Requirements for New TN DTC Licenses and Renewals

Wine Institute has learned that Tennessee has increased enforcement of a regulatory requirement for new DTC licenses and renewals to provide proof of business registration with the TN Secretary of State. We have been working with the TN ABC on this issue and they now intend to amend the direct shipping rules to remove the […]

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Tennessee Fulfillment House License Application for DTC Available

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has made available the online application for its new Fulfillment House License. The license is required of any company taking physical possession of or handling logistics on behalf of a winery direct shipper, including warehousing, packaging, order fulfillment or delivering to a common carrier for shipment to a consumer. […]

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DTC Changes in Tennessee

On May 12, 2021, Tennessee Governor Lee signed legislation (H.B. 1481) to increase the amount of wine that a direct shipper may now ship to a consumer per year, from three to six cases. This is for direct shippers producing less than 270,000 liters (30,000 cases) per year. The three case per person, per year, […]

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Tennessee Governor Signs Workable Fulfillment Legislation

The Tennessee legislature has passed and the Governor has signed a bill that requires licensing and reporting by fulfillment houses and reporting of DTC shipment information by wineries. The bill(s), as originally filed, would have banned the use of fulfillment houses for DTC wine sales. Wine Institute worked with stakeholders and the ABC to craft a […]

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Local Sales Tax Reporting Changes in Tennessee

Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, wineries that hold a Tennessee Direct Wine Shipper license will no longer have the option to collect and remit the local sales tax at a standard 2.25% local rate. For sales that occur on or after Oct. 1, 2019, out-of-state sellers, including wineries, must apply the specific sales tax rate of […]

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Tennessee Poised to Allow Wine Sales

On March 20, when Governor Bill Haslam signed H610 into law, Tennessee became the first state to expand the sale of wine into food stores since Iowa privatized wine sales in the mid-1980’s. Before any changes can take place, local cities and/or counties that are located in areas that are already “wet” for either on- […]

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Entire State of Tennessee Open for Direct-to-Consumer Shipping

Wineries no longer have to worry about determining which areas of Tennessee are approved for direct-to-consumer shipping. On May 20, 2011, Governor Haslam signed Senate Bill 1030 into law, opening the entire state of Tennessee for direct-to-consumer shipping. SB 1030 amends Section 57-3-217(d) of the Tennessee code by striking the language prohibiting direct shippers from […]

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Do Not Ship Zip Codes in Tennessee

The Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission has made it easier for Direct Shippers to determine if a consumer lives in a wet or dry area of TN by listing the zip codes for dry areas. Tennessee law only allows wineries with an approved direct shipper’s license to ship wine to consumers in municipalities that allow off-premise […]

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TN Direct Shipper Applications and Instructions Available

Wineries are now able to apply to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a Direct Shipper license. Direct Shipper licensees may ship no more than 1 case (9 liters) of wine to a TN consumer during a calendar month and total shipments to each consumer may not exceed 3 cases (27 liters) of wine during […]

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Tennessee and Maine Allow Direct-To-Consumer Shipments

Governor Bredesen of Tennessee signed Senate Bill 166 on June 5, 2009 making it possible for wineries to obtain permits to ship wine directly to Tennessee consumers beginning July 1, 2009. There is a one time non-refundable fee of $300 to submit the permit application to the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission for review. Once the […]

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