“Small-Farm Wineries” can now ship to Kentucky
In an unexpected turn of events, Kentucky state regulators dropped out of a federal lawsuit, allowing direct to consumer shipping from “small-farm wineries.” These wineries are now able to ship wine direct to customers who place online or phone orders.
Small wineries outside of Kentucky are also able to ship direct, but have to apply for licenses through the state Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. According to the state of Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control Board, a “small-farm winery” is one that produces no more than 50,000 gallons of wine per year.
Like many other opponents of direct shipping, Kentucky regulators argued that it would promote abuse in “dry counties” as well as make it easier for minors to buy. Although the law suit was dropped, an appeal is expected from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky.
This ruling is a serious blow to wine the wine wholesalers of Kentucky, but a victory for consumers and wineries. This opens the door for Kentuckians to begin expanding their wine cellars and begin buying wine from small California wineries.
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