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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IN DTC Application Form Available

The updated Direct Wine Seller’s Permit Application for Indiana is now available on the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) website. To qualify for a Direct Wine Seller permit the applicant must not have distributed wine through a wine wholesaler in IN within the 120 days preceding their initial application or the applicant must be […]

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Indiana Improves Direct-to-Consumer Law

On May 4, Governor Mike Pence signed legislation (SB 113) into law removing several impediments to direct wine shipping to Indiana consumers, including the existing requirement that all consumers must have made a one-time face-to-face visit to the winery prior to placing any subsequent orders. Instead, licensed direct shippers are allowed to use standard age […]

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Indiana Enforces Face-To-Face Transaction Requirement

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission is now enforcing the statutory citation concerning the initial face-to-face transaction requirement in Section 7.1-3-26-6. The face-to-face requirement originally became effective on July 1, 2006, but was later stayed by the Court on August 24, 2007. However, the stay has expired and it is recommended that direct shippers comply […]

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Indiana Clarifies Direct Shipping Rules: Wine Institute Recommends that Wineries Begin Shipments

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, in response to a series of inquiries from Wine Institute’s Regional Counsel Nino Ciaravino and its local counsel John Keeler, today clarified their position with regard to an enforcement component of that state’s direct-to-consumer shipping statutes. Originally passed in March of 2006, Indiana’s DTC shipping statute contained provisions which […]

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