Alcoholic beverage control; definition of chaptalization and cider. (HB2295)

Introduced By

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; definition of cider.  Creates two classes of cider by defining it as any beverage, carbonated or otherwise, obtained by the fermentation of the natural sugar content of apples (i) without chaptalization or (ii) containing not more than seven percent of alcohol by volume regardless of chaptalization. The bill defines "chaptalization" as a method of increasing the alcohol in a wine by adding sugar to the must before or during fermentation. The expanded definition of cider is to take into account the natural sweetness of certain Virginia apples. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101932D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/20/2011Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming
01/27/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2011Reported from General Laws with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Read first time
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2011Engrossed by House as amended HB2295E
02/03/2011Printed as engrossed 11101932D-E
02/04/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/11/2011Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Read third time
02/15/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2295ER)
02/21/2011Signed by Speaker
02/22/2011Signed by President
03/18/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 265 (effective 7/1/11)
03/18/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0265)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.