Ohio is home to more than 220 wineries, each playing an important role in their local economies and communities. We recognize their important impact every June as we celebrate Ohio Wine Month.

House Bill 342 establishes the A-2f liquor permit under the Division of Liquor Control, within the Ohio Department of Commerce. The permit is issued to wine manufacturers that grow grapes on land designated for agricultural use, using those grapes to make wine. It is important to note, wine imported for blending may not exceed 40% of the total product.

The Ohio Farm Winery permit allows eligible farms to operate with the distinction of “farm winery.” This legislation, sponsored by Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Township), has since passed both chambers, having been vetted by the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee.

If the bill is approved by Governor Kasich, it will become effective 90 days after being signed. The creation of this special permit will continue to promote family wineries across the state and benefit businesses and local economies.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns about the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-6026, by e-mail at, or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.

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