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Wholesale Distribution Systems for Wine

Laws addressing wholesale distribution of wine including State-run, private licensed sellers, or combination systems.

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Date Range Distribution System: Wine Subtype
Alcohol Content Range
V=Alcohol by Volume
W=Alcohol by Weight
N=Measurement Not Specified
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AL (Alabama)
1/1/1998 - 5/3/1998License0.50%V - 14.00%V4 Citations
AL (Alabama)
1/1/1998 - 5/3/1998State-run>14.00%V - 24.00%V2 Citations
AL (Alabama)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2010Mixed/Not Overlapping 
AL (Alabama)
5/4/1998 - 7/31/2009License0.50%V - 14.90%V5 Citations
AL (Alabama)
5/4/1998 - 7/31/2009State-run>14.90%V - 24.00%V3 Citations
AL (Alabama)
8/1/2009 - 6/30/2010License0.50%V - 16.50%V6 Citations
AL (Alabama)
8/1/2009 - 6/30/2010State-run>16.50%V - 24.00%V3 Citations
AL (Alabama)
7/1/2010 - 1/1/2018License 
AL (Alabama)
7/1/2010 - 1/1/2018License0.50%V - 24.00%V6 Citations
ID (Idaho)

On July 1, 2003, "dessert wine" was added to those wines authorized for distribution by a "wine distributor's license," thus increasing the high end of the alcohol content range from 16 percent to 21 percent ABV.

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2003Both>4.00%W - 16.00%V8 Citations
ID (Idaho)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2003State-run>16.00%V - 100.00%N4 Citations
ID (Idaho)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2011License0.00%N - 4.00%W4 Citations
ID (Idaho)

On July 1, 2003, "dessert wine" was added to those wines authorized for distribution by a "wine distributor's license," thus increasing the high end of the alcohol content range from 16 percent to 21 percent ABV.

7/1/2003 - 6/30/2011Both>4.00%W - 21.00%V9 Citations
ID (Idaho)
7/1/2003 - 3/19/2017State-run>21.00%V - 100.00%N4 Citations
ID (Idaho)
7/1/2011 - 1/1/2018License0.00%N - 16.00%V9 Citations
ID (Idaho)

The storage and distribution of "table wine" that is manufactured in Idaho may continue via the state system. "Table wine" is defined as any "alcoholic beverage containing not more than sixteen percent (16%) alcohol by volume obtained by the fermentation of the natural sugar content of fruits or other agricultural products containing sugar whether or not other ingredients are added." See Idaho Code §§ 23-203 and 23-1303.

On July 1, 2003, "dessert wine" was added to those wines authorized for distribution by a "wine distributor's license," thus increasing the high end of the alcohol content range from 16 percent to 21 percent ABV.

7/1/2011 - 3/19/2017Both>16.00%V - 21.00%V10 Citations
ID (Idaho)

The storage and distribution of "table wine" that is manufactured in Idaho may continue via the state system. "Table wine" is defined as any "alcoholic beverage containing not more than sixteen percent (16%) alcohol by volume obtained by the fermentation of the natural sugar content of fruits or other agricultural products containing sugar whether or not other ingredients are added." See Idaho Code §§ 23-203 and 23-1303.

3/20/2017 - 1/1/2018Both>16.00%V - 24.00%V10 Citations
ID (Idaho)
3/20/2017 - 1/1/2018State-run>24.00%V - 100.00%N4 Citations
MS (Mississippi)

The State Tax Commission in Mississippi has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations authorizing on- premises retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from package retailers and for package retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from other package retailers. See Miss. Code Ann. § 67-1-41(4).

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2006Mixed/Overlapping 
MS (Mississippi)

Beginning July 1, 2006, native wineries are authorized to make sales to retailers only if those retailers are located outside the State of Mississippi. Prior to July 1, 2006, native wineries were authorized to make sales to retail permittees in Mississippi as well as retailers located outside of Mississippi.

The State Tax Commission in Mississippi has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations authorizing on- premises retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from package retailers and for package retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from other package retailers. See Miss. Code Ann. § 67-1-41(4).

