Kansas seeking federal wine label designation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — This season's grapes from Kansas vineyards will soon be pressed, fermented and aged, but the bottles they'll be poured into won't have a key designation on the label that other wines in the country boast.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that wine producing regions are granted a government designation known as an American Viticultural Area designation. The wine industry in Kansas is still seeking its first designation.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department awards the AVA designations to applicants, recognizing wines made from grapes grown in a particular soil, climate, elevation and other factors.

In the spring, Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland co-sponsored a resolution in the Legislature, encouraging the state's Congressional delegation work with Kansas grape growers and winemakers petitioning for AVAs.

Holland says there are no active applications at this time.