The new winery owners in Maharashtra State
are making representations to State Govt. for further liberalizations in
wine sector especially distribution and availability.
Mr. Sharad Pawar,
Union Minister of Food Processing also shares the same view and opined
that wine availability should be further liberalized.
The liquor shops
in Maharashtra were mostly called “ Wine Shops” though wine constituted
and continues to be a very small business in total sale of alcoholic
beverages through these shops.
The State Excise
Department has now advised these shops to rename themselves as “Liquor
Shops”. Is it being speculated that fresh licences may be issued for
setting up shops selling only wine and called “ Wine Shops” to
differentiate between liquor and wine and also to create more awareness
and easy availability.
If this happens,
it will certainly be a good impetus to wine consumption in Maharashtra.
Due to zero
excise duty of wines produced and sold in Maharashtra, the prices have
already come down and easy availability will definitely boost the sales.
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