Why? Gallo is proposing to build a massive processing and distribution plant in South Carolina.
Gallo is pressuring the South Carolina assembly to change the state ABL laws in their favor.
The big issue is that current prevents licensed wineries from having more than one tasting room. The “Gallo” bill introduced in the South Carolina State Legislator provides for allowing E&J Gallo to open up three satellite tasting rooms.
The proposed bill reads, a winery producing or bottling at least thirty million gallons of wine and alcoholic beverages per calendar year in this State may operate three tasting-room premises;
In other words, Gallo is free to compete with the existing small craft family wineries licensed across the state.
Not only that, the is changed to allow for Gallo to serve in their tasting rooms, any wine brand under it’s corporate ownership, even if not produced in South Carolina.
An egregious example of big corporation sticking it to small business!
Following is the exhaustive list of brands owned by E&J Gallo! It’s alphabetical for your convenience!
Heavenly Father, on this cold blustery evening, we commit to your protection all farms, orchards, and vineyards affected by the raw cutting wind and this blast of cold frigid air.
We implore of you, the one who rules the seasons, to intercede on our behalf, so that the crops remain safe from frost and cold and so find in your favor that the harvest may give plentiful fruit which will allow their stewards to supply the yield which brings abundant needs and joy to the lives of so many.
Greenville County kept saying no, no, no, and then they said yes!
Construction set to commence immediately!
Josh and Deb Jones purchased City Scape Winery back in 2015. The vineyard consisted of 1.5 acres under vine and a 620 square foot tasting room.
At that time, they were the youngest winery owners in the Southeast, possibly in the country.
The existing small tasting room only had a few small tables and the current production facility only 1400 square feet.
Over the last 6 years business at the Winery has continued to flourish. An outdoor patio was added, along with two large outdoor event style tents for covered seating.
Four years in the planning, this major expansion has broken ground in the small community of Pelzer, in Southern Greenville County, South Carolina.
Owners Josh and Deb Jones visited approximately 50 wineries in Napa and over 20 countries in their research for the best winery design and practices.
The new building will consist of 10,620 square feet, split between two levels. The upper level for the 5,000 plus square feet tasting room, and the lower level of 5,000 square feet for the production facility.
The tasting room level will include a back deck overlooking a newly planted vineyard.
With 1.5 acres currently under vine, the new lower vineyard will consist of an additional acre under vine.
The new 5,000 sq. ft. production facility will allow for significant growth in wine production. City Scape currently produces approximately 6,000 cases a year.
The County mandated a retaining pond be installed, so in true City Scape non-traditional style the pond will be completed in the shape of a wine glass.
Josh Jones mused, “so when Google Earth updates, and we look down at City Scape Winery there will be our retaining pond in the shape of a wine glass.”
Anticipated completion in late Fall of 2021.
A Grand Opening is tentatively scheduled for mid-December of 2021.
As Jones excitedly exclaimed, “there’s nothing else like it in Greenville County!”
City Scape Winery 589 Dunklin Bridge Rd. Pelzer, S.C.
Open Thursday – Saturday. 11AM – 6:30PM Sunday 1-5:30PM