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State House Approves Bill To Promote Wineries As Tourist Spots

Posted June 29, 2005 11:00 a.m. EDT

— State lawmakers want to market North Carolina wine to a whole new audience.

The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill that moves the North Carolina Grape Council from the Agriculture Department to the Commerce Department.

The bill's goal is to expand the industry by promoting wineries as tourist destinations.

North Carolina is home to 42 wineries, with more on the way.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.