HAMPSHIRE, Tenn. – A couple that owns a local Mid-State winery is hopeful the state will soon allow grocery stores to begin selling wine.
Becky and Brian Hamm are the owners of the Keg Springs Winery located in Hampshire, Tennessee.
"The word Tennessee wine is an oxymoron. It's like those two words that just don't go together," said Becky Hamm.
The Middle Tennessee winery makes some of the best wine in the country; and even had one of their wines rated number one in the state of Tennessee last year.
While customers can find the local wine it at most liquor stores in the Mid-State, the Hamms know there are thousands of customers that are unaware of the locally made wine.
"We're trying to bring more awareness to the consumers in Tennessee that there are really good wines out there," Hamm told Nashville's News 2.
The Tennessee Farm Winegrower Association would like to see the legislation pass the law that would allow Tennessee winemakers to sell their products in local grocery stores.
"Anything that makes wine more accessible to the consumer we support. So anything we can do to get wine as a product in front of the consumer is a good thing," Hamm told Nashville's News 2.
The couple believes that selling wine in local grocery stores would have a positive outcome, including benefiting the economy.
"It's another way to support Tennessee agriculture. All Tennessee wineries buy Tennessee fruit from Tennessee farmers," Brian Hamm said.
This year marks the fourth time the state legislature will consider allowing food retailers sell wine.