Updated: March 22, 2022
Dear Wine Lovers of Delaware,
As you may know, Delaware is one of only three states that continue to ban all winery-to-consumer direct shipping. The other two are Mississippi and Utah.
But the good news is that House Bill 210 was introduced and, if passed, would allow American wineries licensed by Delaware to ship a limited amount of wine directly to your Delaware home or office. And on March 22, 2022, the bill passed the House Committee on Economic Development/Banking/Insurance and Commerce by an 8-4-1 margin. But it still has a long ways to go.
Sponsored by Representative Michael Smith, the bill needs local consumer support!
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For years we have been encouraging passage of winery direct shipping in Delaware, to no avail. House Bill 210 has common safety provisions such as adult signatures on shipments and labeling requirements, although it does put comparatively low annual limits on the amount of wine that can be directly shipped to each Delaware household (3 cases/year/winery).
However, this bill is a step in the right direction. We believe you should have the freedom to determine which wines you want to buy and how to purchase them. There are more than 10,000 wineries in the United States and HB210 will allow more of them to fulfill consumer demand in Delaware.
Together with you, we hope to expand wine availability in “The First State.” Thank you!
Free the Grapes!