Oregon is regarded internationally as a leader in the production of fine wines. Our wine industry has developed into one of our State’s most important agricultural producers and fastest growing industries, but the statutes that define our wineries have become outdated.
I introduced and chief sponsored HB 3280, updating current statute to reflect the growth in Oregon’s wine production by addressing the current needs of Oregon’s wine industry, while maintaining the integrity of farm land use policy. HB 3280 has found balance by allowing some activities, such as a restaurant, on large wineries where their primary purpose of agriculture and wine production is well established and their size mitigates potential impacts to surrounding areas.
I also helped pass another bill, SB 960, which would allow farmers to supplement their farm income with secondary activities, like special events and weddings, attracting more people to rural Oregon without threatening the underlying agriculture base.