The state Senate on Thursday passed a wine in grocery store bill that sets up local referendums on the subject.
The bill would not take effect until July 1, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said, "This is a great step forward. For the first time, citizens will have the opportunity to purchase wine in their grocery store if the current bill passes.
"There is still a long way to go but Tennessee is moving forward in expanding consumer choice and spurring economic growth with this common-sense, pro-market measure."