Toccoa Commission Approves Wine Tasting Ordinance

March 15, 2013

The city of Toccoa is implementing a new wine tasting ordinance.

Toccoa City Commissioners approved the ordinance unanimously at its first reading Monday and also voted unanimously to waive the second reading. By doing that, the ordinance takes effect immediately.

Toccoa City Attorney John Dickerson said the ordinance has to do with establishing rules for farm wineries and tasting rooms in the city limits.

“This ordinance allows farm wineries, principally wineries that are in the state of Georgia and produce wine in the state of Georgia, to have tasting rooms in various locations,” said Dickerson.

Dickerson said that the previous rule did not allow a farm winery to set up a tasting room in this manner.

City officials said that this ordinance will assist a local farm winery in Stephens County by allowing it to have designated tasting rooms where it can allow people to taste its wine and purchase it. Dickerson added that a lot of other cities in Georgia, especially north of Toccoa, have similar ordinances in place to assist their local wineries.

Under the ordinance, a farm winery would pay the city $50 per year for each tasting room within the city limits.

The ordinance allows a farm winery to establish up to five tasting rooms.

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