Ohio Ups Gallonage Cap

On June 2nd, Governor Strickland signed an emergency measure that upped the capacity cap from 150,000 gallons to 250,000 gallons. The measure goes into effect on July 1, 2008 and amends Section 4301.10(A)(8)(c) of the Ohio Revised Code.

The 100,000 gallon increase results in benefits for wineries and consumers alike. Now wineries producing between 150,000 and 250,000 gallons annually will be able to get a direct shipper’s permit and have access to the state which, in turn, provides Ohio residents with a wider selection of wines from which to choose. However, the cap is still in place, and until Ohio joins the ranks of states which have no capacity caps, both wineries and consumers will suffer.

Wineries that produce between 150,000 gallons and 250,000 must apply for the B-2a and/or S permits with new application forms, however, as of June 23, 2008 Ohio has not yet updated their permit applications to reflect the increased capacity cap. To obtain general information on obtaining a B-2a and/or S permit, visit the Ohio Division of Liquor, and click on “Direct Shipping Information”. To check for updated applications, click on “Agency Operations Section (Liquor Agencies, Spirituous Liquor)”.

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  1. What this bill also did though is restrict the ability for in-home wine tasting companies to do business in Ohio. While the increase to ship is a good thing, the elimination of hundreds of tax-paying independent businesses is a travesty. The governor and the legislature of Ohio need to take a serious look at ALL legislation that passes their desk and be sure they are not eliminating jobs by passing some monopolistic addendums to the law.

    Why limit the ability for independent consultants to market in private in-home/office settings? What impact is that going to have to the massive income generated by wine distributors in the state? Are the wine distributors that threatened by individual businesses? It is to their benefit to allow these private businesses to flourish. Increasing wine education will only improve everyone’s business and Ohio’s tax dollars. The governor needs to rethink that bill and sign an amendment to take out that restrictive language before he starts losing taxpayers and voters!



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