Last Updated: December 10, 2018

Permit

DTC Permit
  • Required:Yes
  • Fee:$315, plus one-time $100 fee
  • Expiration:1 yr from issue date
  • Bond:Yes

Sales Tax

  • Required:Yes
  • State:6.35%
  • Local:No
  • Tax on Shipping:Yes

Excise Tax

  • Required:Yes
  • Still Wine: $.72/gal
  • Still Wine-Produced by Small Wineries: $.18/gal
  • Sparkling Wine: $1.80/gal
  • Fortified Wine: $1.80/gal

Volume Limit

Limits per Winery
  • 2 cases per person every 2 months

Reporting

  • Required:Yes
  • Sales Tax: Last day of each month
  • Excise Tax: Last day of each month
  • Direct Shipment: Last day of each month
  • Record Retention: At least 3 years

Product Requirements

Label Registration Required
  • Labels approved for wholesale distribution are also approved for direct-to-consumer
  • $200 per label for a 3-year period
Product Restrictions
  • ONLY wines manufactured by the permittee on the permitted premises may be sold and shipped to consumers

Additional Information

An Out-of-State Shipper’s Permit is required for on-site and off-site sales to consumers in CT.

  • Applicants must file a Surety Bond or Cash Bond (Form OR-131) with Department of Revenue Services (DRS). The amount of the bond is $500 for a winery that produces not more than 100,000 gallons, otherwise, the amount of the bond is $2000.
  • Applicants must register with DRS for a Sales Tax Permit (Form Reg 1) and an Alcoholic Beverages Distributor License (Addendum D) for tax purposes. After completing Form OR-131, complete and mail Form REG-1 and Addendum D to DRS with a check for the $100 one-time fee for the sales tax permit.
  • Wineries that produce not more than 55,000 gallons of still wine during a calendar year may apply for a Small Winery Certificate (File Form REG-15). The excise tax rate on still wine 21% or less produced by a winery to which a Small Winery Certificate has been issued is 18¢ per wine gallon (rather than the regular tax rate of 72¢).
  • The permit holder must submit a report detailing sales and shipments to CT consumers to the Department of Consumer Protection.
  • When advertising or offering wine for direct shipment to a consumer in this state via the internet or any other on-line computer network, the manufacturer must clearly state its liquor permit number.
  • Wine sold and shipped directly to a person must be shipped in containers that are conspicuously labeled with the words: “Contains alcohol: Signature of person 21 years of age or older required for delivery.”

No More Dry Towns in Connecticut, Only Two in New Hampshire

May 19, 2015

Towns in Connecticut and New Hampshire have approved alcohol sales, increasing consumer access to direct wine shipments. Last fall voters in Bridgewater, the last dry town in Connecticut, repealed the ban on alcohol sales that had been in effect since the 1930’s. With the alcohol ban no longer an issue, licensed direct shippers can ship … Read More ⟶

CONTACT INFORMATION

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Liquor Control Division

450 Columbus Boulevard
Suite 901
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 713-6200
Department of Revenue Services
450 Columbus Blvd., Ste. 1
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 297-5962