Delaware: Awaiting Action on Senate Bill 49

Updated: April 6, 2020

Dear Wine Lovers of Delaware,

At this time, we are hoping for a vote on Senate Bill 49, which was introduced in 2019 and carried over into 2020.

If passed into law, the bill will allow winery direct to consumer shipments to consumers in Delaware. But like its 2018 predecessor (House Bill 165), SB49 bans shipments of any wines listed in the Delaware Beverage Guide.  The goal was to offer an amendment correcting the provision alongside SB 49.

In May 2019, the Senate Banking, Business & Insurance Committee held a hearing on SB 49. Testimony was heard, but no vote was taken on the proposed legislation.Ultimately, the legislative session adjourned on June 30, 2019 without a vote on SB49 by the Senate committee.

Thanks to all of you who wrote you state legislators this year in support of legal, regulated direct shipping. We will update you as we hear more news.

Thank you,

Free the Grapes!