Wine barrels can make a “total wine” in Delaware, a wine industry official said.
The wine barrel industry was created in 2015 when Delaware was granted a waiver from the federal government to continue production of wine for export.
That waiver allowed the industry to expand its export market and create jobs.
The industry has grown by about 20 percent in the last three years.
The Delaware State Liquor and Cannabis Board has proposed the creation of a new $500 million wine barrel program to help fund the project.
The program will pay for the production of up to 5 million barrels annually and also pay for environmental, safety and environmental remediation work, including building a new pipeline.
The project would also include a retail outlet and a winery in the same facility.
The plan is in the works for years, said David O’Bryan, the agency’s executive director.
We’ve heard from many stakeholders and our board has been working on this for years.
The board has received numerous public comments on the project and we have a solid set of ideas.