Alabama Becomes 47th State to Open for Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation (H.B. 437), based on Wine Institute’s model direct shipping bill, on May 13, 2021. This makes Alabama the 47th state to allow winery direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping. Wine Institute thanks Representative Terri Collins for sponsoring the bill and Governor Ivey for signing it. H.B. 437 becomes effective on August 1, 2021. Under the […]

Read More

State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance for ABC Licensees

To assist with winery sales and business operations, Wine Institute’s State Relations Team has compiled a listing of guidance for State ABC licensees in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new resource page is updated continuously as new information is released and changes impacting the sale and regulation of wine are implemented. Many of the […]

Read More

Legislative Update in Alabama & Louisiana

The Alabama legislature has now adjourned. Wine Institute successfully opposed efforts by wholesalers to pass monopoly protection (franchise) laws in both Tuscaloosa and Lee Counties. Also, bills that would have imposed local sales taxes on sales of wine and spirits in Talladega and Shelby Counties were defeated. Local option laws in Alabama are traditionally hard […]

Read More