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2017 Food Service Guidance for Oregon Wineries

The January 2017 “Guidance for Food Service at Wineries on Farmland under Oregon Senate Bill 841” issued by the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and Oregon Liquor Commission with input from the Oregon Winegrowers Association, seeks to help answer questions that have arisen since the 2013 enactment of Senate Bill 841. Prior to enactment of … Continue Reading

Hidden Land Use Issues with Urban Winery Properties

The interest in urban wineries is on the rise, with companies looking to take advantage of close proximity to customers, empty warehouse and industrial space, and access to city water and sewer.  However, hidden land use issues can present significant problems when pursuing this type of urban property, particularly within the City of Portland (City). … Continue Reading

Rebuilding: Dealing with or Without Earthquake Insurance

The following post was written by my colleagues Tom Woods, Parissa Ebrahimzadeh & Bao Vu As part of the Northern California business community and as an advisor to business, we support the Napa and the surrounding Bay Area in getting homes and businesses back on their feet following the August 24, 2014 Napa Valley earthquake. … Continue Reading

Top 5 Takeaways From This Year’s Wine Law Seminar

Stoel Rives’ 7th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar attracted nearly 100 wine industry professionals and covered several hot topics ranging from employment law, allergen and organic labeling regulations, growler enforcement and other legislative updates, and distribution agreements. We also caught up with Mark Freund, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank, Kevin O’Brien, Director – Business Advisory, … Continue Reading

Oregon Senate Bill 841 Provides Some Certainty for Wineries but Leaves Some Wanting

Oregon Senate Bill 841 brings finality to the ongoing debate about the appropriate intensity of agri-tourism and other commercial events held at wineries on agricultural land. Looking forward, wineries permitted under ORS 215.452 are allowed to engage in activities that are directly related to the sale and marketing of wine without local review. These types … Continue Reading

Grab your growlers!

Governor Kitzhaber signed the “Growler Bill” into law Thursday. The new law amends ORS chapter 471 and allows wineries, local groceries, and other retail licensees to sell wine to consumers in growlers. Wineries are increasing the use of kegs and the bill is touted by proponents as responding to changing trends and promoting sustainable packaging. … Continue Reading

Registration Ends Tomorrow: 6th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar

Sign up now to join us this Thursday, April 4 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon for the 6th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar. Topics will include federal and state requirements applicable to exporting overseas, export-related distribution agreements, employment law for wineries, status of foreign investments in the U.S. wine industry, trademarking your … Continue Reading

Oregon HB 4121: Another Round of Legislation Related to Wineries on Agricultural Lands

Oregon House Bill (“HB”) 4121 expands the basis for allowing wineries to be sited on land zoned Exclusive Farm Use (“EFU”). The bill, in addition to vineyards, would allow wineries to qualify as permitted uses under ORS 215.452 if 15 or 40 acres of land was used to cultivate or produce agricultural products other than … Continue Reading

Join us for our 4th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar

Join Stoel Rives winery and vineyard attorneys this Thursday, February 3, at the 4th Annual Oregon Wine Law Seminar, in Newberg, Oregon at The Allison Inn & Spa. This seminar will address these pertinent topics and more: The use of social media to promote your winery Distillery operations at a winery Scope of permissible commercial activities – … Continue Reading
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