Farm winery; licensees allowed to manufacture wine containing 21% or less of alcohol by volume. (SB1165)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; farm wine produced by educational institutions exclusively for research and educational purposes; permit required. Authorizes the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to grant permits to any accredited public or private institution of higher education to operate a farm winery under certain conditions. The bill requires the ABC Board to adopt regulations concerning the requirements for this permit, including that such institutions (i) not sell the wine so manufactured or otherwise use the wine for any other purpose except for research and educational purposes and (ii) store the wine on premises of the farm winery that are separate and apart from all other facilities of the institution. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102033D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/16/2015Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2015Read second time and engrossed
01/21/2015Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/10/2015Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Committee substitute printed 15104987D-H1
02/11/2015Read second time
02/12/2015Read third time
02/12/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104987D-H1
02/12/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1165H1
02/12/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1165H1)
02/12/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/12/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Title replaced 15104987D-H1
02/18/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1165ER)
02/18/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1165ER)
02/18/2015Signed by Speaker
02/20/2015Signed by President
02/23/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/23/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/15
02/23/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/17/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 288 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0288)


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.