Vermont opens for direct wine shipment

We love to see a purple state turn blue! Vermont officially moved from a prohibited state to a limited direct state on Thursday when Governor Jim Douglas signed into law S.58. In-state and out-of-state wineries can now apply for a $300 direct shipping license and ship up to 12 cases annually to Vermont consumers. Wineries will be required to file direct shipping, excise, and sales tax reports regularly.

The bill also establishes a $200 self-distribution license for in-state and out-of-state wineries. This establishes a means for wineries to “sell up to 2,000 gallons of vinous beverages a year directly to first or second class licensees” provided the winery ships “no more than 40 gallons of vinous beverages per month to any single first or second-class licensee.”
We’ll post more details as they become available…


  1. Brent Stiffler

    Congrats to the VT legislators for writing up new wine shipping laws. Too bad very very few
    wineries will be able to afford the steep tariff. You may have passed laws that now comply with
    the Supreme Court ruling but you haven’t done justice to the people of VT. This is either a case
    greedy politician’s trying to raise more tax revenues or the wholesalers once again getting too
    close to our legislators. OUCH!

  2. JP Eastridge

    There must be a balance between wholesaler’s need to exist, and small wineries need to reach consumers. I think this may be a good compromise.
    If the cost seems too high for a winery to pay for access to consumers (and restaurants and retailers, it seems), maybe their business model needs adjusting. I think the amount traded to a wholesaler in exchange for distribution would at least equal the $500 annual cost, if not be worth several times that. If not, the winery may not want direct access.

  3. Tricia Houston

    I knew I should have stayed in Vermont. Well, this is a model we can take to the next legislative session in Kentucky and see if we can get some changes made to the present restrictive laws. Any move that can be made to open up concumer choice and wineries ability to reach out in their sales is a step in the right direction.



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