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Winegrowers in the newly-approved US AVA of Malibu Coast are fighting a change to local laws that they claim will ban new vineyards in the region and force some existing ones to be ripped out.

A vote on the new laws happens next week

A vote on the new laws happens next week

Fifty-two vineyard-owners in the area are opposing the measures, which they argue will stop the Malibu Coast from becoming a “world-class grape growing region”. The companies include Montage Vineyards, Colcanyon Estate Wines, Dolin Malibu Estates, Malibu Solstice, and Jim Palmer’s Malibu Vineyard.

The LA County Board of Supervisors will vote on the measures at a meeting on 26 August. The companies say they are “eager to shed light on this subject and to get a fair hearing at the supervisors meeting”.

The US government’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau approved Malibu Coast as an American Viticultural Area last month, which means wines can be labelled as ‘Malibu Coast’. Previously, they were labelled under the “Los Angeles County” or “California” AVAs. 


Sectors: Legislation, Wine

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