2023 National Wine Policy Conference Recap

WineAmerica members from around the country united to carry our messages to over 70 legislative offices, helping us protect and enhance the business climate for the American wine industry.

WWI joined WineAmerica’s Board of Directors, state association leaders, and other key winery members in Washington, DC to bring the American wine industry’s voice to Congress on the week of May 9. Representatives from thirteen different states came to Washington to spread the word about the Farm Bill, USPS Shipping, Nutritional Labeling, Music Licensing, among our 2023 issues. More than 70 Congressional meetings were held, and the entire group met with the senior TTB leadership.

WineAmerica Board Members Ryan Pennington of Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marty Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41, Josh McDonald of Washington Wine Institute, Dustin Tobin of Precept Wines, Mary Reimers of Washington Winegrowers with Congressman¬†Dan Newhouse (WA-R), co-chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus.¬†

We are fortunate to have two Washington wine leaders in Marty Clubb and Ryan Pennington serving on WineAmerica’s Board, which works year-round to advocate for the American wine industry. Congress also needs to hear directly from the businesses they represent to better understand how their policies impact those businesses on a daily basis. WWI will continue communicating our Washington delegation on the needs of Washington wineries, and we encourage all our members to also reach out to their US Senators and the Congressperson representing and let them know we need their help.