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Arizona Begins Processing Winery License Applications

Update December 1, 2016

Wine Institute issued a notice to wineries on December 1 that said, in part: "Wineries of all sizes may now obtain a Direct Wine Shipment license (17W) from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. Wineries may begin making shipments to Arizona consumers once they receive their 17W License from the DLLC. The amount of wine that can be shipped per person, per winery, per year, is phased in over three years: 6 cases through 2017; 9 cases in 2018; and 12 cases beginning in 2019 and thereafter." For more information, visit www.wineinstitute.org

Update: April 1, 2016

On March 31, 2016, Governor Ducey signed Senate Bill 1381, introduced by Senator Barto, which takes effect January 2017. The bill allows consumers to order directly from any US winery without requiring a visit to the winery first, and regardless of the winery’s production size. Wineries may obtain shippers licenses from Arizona; winery shipments are limited to a maximum of six cases per person in 2017, then 9 cases in 2018, and 12 cases in 2019 and beyond.

SB 1381 won widespread support from consumers, free market advocates, and winery organizations, including the Arizona Wine Growers Association. At this time, only Rhode Island and Arkansas continue to require consumers to first visit a winery before receiving any winery direct shipments.

Thank you, Arizona,for your persistence and support!

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