Local winemakers say a recent decision by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is having little impact in York County.

The PLCB last week announced a change to wine pricing that now permits some wineries to sell their wines for less than that same wine sells at state liquor stores.

Licensed limited wineries, those selling up to 200,000 gallons of wine per year, are eligible according to the new rule.

"It's a welcome change, but it doesn't really affect us," said Jim Miller, owner of Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery in Wrightsville.

Before the new rule was adopted, wineries had to sell their bottles of wine at the same price as in state stores.

But the rule forced Pennsylvania wineries to sell their bottles to the state at a significant discount to leave room for the state's 18 percent liquor tax and the LCB's 30 percent markup.

"We don't have wines in state stores, and the old rule is one of the variables that led to that decision. We like to offer discounts on our wines, and that was always an issue with the LCB," Miller said.

The new rule makes it more attractive to sell his wine in state stores, but he's not sure if he will, he said.

Elsewhere: Naylor Wine Cellars Inc. sells one of its wines to state liquor stores, but the change in pricing rules won't encourage the Stewartstown winery to sell more to the state, said winemaker Ted Potter.


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"There are still some other rules that make it tough," he said.

For example, customers can return unopened bottles years after they were purchased, and the state passes on costs from those returns to the wineries, Potter said.

The LCB sells more than 100 Pennsylvania wines in all of its stores, and another 43 wines are included in specific stores through the PA Preferred program. In that program, PA Preferred wineries may submit up to 10 wines to be sold in 10 stores they select.

Naylor Wine Cellars and Allegro Winery and Vineyards in Brogue are the only two wineries in York County that have earned the PA Preferred branding, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

The department manages the PA Preferred program, which is by application only and has admitted 12 wineries throughout Pennsylvania.

While the distinction gives added exposure to Naylor Wine Cellars, it doesn't offer the full experience of buying wine at a winery, Potter said.

"You can taste test before you buy here," he said.

In Glen Rock: Logan's View Winery in Glen Rock hasn't partnered with the state because of volume, said co-owner Jan Markel.

The winery has a retail location in Brown's Orchards & Farm Market in Loganville and a satellite location at 16 N. Main St. in Shrewsbury.

"Brown's is so busy that we had to really work hard to try and keep up with demand there. We're now making enough that we're not running out. We couldn't take on an account with the state," Markel said.

Also, the old pricing structure made it a little less attractive to sell to the state, she said.

"The closest state store to us is in Shrewsbury, where we have our satellite location. It didn't make sense to ask our customers to pay more at a liquor store than they would in our store," Markel said.

Logan's View Winery is pleased with its local customer base and probably won't be swayed to sell to the state, even with the new pricing structure, Markel said.

"It's good news, but it probably won't change how we do business," she said.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.