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)”.