Friday, June 06, 2008

Pennsylvania Winery Association Creates Legislative Caucus Group

Winery group forms legislative caucus
By Christina Olenchek
Central Penn Business Journal

The Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Winery Association has formed a legislative caucus dedicated to promote and support the state's wine industry. The first meeting of the Pennsylvania Winery Caucus was held yesterday in Harrisburg.

The caucus' co-chairs are state Sens. Jane Earll (R-Erie) and Michael O'Pake (D-Berks) and state Reps. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) and Rep. Patrick Harkins (D-Erie). Caucus membership is open to other members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

"It was a positive meeting," said Judith Nissley, co-owner and president of Nissley Vineyards in Lancaster County. "(The legislators) can help us with the interests of our industry."

One of the caucus' goals is to promote "Vintage 2012," a five-year plan designed to increase the financial impact of the state's wine industry. The industry contributed $661 million to the state's economy in 2005, according to a study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board.

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