The COVID-19 pandemic has created new health and economic challenges for communities across our State. Specifically, our State’s wineries are expected to lose an estimated $2.54 billion in on premise sales, in addition to other net losses. Workers in the wine industry have also taken a significant hit with thousands of workers being laid off, despite being an essential industry.
AB 2957 allows licensed wineries to refill consumer bottles (or growlers) at their one off-site tasting room. This bill not only provides a form of relief to our State's wineries, but also provides for an additional sustainable practice that all wineries can implement across the State. In fact, one wine keg alone saves 39 bottles from being filled/used in the packaging process.
Below is a photo from Assemblymember Rivas's Governmental Organization Committee presentation of AB 2957.