In a 103-1 vote, S.C. House members gave key approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow the state's wineries to import more out-of-state juice to make wines.
Under current law, a majority of the juice that the state's wineries use in their wines must be from S.C.-grown fruits and berries. That results in the state's wineries making niche wines – from scuppernongs and blackberries, for instance. However, those niche wines are the most popular with most wine drinkers, who prefer wines make up wine grapes that cannot be grown in South Carolina due to the climate.
The proposal would allow S.C. wineries to bring in more out-of-state-grown wine grapes to make more popular merlot, chardonnay and pinot grigio wines.
After one more vote, the bill heads to the Senate for consideration.