- Fee:$315, plus one-time $100 fee
- Expiration:1 yr from issue date
- Tax on Shipping:Yes
- Still Wine: $.79/gal
- Still Wine-Produced by Small Wineries: $.20/gal
- Sparkling Wine: $1.98/gal
- Fortified Wine: $1.98/gal
Limits per Winery
- 2 cases per person every 2 months
- 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
Label Registration Required
- Labels approved for wholesale distribution are also approved for direct-to-consumer
- $200 per label for a 3-year period
- ONLY wines manufactured by the permittee on the permitted premises may be sold and shipped to consumers
An Out-of-State Shipper’s Permit is required for on-site and off-site sales to consumers in CT.
- SB 647 amended Conn. Gen. Stat. §30-18a to prohibit sales of wine below cost by permittees, effective July 1, 2019.
- 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 20¢ per wine gallon (rather than the regular tax rate of 79¢).
- 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.”
States Enforce DTC RulesFebruary 6, 2020
The continued growth of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales channel means that states will continue to make DTC shipping laws a priority for enforcement in 2020. An increasing number of states are investigating DTC shipments and conducting compliance checks on direct shipper permit holders and common carriers. Wineries that ship directly to consumers outside of California … Read More ⟶
Liquor Control Division
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 901
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 713-6210
450 Columbus Blvd., Ste. 1
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 297-5962