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 […]

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Tasting Samples for Virtual Winery Experiences Approved by TTB

In an effort to help stimulate DTC wine sales, Wine Institute requested that TTB and California ABC provide clear guidance on whether small containers of wine may be shipped to winery customers by common carriers for virtual tastings. During Shelter-in-Place orders, this would replace the traditional tasting room experience where visitors sample small quantities of […]

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States Enforce DTC Rules

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 […]

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2015 Alcohol License Renewal

The Georgia Department of Revenue recently announced that existing licensees can now renew their alcohol license for 2015 via their Georgia Tax Center (GTC) account. Renewals must be completed online using the GTC before the end of the calendar year. Wineries renewing a Manufacturer of Wine, Farm Winery or Broker license are required to submit […]

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Wine Institute Member Update Regarding GA License Reclassification

Georgia’s license requirements for out-of-state wineries have changed. Wineries selling to Georgia distributors are now required be licensed as a Manufacturer (Winery) or a Farm Winery by the Georgia Department of Revenue. Previously wineries selling to Georgia distributors were classified as Alcohol Brokers. The reason for the change is that Georgia rules and regulations do […]

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New Electronic Filing Requirements in Georgia

On Sept. 4, 2012, the Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division introduced an electronic filing and licensing system. All alcohol licensees are now required to renew their license, register brands, file reports and pay excise taxes through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC), located on the Department of Revenue’s website. In order to set […]

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Georgia Clarifies Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Rule

Wine Institute has received information clarifying Georgia’s direct-to-consumer wine shipping regulations. The rule allowing on-site shipments without a permit was not repealed on July 1, 2008 when the new permit law became effective. All wineries may continue to ship up to 5 cases of wine to a Georgia household annually provided the wine was purchased […]

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Georgia – Amended Wine Special Order Applications Available

The amended Georgia Special Order Shipping License application is now available on the Wine Institute and Georgia Department of Revenue websites. Wineries will be required to have an approved Wine Special Order Shipping License and comply with new direct-to-consumer shipping regulations beginning July 1, 2008. The new law increases the quantity limit to 12 cases […]

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Georgia Governor Signs Improved Consumer Wine Shipping Bill into Law

Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, has signed in to law HB 1061, opening the way for out–of-state wineries to ship direct to Georgia’s wine consumers. The new law, effective July 1, 2008 will allow wineries that have obtained the $50 per year “special order shipper’s permit” to ship to Georgia consumers. The volume limit will increase […]

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Clarifications of Direct Shipping Laws

The enforcement and interpretation of various state laws for direct-to-consumer wine shipments continue to evolve. Following are four recent changes and rule clarifications members should be aware of. Connecticut: Wineries of any size are eligible to apply for an Out-of- State Shippers Permit in CT. The cost of the permit is $250 and there is […]

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