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2006Both0.00%N - 21.00%W10 Citations
MS (Mississippi)

The State Tax Commission in Mississippi has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations authorizing on- premises retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from package retailers and for package retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from other package retailers. See Miss. Code Ann. § 67-1-41(4).

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2006State-run>21.00%W - 100.00%N3 Citations
MS (Mississippi)

The State Tax Commission in Mississippi has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations authorizing on- premises retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from package retailers and for package retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from other package retailers. See Miss. Code Ann. § 67-1-41(4).

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2018State-run 
MS (Mississippi)

Beginning July 1, 2006, native wineries are authorized to make sales to retailers only if those retailers are located outside the State of Mississippi. Prior to July 1, 2006, native wineries were authorized to make sales to retail permittees in Mississippi as well as retailers located outside of Mississippi.

The State Tax Commission in Mississippi has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations authorizing on- premises retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from package retailers and for package retailers to purchase limited amounts of alcoholic beverages from other package retailers. See Miss. Code Ann. § 67-1-41(4).

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2018State-run0.00%N - 100.00%N23 Citations
NC (North Carolina)

Pursuant to N.C. Admin. Code tit. 4, r. 2R.1402, local boards are required to purchase fortified wine only from North Carolina wholesalers who have been issued a wine wholesaler permit.

1/1/1998 - 9/30/2004License0.50%V - 100.00%N4 Citations
NC (North Carolina)

Pursuant to N.C. Admin. Code tit. 4, r. 2R.1402, local boards are required to purchase fortified wine only from North Carolina wholesalers who have been issued a wine wholesaler permit.

10/1/2004 - 1/1/2018License0.50%V - 24.00%V7 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)
1/1/1998 - 2/6/2005State-run>0.50%V - 100.00%N4 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)
2/7/2005 - 1/1/2018State-run>0.50%V - 24.00%N5 Citations
UT (Utah)
1/1/1998 - 5/4/2008State-run>0.50%V - 100.00%N6 Citations
UT (Utah)
5/5/2008 - 1/1/2018State-run0.50%V - 100.00%N14 Citations
VA (Virginia)

Among other products, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board distributes wine produced by Virginia farm wineries. Other wines from 0.5 percent ABV to and including 14 percent ABV are distributed by license.

1/1/1998 - 4/18/2000Both0.50%V - 14.00%V3 Citations
VA (Virginia)
1/1/1998 - 4/18/2000License>14.00%V - 21.00%V3 Citations
VA (Virginia)

Among other products, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board distributes wine produced by Virginia farm wineries. Other wines from 0.5 percent ABV to and including 18 percent ABV are distributed by license.

4/19/2000 - 4/3/2007Both0.50%V - 18.00%V5 Citations
VA (Virginia)
4/19/2000 - 4/3/2007License>18.00%V - 21.00%V4 Citations
VA (Virginia)

Effective April 4, 2007, Virginia authorizes a “nonprofit, nonstock corporation” organized under Virginia Code Title 13.1, Chapter 10, to provide wholesale wine distribution services for “licensed Virginia wineries and farm wineries.” This “nonprofit, nonstock corporation” is “a public instrumentality exercising public and essential governmental functions.” See Va. Code Ann. §§ 3.2-102(B)(5), 4.1-207(2), 4.1-207.1. Other wines from 0.5 percent ABV to and including 21 percent ABV are distributed by license.

4/4/2007 - 1/1/2018Both0.50%V - 21.00%V10 Citations
WA (Washington)
1/1/1998 - 12/7/2011Mixed/Overlapping 
WA (Washington)
1/1/1998 - 12/7/2011License0.50%V - 1.00%W2 Citations
WA (Washington)
1/1/1998 - 12/7/2011Both>1.00%W - 24.00%V5 Citations
WA (Washington)
1/1/1998 - 12/7/2011State-run>24.00%V - 100.00%N4 Citations
WA (Washington)
12/8/2011 - 1/1/2018License 
WA (Washington)
12/8/2011 - 1/1/2018License0.50%V - 100.00%N20 Citations