039
Certain Wine Produced or Bottled in This State


(a)

The Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute or other qualified entity shall, as funding is available, conduct an annual study relating to the quantities and varieties of grapes and other fruit grown in this state that are used for wine making.

(b)

Not later than October 15 of the study year, the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute or other qualified entity shall submit a report to the commissioner. The report must:

(1)

include:

(A)

the quantities and varieties of grapes and other fruit grown in this state that are available on September 30 of the study year for use in wine making;

(B)

the needs of wineries in this state for those grapes and other fruit to meet the wineries projected production estimates for the following calendar year; and

(C)

recommendations regarding the varieties of grapes and other fruit grown in this state for which a reduction in the percentage by volume of Texas grapes used should be granted under Subsection (d); or

(2)

state that funding was not available to complete the study required by this section.

(c)

If a statement is provided in accordance with Subsection (b)(2), the reporting entity shall include in the report:

(1)

any information that has been routinely collected or developed by the reporting entity and that might be useful in determining the quantities and varieties of grapes and other fruit grown in this state that are available for use in wine making the following calendar year; and

(2)

recommendations regarding the varieties of grapes and other fruit grown in this state for which a reduction in the percentage by volume of Texas grapes used should be granted under Subsection (d).

(d)

The commissioner shall review the report and, if the commissioner determines that the quantity of a variety of grapes or other fruit grown in this state is insufficient for the wineries in this state to produce their projected production estimates during the following calendar year, the commissioner may reduce the percentage by volume of fermented juice of grapes or other fruit grown in this state that wine containing that particular variety of grape or other fruit must contain under Section 16.011, Alcoholic Beverage Code. The percentage established under this subsection must ensure that the use of that variety of grape or other fruit grown in this state is maximized while allowing for the acquisition of grapes or other fruit grown outside of this state in a quantity sufficient to meet the needs of wineries in this state.

(e)

The commissioner shall submit the commissioners determination to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in writing and publish the commissioners determination in the Texas Register and on the departments Internet website not later than December 31 of the study year.

(f)

A percentage requirement established under Subsection (d) applies to wine bottled under Section 16.011, Alcoholic Beverage Code, during the calendar year following the study year.

(g)

If a winery in this state finds that the determination made by the commissioner under Subsection (d) does not reduce the percentage requirement with respect to a particular variety of grape or other fruit to a level sufficient for the winery to meet the winerys planned production for the relevant year, the winery may submit documentation or other information to the commissioner substantiating that the winery has not been able to acquire those grapes or other fruit grown in this state in an amount sufficient to meet the winerys production needs. If the commissioner determines that there is not a sufficient quantity of that variety of grapes or other fruit grown in this state to meet the needs of that winery, the commissioner may reduce the percentage requirement for wine bottled during the remainder of the calendar year that contains that variety of fruit.

(h)

The commissioner may:

(1)

establish a voluntary registry for vineyards and other fruit growers in this state to assist in the determination of the availability of grapes and other fruit grown in this state and facilitate communication between the wineries and fruit growers in this state regarding the availability of and need for grapes and other fruit for wine making; and

(2)

assess a fee to cover the cost of administering the registry.

(i)

Information gathered through a registry established under Subsection (h) shall be posted on the departments Internet website and may be made available in any other format agreed on by the commissioner and a requestor who pays the appropriate fee for reproducing the record.

(j)

The vineyard and fruit growers registry fund is an account in the general revenue fund. Fees collected under Subsection (h) shall be deposited to the credit of that account. Money in the account may be appropriated only to the department and may be used only to cover administrative and personnel costs of the department associated with administering a registry established under Subsection (h).
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 878 (S.B. 1137), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2005.
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