The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association is an active force in both state and federal legislation and regulation. Find out how you can get involved!
Legislative & Regulatory advocacy on both the state and federal level for the Texas wine and grape industry starts with you, members of the commercial industry. As important as paying member dues in support of the Association’s operation each year, is reaching out to your elected officials and educating them and their staff members about the industry.
In addition to helping elected officials understand grape and wine production, our key talking points are:
- Economic Impact – $2.27 billion annual revenue in the state of Texas.
- Urban / Rural Interest – Wine and grapes are agricultural products that create a common interest between rural and urban communities in Texas.
- Conservation – Grapes do not require excessive amounts of water and often vineyards use buried drip irrigation.
Who Represents You?
Find out who the current Texas, Federal and state elected officials are by visiting the ‘Who Represents Me?’ website.
The latest economic study (as of December 31, 2015) shows a $2.27 billion impact of wine and wine grapes on the Texas economy. With significant increases in the number of new Texas wineries and vineyards, the Texas wine and grape industry is poised to continue its growth pattern.
The U.S. Congress meets continually throughout the year with several scheduled breaks. In addition to participating with both WineAmerica and the Winegrape Growers of America to ensure the industry’s needs are met on the federal level, association staff and key volunteers travel to Washington DC several times each year to meet with staff and members of congress.
If you have an interest in participating in these trips or are planning a trip to Washington DC and would like help scheduling visits with your elected officials and their staff members, please contact us.
State Legislature Advocacy
The Texas Legislature meets every two years. The Association actively solicits feedback from the membership to develop an agenda prior to each session and the board of directors authorizes the Legislative Committee to manage the pursuit of that agenda during the session.
For bill text go to www.capitol.state.tx.us
When making the phone calls do the following:
- Establish that you are a constituent and ask to speak with your elected official
- Explain how you are involved in the Texas wine and grape industry (calls from loyal consumers are as important as calls from winemakers and grape growers)
- Relate information on the talking points document
- Talk about how each agenda item will impact your business
- Offer to e-mail the talking points for their file
In order that the Legislative Committee may stay apprised of how extensive our message has been broadcast, following your phone calls, please contact us with follow-up information.
Committee Chair: Kyle Frazier
- Penny Adams, Wedding Oak Winery
- Cliff Bingham, Bingham Family Vineyards
- Paul M. Bonarrigo, Messina Hof Wine Cellars
- Monty Dixon, Bar Z Winery
- Jim Evans, Lost Oak Winery
- Elizabeth Hill at Craig, Terrell, Hale & Grantham, LLP
- Brian Heath, Grape Creek Vineyards
- Mark Hyman, Llano Estacado Winery
- Gerald Jones, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
- Bob Landon, Landon Winery
- Mike McHenry, Wedding Oak Winery
- Gabe Parker, Homestead Winery
- Bret Perrenoud, Becker Vineyards
- Susan Steger, Tara Vineyards and Winery
- Dusty Timmons, Lost Draw Vineyards
- Carleton Turner, Got Neaux Creek Vineyard
Legislative Action Day – March 27, 2017
This is a bi-annual event held at the State Capitol during the Texas Legislative Session. The event brings together members of the Texas House and Texas Senate, senior staff, Texas wineries, educational institutions, and the Texas Department of Agriculture for an evening of Viticulture and Enology Education and Wine Tasting.
Senator Jane Nelson and TWGGA host the event where Texas wine is sampled and information discussed.
The day begins with a briefing lunch at The Austin Club (110 E. 9th Street, Austin) at 11:00 am. After lunch, Texas wine and grape industry representatives converge on the State Capitol to visit with their respective legislators. Attendees should plan to set appointments between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. The tasting is 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
The wine tasting is in the Legislative Conference Center E2.002 located in the Capitol Extension Second Floor. The diagrams will assist in finding your meeting and wine tasting locations.
Left to right: Senator Craig Estes, Debbie Reynolds (TWGGA Executive Director), Gabe Parker (Homestead Winery), and Jennifer McInnis (Bending Branch Winery)