A request for a variance to allow a retail wine store in downtown Levelland was approved Monday by the city council with no public opposition.
Levelland currently has an ordinance in place that prohibits any business that sells alcohol to be within 300 feet of a church.
But state law does give cities the authority to allow variances, said City Manager Rick Osburn.
Local grower Steve Newsom said opening a store at 618 Ave. H where wine could be tasted and bought would promote the grapes grown in Hockley County and regional and Texas wines.
Newsom said that 80 percent of the grapes grown in Texas for wine production come from three West Texas counties including Hockley and Terry.
‘They leave here and go to Hill Country wineries,’ he said. ‘Our goal is to offer wines that are grown right here in Hockley County.’
Newsom said a wine store here would expand opportunities in agriculture and the community.
He, Chace Hill and Rowdy Bolen propose operating the business as Trilogy Cellars.