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DABC grants winery license in polygamous community in southern Utah

Published August 28, 2014 8:51 am

Hildale • The owners will make red, rosé wines.
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The tiny polygamous community of Hildale one day could become a Utah wine destination.

The state liquor commission unanimously granted a wine-manufacturing license Tuesday to Vintage Reserve Estates in Hildale, which straddles the Utah and Arizona border and is best known as the headquarters for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Many adults in the FLDS community practice plural marriage and — unlike members of Utah's predominant Mormon faith — are known to drink alcoholic beverages.

Vintage Reserve Estates has five owners, three from Hildale and Colorado City, the twin city in Arizona, said Abe Kader, a compliance officer with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

"It's one of the biggest, cleanest and best-equipped wineries I've seen," he said.

The owners, who did not attend Tuesday's meeting, plan to make red and rosé wines using grapes grown out of state, Kader said. They plan to sell the wines through the state liquor system and eventually could apply for a package agency license so the wine could be sold on the Hildale property, making it a southern Utah wine destination.

Vintage Reserve Estates is the 14th business to get a wine-manufacturing license from the state.