Victory for Free the Grapes
October 3, 2015 by nancy_barto
Arizona’s laws are strangling our homegrown wineries, but that is soon to change as SB 1381 was signed into law – Read Victory for Arizona’s Wineries – And why I sponsored the legislation this year to set the grapes free:
Currently, a “small” winery located in-state or out-of-state that produces
less than 8,412 cases (20,000 gallons) of wine per year may ship an
unlimited amount of wine directly to Arizona consumers.
But…there are at least 1,000 wineries in the U.S. that have successfully
grown their business beyond 20,000 gallons, including some in Arizona.
However, the only way a wine connoisseur in Arizona can purchase wines from these medium-to-large
wineries is to actually visit the winery first! And then he or she is limited to
receive only 2 cases of wine from that winery each year. These 1,000
wineries produce more than 90% of the wine in the U.S.
These are unconstitutional restrictions according to the Arizona Free Enterprise Club. See “Uncorking Consumer Choice: A case for direct wine sales”.
For nearly 10 years, wine shipments have been made directly to Arizona
consumers from hundreds of out-of-state small wineries. But it’s time to give real
choice to Arizona consumers. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia
(soon to be 43 states) allow some winery-direct shipments; only Arkansas,
Rhode Island and Arizona require the consumer to visit the winery first,
and only four states have a “production cap,” including Arizona.